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Bowes Railway, Springwell Gateshead - Taster Session in Sandstone Wall Techniques 11th July 2017

Coniston Copper Mine - Heritage Lottery Funded Training Summer 2017

An exciting opportunity over this summer to learn about the copper mining history of Cumbria and be part of the team restoring the physical structure of the building. Four training weeks are being run as which volunteers can learn skills in dry stone walling and lime mortar work.
14 places are available on each training week, and volunteers would be expected to attend all five days of the training programme.
Training weeks are as follows:-
Dry Stone Walling 5th - 9th June Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm each day; 4th - 8th September Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm
Lime Work training - 3rd - 7th July Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm; 11th - 15th September Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm each day.

Full details on the training and how to book a place are on the flyer below.

West Coast Cumbria Maintenance Co-operative Events 2017

West Coast Maintenance Co-operative sessions•

Mon 9 Oct – St Philip’s Mosser provisionally 10am-12.30pm – contact Don Smith Theme To Be Confirmed.

Scottish Lime Centre Training events 2017

A varied programme of traditional skills training being held at their regional training centres in Fife. For more information on any of these courses see the full details are available on their website or email them but highlights include the following:-

CE2 Masonry consolidation techniques for the repair of historic buildings and structures Date: 1st September or 17th November 2017 at Charlestown Workshops, Fife
Time: 09.30 – 16.30
Cost: £180 + VAT
This workshop is the follow on course from CE1 Introduction to lime based mortars and traditional materials for the repair of civil engineering structures and covers two major techniques for consolidating masonry structures, namely grouting (with a liquid mortar) and concealed crack stitching. These are techniques that may be applicable for the repair of masonry arch bridges, culverts, tunnels, lighthouses, viaducts, canals, harbours, retaining walls, piers and other masonry structures which contribute so much to the richness of our heritage.
This one day workshop focusses on remedying voids in traditional masonry buildings and structures in a sympathetic manner using traditional lime and natural cement bound mortars in liquid form to enable grouting. Techniques of crack stitching (for dormant cracks) will also be addressed using a variety of methods and materials to suit the various scenarios that might occur in heritage buildings and structures. This workshop is a mix of theory and practical hands-on work.
Course suitability
This course is suitable for Structural and Civil Engineers and their Technicians including those that look after our roads and railway networks, contractors working on unprotected masonry structures and ruins and custodians of our industrial heritage. This course may also be of interest to Architects and Building Surveyors dealing with ruined structures and buildings.

5th and 6th September Rendering and Harling with Lime Venue: Merryhill Training Centre, Fife Time: 09.30 - 16.30

Many, many historic buildings were finished in lime mortars externally and then handsomely limewashed to provide both protection and decoration. This course will enable you to apply a variety of external lime finishes including formal ‘lined out’ work to less formal textured harled finishes to a wide range of background types including matching in to existing finishes. Attendance at this two day workshop will let you get to grips with both hand casting and mechanical application techniques to effect a range of surface finishes and is relevant for the reinstatement of traditional lime finishes and for new build applications
Course suitability
This course is aimed at those working within the construction industry who have had practical building experience and trowel skills. We are always happy to help learners choose the right course. Please contact us if you would like to discuss which course is suitable for you or your employees.

7th September - Mortar Analysis Explained Charlestown Workshops, Fife, 9.30 - 12.30 half day CPD Training Seminar, Cost £15 + VAT Boost your CPD hours and come and learn something useful with us here at Charlestown Workshops.

The Mortar Analysis Explained seminar will help you gain an understanding the component parts of historic mortars, plasters, renders and harling through a variety of analysis techniques - key information to developing a repair specification that will perform as a compatible replacement. Choosing the wrong mortar could endanger the very fabric of the building that you are trying to conserve.

7th September - Stone Analysis Explained Charlestown Workshops Fife 13.30 - 16.30, half day CPD Training Seminar, Cost £15 + VAT Top up your CPD hours and come and learn something crucial for prolonging the life of our built heritage environment.

The vast majority of our heritage buildings are built with natural stone, some more durable than others. So understanding the importance of the variety of analysis techniques at our disposal for revealing the nature of our building stones and how they might be replicated with currently operating quarries is a vital step in the building conservation process. Choosing the wrong stone could accelerate the decay of surrounding historic masonry, the very opposite of what we want to achieve.

To book a place on either of these seminars please click here, email or call 01388 872722

16th September - Introduction to Dry Stone Walling Merryhill Training Centre, Fife 9.30 - 16.30 Have you always wanted to try drystone walling? Would you like to add to your skills set?

Why not join us for this one day workshop aimed at those who would like to learn the basics of dry stone walling to be able to undertake their own projects. During the course you will construct a new drystone wall and also gain the techniques needed to repair existing structures.
Course Outline : Topics include
• Sorting out - stone is sorted into size and shapes for reconstruction;
• Setting out - set frames and string lines for correct dimensions prior to reconstruction;
• Footings - organise and set footings is the first stage;
• First lift - building stones are placed on top of footings up to knee height;
• Through stones - placement to bond the wall together;
• Second lift - smaller stones are used to the finished height of the wall;
• Coping stones - both sides of the wall bonded together to give protection with a good finish.
Course Suitability The nature of this course requires a good level of physical fitness.
To book a place on this course, please click here, email or call us on 01383 872722.