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

An opportunity to learn about the correct methods of maintaining and repairing traditional sandstone walls - places are free but limited. Booking information on the poster below.

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.

NHTG Heritage Training Courses

NHTG is recruiting for a trainee in the use of hard and soft metals on historic buildings, to be based with J Hempstock in Manchester. The placement is a bursaried position which runs for 6 months. For more information and to download an application form, please visit

West Coast Cumbria Maintenance Co-operative Events 2017

West Coast Maintenance Co-operative sessions•

Mon 10 July – St Mary’s Gilcrux 10am to pm – contact Christopher Wren Site visit with a tour and talk about the church plus information exchange session with everyone attending. St Mary Gilcrux, WIGTON, CA7 2QD, Grid Ref: NY117328

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:-

29th-30th June - Rubble Wall Building Merryhill Training Centre, Fife 9.30 - 16.30 This practical two day course will equip you to set out, construct and finish a traditional rubble wall using a variety of building stones and traditional lime mortars. The importance of laying the stones correctly and the use of pinning stones will be emphasised so that no more than 30% of the volume of the wall is mortar!
The content of this workshop provides part of the underpinning knowledge required for assessment and accreditation of SQA National Unit 3 – ‘Conservation Masonry’.

To book a place on this course, please click here, email or call us on 01383 872722.

18th August - Sash and Case Window Repairs Merryhill Training Centre, Fife 9.30 - 16.30 Don’t rip out your sash and case windows, did you know that in most cases you can undertake simple repairs add and retain this period feature?
This practical course will prove invaluable if you have a property with Sash and Case Windows. We will cover a short history of the development of windows before looking at the different components that make up a window and the issues to consider when approaching repairs. The course will allow attendees to identify and address various problems that commonly occur with sash windows. Topics covered will include window dismantling and reassembly, replacing ropes, weights, panes and putty. Various repair and improvement techniques will also be covered.
To book a place on this course, please click here email or call 01388 872722

18th August - CE1 Introduction to Lime based Mortars for Civil and Structural Engineers Charlestown Workshops Fife, 9.30 - 16.30 This one day introductory workshop introduces the range of lime and early patented cement based mortars that have been used in the past for the construction of masonry arch bridges, culverts, tunnels, light houses, viaducts, canals, harbours, retaining walls, piers and other masonry structures which contribute so much to the richness of our built heritage. But in many cases, we are asking these structures to outperform any of the expectations that their original designers intended which can leave us with various ‘headaches’ to deal with, without spoiling their beautiful aesthetics. There are now a wide range of lime and natural cement binders and other additives (based on historic additives) that can be used to emulate both the technical and aesthetic performance of original mortars.
To book a place on this course, please click here, or email or call 01388 872722

22-23 August - Making and Using Traditional Mortars C1 - Contractor Level Merryhill Training Centre, Fife 9.30 - 16.30. Our most popular two day introductory course - this practical workshop will provide attendees with a strong understanding of lime technology.
The reasons for using traditional mortars on solid walls will also be explained, to allow you to better advise clients. The course will guide participants to be able to complete pointing work to traditional buildings to a high standard.
The content of this workshop provides the underpinning knowledge required for assessment and accreditation of SQA National Unit 1 – ‘Preparing and Using Basic Lime Mixes’.
To book a place on this course, please click here, email or call 01388872722

25th August - Repair and Maintenance of Masonry Arch Bridges Masterclass Charlestown Workshops, Fife Time: 09.30 - 16.30
Cost: £190 + vat ...... Remember if you are a BLF, IHBC, RICS or RIAS member you are eligible for 20% discount on this seminar. Please just give us a call with your member number.

This one day masterclass looks at all aspects of masonry arch bridge construction and the materials utilized to determine the most appropriate repair schemes. It is suitable for building professionals, contractors, engineers and others involved in heritage work.

To book a place on this masterclass, please click here, email or call us on 01383 872722

26th August Decorative Stone Carving and letter Cutting Merryhill Training Centre, Fife, 9.30 - 16.30 Participants will get to choose to do Decorative Carving in Stone or Letter Cutting for the day.

The course is intended to give participants the skills and knowledge to be able to produce good quality architectural carvings in stone and is an ideal starting point for those interested in both the setting out and application of cutting letters in stone. You will gain knowledge in designing, planning and a range of carving styles guided by our experienced expert tutor.

Participants are encouraged to explore and develop their own image for carving and the course covers how to handle tools and basic carving techniques. The course tutor will give practical demonstrations on each section of the course and guided carving will take place throughout the day. You will be able to create a finished piece of carved work to take home.
Stone and all the tools and equipment required for the course are provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas or sketches of what they would like to carve.
To book a place on this course, please click here for Stone Carving and here for Letter Cutting, email or call us on 01383 872722.

29-30 August - Repairing Traditional Masonry P1 Charlestown Workshops, Fife, 9.30 - 16.30 Cost £175 + VAT CPD Certificates will be issued on completion of the course
This is our most popular 2 day workshop for building professionals and provides an introduction to the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry structures and buildings, for the most part using traditional lime based mortars.
By the end of the course attendees will be able to recognise vernacular and historic finishes to masonry buildings and will gain an understanding of building diagnostics in order to be able to develop specifications in relation to exposure, season, substrates and the nature of masonry repairs required.

To book a place on this course, please click here or email or call 01388 872722

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.

Auckland Castle’s 2017 Heritage Skills Programme

Events throughout May, June and July including long bow making, glass fusing, stone carving, willow basket making, patchwork and felting

For more information or to book call 01388 743 797 or email

Land of Oak and Iron Training and Events

A variety of events and training sessions throughout May, June and July including volunteering opportunities and the Chopwell Woodfest 25th anniversary event.

See website for more details and who to contact as this varies for each event:

Rusland Horizons Training and Events

A variety of events running until July 2017, including swill basket making, dry stone walling, oak bark peeling and lots more.

Download the full programme from their website: