News from the NHTG, May 2017


National Heritage Training Group
Newsletter May 2017



Dear Reader

Pargeting Trainee imageLast year the NHTG was awarded a £779,200 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run a bursary scheme, which provides high quality, work-based training and skills development, giving opportunities for people to develop a career in the built heritage sector.

As part of this scheme we have placed nearly 30 individuals into heritage companies to learn and train in their chosen craft. We have two final opportunities left to apply for: Heritage Metal Roofing Trainee in Manchester and a Heritage Fibrous Plastering Trainee in West Yorkshire (see below).

HLF logoAnother aspect of the bursary scheme is the running of a series of heritage events and training courses, which are open to the public to join in, all of these courses are funded by the HLF, therefore are either free or subsidised.

We are really grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for making this scheme happen and helping people develop their skills in heritage. Find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund here.

With best wishes


Sophie Keegan
Marketing, Events and Helpdesk Manager


NHTG Bursary Trainee


Heritage Trainee in Fibrous Plasterwork

There is an exciting opportunity for a six month placement with K L Langton Decorative Plasterwork. They are a West Yorkshire company specialising in the production and manufacture of handmade decorative plasterwork for internal and external use. Closing date 31st May  

Heritage Trainee (Metal Roofing) Opportunity – Manchester

A fantastic opportunity for a six month Heritage Trainee (Metal Roofing) placement with Manchester Company J. Hempstock and Co., Ltd., working on historic and new buildings across Manchester and the North West.  The trainee will work alongside a team of skilled specialist craftspeople with a particular focus on developing skills in conservation and restoration of metal roofing, and of the use of hard and soft metals in roofing, drainage, and other features on both traditional and new buildings. This opportunity closes 31st May  

NHTG Training Courses


NHTG Mentoring Course

5th June, Ripon  

"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 Wood Occupations and Stonemasonry SAP and SUP courses


5th - 16th June, Herefordshire

Book now: 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.  

Heritage Course

25th- 26th July, 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.   



Introduction to Lime Based Mortars for Civil and Structural Engineers CE1

2nd June, 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.  

Earthbuilding UK: Clayfest 2017

12th - 17th June, Lincoln  
Get hands on with the earth experts at Clayfest. Share techniques from seven workshops. Network with international specialists and have some serious fun! Events include practical workshops suited for all skill levels, Symposium on Mud and Stud and EBUKI Conference  

Conservation of Historic Concrete

12th - 15th June, West Sussex  
This course is intended for architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors and conservators working with architecturally or historically significant structural or decorative concrete.The course discusses how to develop and implement a conservation and repair strategy for concrete buildings and includes constituent materials and construction processes and consideration of weathering and decay processes. It will consider how to address both design deficiencies and changing performance requirements and will cover testing methods. Lectures, practical demonstrations and practical exercises will be complemented by films and discussions.  

IHBC Annual School - Manchester 2017, Transport Infrastructure The Backbone of Civilisation


22-24th June, Manchester

The 2017 IHBC Annual School examines the rich legacy of transport infrastructure, exploring both its continuing role as a future driver of change and economic growth as well as its impact upon historic places. As the birthplace of the industrial revolution and now heralded as the beating heart of the Northern Powerhouse, Manchester and the North West is a fitting location to experience the legacy of historic transport infrastructure and consider the potential impact that ambitious new projects might have upon the historic environment.  

Heritage Interpretation Panel Workshop

23rd June, Essex  
Despite modern technology, heritage interpretation panels remain a popular, practical and relatively inexpensive means of explaining the significance of our cultural and natural heritage asset to people. This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of producing successful heritage interpretation panels, including: writing copy and layering messages, choosing visuals, and panel design and production. The course is hands-on, and will involve classroom training together with the opportunity to design your own interpretation panel under the expert tutelage of Crispian Emberson from HDC International. The course is ideal for curators, site and reserve managers, tourism officers and park rangers based at historic and natural environmental sites and visitor destinations.  

Heritage Skills Festival, Lincoln

23rd - 24th June, Lincoln  
Celebrating the life of The City of London Livery Companies in the stunning venue of Lincoln Cathedral. The festival will give visitors a unique opportunity to see at first hand the skills and knowledge that are kept alive for future generations through the City of London Livery Companies. The NHTG will be at the festival - so please come along and say hello! The festival will be held in the stunning Cathedral Nave, Transepts, and on the East Green and Tennyson Green.  

An Introduction to Lime in Building

30th June, Hay-on-Wye  
This one day informal introductory taster day, is run by Ty Mawr Lime on Friday 30th June. The cost is £110 but there are bursaries available for apprentices and young people interested in entering the heritage building trade.  

Heritage Ironwork Seminar

30th June, Kidderminster  
This course provides an understanding of, and basic skills in, the conservation and repair of traditional brick and flint masonry. The starting point is an understanding of the nature and characteristics of the materials. A range of brick and flint buildings will be studied to illustrate methods of construction, common failures and decay processes and common problems including poor practices will be identified and solutions investigated. Methods of repair, joint treatments and cleaning relevant to brick, including gauged brick and flint, will be discussed and form part of the practical sessions.  

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Heritage Building Traineeship

Following a successful award from Heritage Lottery Fund for Skills for the Future, Chiltern Open Air Museum is recruiting a Heritage Building Trainee. This new training scheme offers high quality, paid museum/heritage work placements for 18 months and trainees will leave the scheme with a range of work-based training and a wide variety of heritage building and rural skills to support future careers in these areas.    

Historic England Angel Awards last chance for nominations

Since 2011, the Historic England Angel Awards have recognised the efforts of local people and groups who go to great lengths to preserve their heritage. The 2017 Angel Awards are open for applications. You can apply for yourself, or you can nominate another person or group. Apply by the 2nd June.  

Grant scheme launched for young craftspeople

Are you a young craftsperson? Are you interested in religious heritage? The Churches Conservation Foundation are excited to launch a grant scheme for young craftspeople with an interest in the conservation of religious heritage. Thanks to a generous donation from the Foundation’s Trustees, awards of between £500 and £1,000 will be granted to two young craftspeople who wish to travel to increase their knowledge and skills.    

Heritage Manifesto 2017

The Heritage Alliance, which is England’s largest coalition of heritage interests, has published The Heritage Manifesto 2017. The Heritage Manifesto sets out five simple asks for the next Government.  

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