News from the NHTG, March 2017


National Heritage Training Group
Newsletter March 2017



Dear Reader

StonemasonThis week as you won’t have missed, the Prime Minister has triggered Article 50 to start the process of the UK leaving the EU.

The Heritage Alliance, England’s biggest coalition of heritage interests, has produced a briefing on Heritage and Brexit. The report looks at four areas: funding, regulation, free movement (people and materials) and opportunities.

The NHTG is once again running our popular two-day heritage course next month and in July, as well as a new course in Mentoring. In this Heritage Lottery funded course, participants will learn how to develop their mentoring skills, and how to train craftspeople to become masters in their field. Set within the context of the theory and practicalities of conserving traditional buildings, this course will be a useful addition for those studying heritage skills.

With best wishes for Easter


Sophie Keegan
Marketing, Events and Helpdesk Manager


Interview with an NHTG Bursary Trainee

Turner plaqueStonemason Goran Kocoski is undertaking the NHTG bursary scheme as a brick worker with specialist Historic Building Conservation company, Fullers Builders.

Based initially at the artist Turner’s Grade II* listed house, Sandycoombe Lodge, in Twickenham Goran will also be working on other historic projects in the London Area.

Please describe the bursary scheme, what you have learned and the projects you have worked on?

I have learnt a great deal so far, and appreciate every day on site. Apart from working on brickwork. I have been given the opportunity to remove a blue plaque from a wall, which was very responsible and satisfying at the same time.  

What are your hopes for the future once the scheme has finished? How has the bursary scheme helped to develop your career?

I have learnt a great deal so far, and appreciate every day on site. Apart from working on brickwork. I have been given the opportunity to remove a blue plaque from a wall, which was very responsible and satisfying at the same time.  

NHTG Training Courses


Heritage Courses

3rd - 4th April and 25th- 26th July  
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London  
Located at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, these historic buildings will be used to assist learning including a scaffold tour of the conservation of the ceiling in the Painted Hall. Of interest to crafts persons, builders and professionals, this is a two day course on Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings. Participants will learn about the theory and practicalities of conserving traditional buildings from industry experts. Delegates will gain units towards the Level 3 NVQ in Heritage Skills. The course includes a short exam and Diplomas and CPD Certificates will also be issued.   

Mentors and Mentoring Craft Trainees within Heritage Construction Work Course

8th May, Buildings Crafts College, Stratford, London  
"It's nice to have a 'mentor' - someone to guide and advise - and nicer still to be one".
This course is of interest to crafts persons - both trainees and supervisors, builders and professionals. Participants will learn the theories and practicalities of mentoring, conserving traditional buildings and a tour of the college craft workshops will assist learning.
This course will provide an excellent opportunity for the exchange of information and experience and will assist Learners to develop their craft skills, with the ambition of eventually reaching a status similar to that of their mentor. This course will also inform employers, who may wish to nominate either themselves or one of their staff to become a mentor to guide their developing team.

Heritage Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) and Heritage Specialist Upskilling Programme (SUP)

15th May, Hereford  
Save the date for these Heritage SAP and SUP courses for masonry, carpentry and joinery resulting in the Level 3. The courses are a combination of lectures and practical work at historic sites and can be an integral part of working towards an NVQ Level Three in Heritage Skills. Upon completion of the NVQ portfolio and assessment (within 12 months of registration) the candidate can apply for a CSCS Gold Card (increasingly necessary for Heritage contracts). For further information and to book a place please Email with your contact details: [email protected] Tel: 01497 831125.  



Understanding the care and conservation of pre-1919 buildings course

7th - 8th April, 5th - 6th May, 2nd- 3rd June,Shropshire  
A six day certified course aimed at crafts people, contractors, professionals’ and building owners who want to learn about the practicalities of working on old buildings. The tutors are Colin Richards from C.J.R.Heritage and John Munro from the Traditional Building Skills Company. The course is accredited by CSkills and City and Guilds and endorsed by the National Heritage Training Group.  

Timber Frame Repairs

24th – 25th April, Suffolk  
Timber frame repairsOrchard Barn Timber Framing / Repair courses are perfect for beginners and improvers, home-owners, conservation officers, architects, carpenters, builders, engineers, and anyone with a love of traditional timber framing.

Courses at Orchard Barn enable you to learn practical skills and gain confidence whilst making a real difference to our restoration project. tutor Rick Lewis.


Conservation of Slate and Stone Roofing

24th – 27th April, Chichester  
This course covers the history of traditional slate and stone roofing but mainly concentrates on their conservation and repair. The course will be supplemented by films and practical sessions on surveying old roofs, traditional detailing, writing specifications and finding sources of information.  

news and JObs


Committee backs move of MPs and Peers out of the Palace of Westminster

The MPS on the public accounts committee have agreed that the planned repair and restoration of the Palace of Westminster must begin in haste, with any delay adding to the risk of fire or another ‘catastrophic failure’ to the building.

The committee said the most economic plan was to move the MPs and peers out while the planned £4bn renovation project is undertaken to the Grade-I listed World Heritage site.


Priestman Associates awarded top prize

The CITB’s National Specialist Accredited Center awarded its Assessor of the Year award to Mark Priestman, for his practice as an assessor and his contribution to the specialist sector.
NSAC is a valuable asset to the specialist sectors within UK construction, which includes heritage skills and conservation management. Over 140 assessors work with NSAC throughout the UK.

Development Officer, Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust

The Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust is seeking a Development Officer. The Position is for a self-employed, self-motivated person to help the Trustees/Directors to expand the influence of the Trust by increasing membership of Friends of NBPT, applying for Grants and publicising the Trust on social media and in traditional format.  

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