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February Roundup

A few activities coming up around the region and beyond during February. Highlights include a training day in iron railing conservation in Appleby in Cumbria. Activities in and around the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle; activities in North Shields at The Old Low Light, news and events as part of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Project and courses coming up through the National Heritage Ironwork Group, Scottish Lime Centre, and others. Links below to newsletters and posters for further information.

November update

Stonemasonry Skills Boost for Scotland.

A new partnership between CITB and St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop in Edinburgh has been launched to help meet the demand for stonemasonry skills to repair and maintain Scotland’s historic buildings.
Five stonemasonry apprenticeships are the first to benefit from the new scheme, allowing the young people the chance to learn new skills whilst earning a wage
St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop has trained generations of apprentices while continuing its work to restore the stone fabric of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. Apprentices attend Edinburgh College during their four-year training, after which they gain an SVQ in Stonemasonry.

read more here

INTBAU World Congress 2018: Everything Old Is New Again

27th - 28th November, London
INTBAU (The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism) is delighted to announce the 2018 World Congress Everything Old is New Again on 27th and 28th November at the Royal Society of Arts, London.
Attracting key speakers and senior international figures from a range of backgrounds the INTBAU World Congress is a popular biennial forum which brings together global perspectives and knowledge for discussion and debate of pressing issues and difficult questions facing the built environment in communities around the world.

Scottish Lime Centre Training events 2018

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 that are available on their website or email them

Full details of all these courses and others can be found on the Scottish Lime Centre website - click on the link above.

Extra, extra! Read all about it! Specifying Hot-mixed mortars Technical Paper 28

Here is Technical Paper 28 on specifying hot-mixed lime mortars written by the Director of the Scottish Lime Centre and commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Click on the link here to read a digital copy hot off the 'press'!

National Heritage Training Group

The National Heritage Training Group (NHTG), funded by the CITB, Historic England and Historic Scotland, is a voluntary organisation responsible for coordinating the on-going development and delivery of traditional building crafts training and qualifications in the heritage sector of the UK. The organisation manages a comprehensive online Traditional Building Crafts Training Database and digital Information Centre. It operates a helpdesk and promotes the value of traditional building skills training to all stakeholders to support the sustainability and viability of the UK’s historic built environment.

Every month the NHTG produce a newsletter giving information on a wide range of traditional skills training opportunities around the country and events and activities that may be of interest. The latest newsletter can be seen here

SPAB - Courses and Events

The Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings hold a range of training sessions and lectures throughout the year, and have regional group events too. Membership is open to all with an interest in historic buildings.

Interested in learning more? Click here for details of how you can become involved as a member

For a list of all upcoming events please click here