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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:-

2nd June - Introduction to Lime Based Mortars for Civil and Structural Engineers, Time 9.30 - 16.30 charlestown workshops, Fife. 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, email or call us on 01383 872722.

22nd-23rd June - Rendering & 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.This course is aimed at those working within the construction industry who have had practical building experience and trowel skills

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

24th June - Lime Pointing one day course Venue: Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
Time: 09.30 - 16.30
This popular one day workshop is aimed at those who would like to undertake repointing works as part of a renovation project or simply as general maintenance to traditional masonry structures. A practical 'hands on' training day, attendees will learn to undertake repointing works to with confidence. This course will give a sound understanding of traditional building technology, repair techniques and the materials to use when carrying out repointing. Attendees are encouraged to bring along images of their projects to discuss with the SLCT tutor on the day.
To book a place on this course, please click here, email or call us on 01383 872722.

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.

Further ahead is the Repair and Maintenance of Masonry Arch Bridges Masterclass being held on 25th August 2017.
Venue: 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

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: