News from the NHTG, January 2016


National Heritage Training Group
Newsletter January 2016



Cathie Clarke

With Christmas and New Year celebrations already a dim and distant memory, here at the NHTG, we are moving ever forward. Following the online launch of our Heritage Building Skills Training Toolkit in December, we are working with the Churches Conservation Trust on a more formal launch a little later his year. We would like to feature some case studies of the Toolkit being used, and also highlight these on our website too, so please keep us informed of your project progress and don’t forget to promote the Toolkit and our Training Directory to all your contacts!

Interestingly, this week, I attended a consultation workshop being run by the Heritage Lottery Fund who are planning a third phase of the Skills for the Future Programme for consideration by their Board. It is hoped that this programme will be launched in 2016, so we shall be keeping a close eye on developments here and of course reporting any news through the website and social media channels. As a built heritage skills information hub, we took the opportunity to put forward the proposal that all HLF funded projects that have a building craft or professional skills element are required to be listed on the NHTG website, in addition to any training initiatives offered through these projects. It’s a great way of working in partnership to raise awareness by expanding the advertising for bursary placements and training programmes.

Finally – At the same HLF workshop I, along with many others, spent time lamenting the continuing lack of general knowledge on how to look after old, solid walled buildings amongst everyone from the homeowner, through to architect and contractor. I feel like a broken record, but until basic solid wall construction and conservation principles are included in mainstream construction and relevant undergraduate courses and qualifications, we will not improve the situation. Let me remind you that 20% of UK buildings fit the heritage tag. What therefore, will it take to change the general misconception that heritage somehow means ‘tiny minority’? Answers on a postcard…

With best wishes

Cathie Clarke, General Manager, NHTG

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Here we present a selection of training and events that are happening across the UK that we hope will be of interest. A fuller list can be found in our online Events section and we also advise you to keep tabs on courses and events provided by Heritage Training Providers near you. If you would like us to consider your event to be included on the Information Centre or in the monthly newsletter, then please contact us. We are also active on Twitter: @CathieNHTG and @NHTG_News, and facebook:  

Tyne and Wear Heritage Conference - Innovation, Invention, Industrialisation

23rd January, Tyne and Wear  
Tyne and Wear Heritage ForumThe conference will bring together local communities, commercial partners, heritage enthusiasts and conservation experts to offer guidance, support and knowledge. Speakers include John Grundy, Adam Hart-Davis, and Martin Hulse, and there will also be workshop sessions on a range of restoration and conservation themes. The conference will also be the launch of an ambitious new project, HeritageACT.

Find out more and book a place here
Source: HSI  

Heritage Skills Courses at Lincoln Castle

January - February, Lincoln  

Heritage Skills CentreThe Heritage Skills Centre is a focus for heritage crafts and skills development in Lincolnshire. It provides hands on experience and training through taster days, short courses and demonstrations in craft, conservation and traditional building skills. The courses are suitable for beginners to advanced, for crafters, historic homeowners, contractors and professionals – all run in their purpose built training centre in the stunning setting of Lincoln Castle.

Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Windows 30th January
Introduction to Stone Carving 12th February
Introduction to Lime Based Mortars 13th February
Introduction to Blacksmithing 19th February

Source and image © Heritage Skills Centre  

Specifying Conservation Works

1st-4th February, West Sussex  
This CPD course covers all aspects of specifying conservation repairs in the life of a project; from initial surveys and project planning, through the tendering stage, to the work on site, and the effect on the building. The course would suit quantity surveyors, engineers, and other conservation professionals or practitioners, as well as architects and building surveyors. Find out more and book a place here.  
Source: NHTG Helpdesk  

Rendering with Lime course

6th February, Fife  

Scottish Lime Centre TrustThis course will enable you to apply a variety of lime render finishes to a wide range of backgrounds including matching to existing finishes. Both hand cast and mechanical applications will be demonstrated and attendees will gain an understanding of a range of surface finishes that can be achieved. This course is aimed at those working within the construction industry who have had practical building experience and trowel skills.

Book a place here.

Source and image © SLCT  

Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork

8th-11th February, West Sussex  
This CPD course covers the conservation of structural metalwork, architectural features and statuary. It includes both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, with tuition from leading practitioners on a wide range of repair techniques. It also includes the methods of manufacture and shaping of ferrous metals, the history of their use, deterioration, surveys, practical cleaning methods, surface preparation and coatings, and specifying metalwork repairs. For more information and to book a place.  
Source: NHTG Helpdesk  

Flint walling course

9th February, West Sussex  
A two-day practical course covering the sorting, selection, preparation and knapping of flints. Participants will experience different styles of laying flints and the use of lime mortars. Book a place here.  
Source: Weald and Downland Open Air Museum  

Good Design for Historic Buildings

12th February, Essex  
The scope for altering historic buildings without harm to their significance, together with successful design and detailing, will be explored during this CPD lecture. Book a place here.  
Source: Essex County Council  

Categorising Heritage Assets and the recognition and identification of historic features

18th February, Norfolk  
This CPD seminar led by Historic Building Consultant Alan Creasey MSc, will focus on recognising historic features in buildings. Examples of local and national importance will be used as case studies. Find out more and book here.  
Source: NHTG Helpdesk  

Seminar for Best Practice for the Cleaning, Protection and Coating of Historic Ironwork

20th February, Herefordshire  

National Heritage Ironwork GroupThis one-day seminar will examine issues such as, cleaning methods, the importance of existing surface details, and appropriate levels of intervention. The day will be structured around presentations from experienced practitioners and professionals, after each of which the forum will be opened to attendees for discussion and comment aimed at developing a set of best-practice guidelines.

Book a place here. 

Source and image © NHIG  



Prince's Regeneration Trust BRICK workshops

Prince's Regeneration TrustThe Prince's Regeneration Trust BRICK roadshow is now more than halfway through its three-year journey. Since it began in March 2014, the pioneering education programme has provided vital training and mentoring to local volunteers and not-for-profit organisations trying to save and reuse the historic buildings they love. The next BRICK roadshow is 3rd February in Nottingham, book here.  
Source: Celebrating Construction Awards image © The Churches Conservation Trust  

Grants available for historic buildings in Wales

Grants are available from the Welsh Government for the repair of historic buildings and buildings situated within Conservation Areas.Grants will be made towards the cost of restoration and essential repairs to buildings of outstanding historical or architectural interest in Wales. The deadline for receipt of applications is 29 February, apply here.  
Source: Heritage Alliance  

Volunteers needed to boost canal restoration projects

Waterways Recovery GroupThe Waterway Recovery Group is organising 35 canal camps in 2016, providing places for up to 580 volunteers to help restore some of the country’s best-loved waterways. Offering rewarding opportunities for volunteers to learn and share valuable practical skills, the camps allow them to explore Britain’s rich industrial heritage and make a significant impact on the canal restoration projects. The camps are housed in village halls and tend to be a week long. Find out more and book a place here.  
Source: Heritage Alliance Image © Waterways Recovery Group  

Reminder: SPAB John Betjeman Award 2016

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings invites entries for its annual Award given in honour of Sir John Betjeman. The award is made for the repair or conservation of the fabric, fittings or furnishings of historic churches, chapels or other faith buildings (except Cathedrals) in England or Wales, which remain in use for worship. It is not essential that the building is listed as being of architectural or historic interest. Closing date is the 23rd February Find out more about the award and apply here.  
Source: SPAB  



Fundraising Officer, National Churches Trust

National Churches TrustAn opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join the National Churches Trust charity as Fundraising Officer. The post-holder will work across a range of supporter services and fundraising functions. The successful candidate will have excellent organisational and administrative skills, including management of tasks and projects, and good attention to detail and accuracy. With a confident and professional manner, they will also have well honed communication skills and good IT literacy. More information and apply here.  
Source: Andrew Churchman Image © CITB  

Senior Heritage Officer, Aylesbury Vale District Council


Aylesbury Vale District Council are looking for an experienced member of the IHBC to join their busy enthusiastic heritage team which lies within the development management section. You will be highly motivated and organised to manage an interesting case load including major projects Additionally you will need to show that you have the right experience and competencies for advising on sensitive and complex listed building, historic buildings and conservation area matters, including appeals. Find out more and apply here.  
Source: IHBC  

National Project Manager, English Heritage

This is an exciting time to join the Estates Department who are positioned to deliver a range of exciting capital development projects over the next few years. You will have a proven track record of planning and delivering major projects in the heritage sector using a structured project management methodology along with relevant Project Management experience in the historic and conservation environment. More details and apply here.  
Source: The Guardian  

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