News from the NHTG, June 2017



Dear Reader

NHTG at Lincoln CathedralThe NHTG attended the Heritage Skills Festival at Lincoln Cathedral over the 23rd – 24th June, and had a fantastic time. This unique event was a great success, attracting over 10,000 visitors and the NHTG was honoured to have a stand in the beautiful Cathedral. NHTG Chairman Bob Howard, Deputy Chair Henry Rumbold and Board member Nigel Howe enjoyed meeting many members of the public and talking to them about what we do here at the NHTG, about built heritage training and our HLF-funded bursary scheme. There were live demonstrations of a range of heritage skills including tiling, bricklaying, stone masonry and many others by the guilds of the London Livery Companies.

NHTG Bursary schemeThe HLF-funded NHTG Bursary scheme is well under way with all 30 trainees now placed into a heritage company for on-the-job training, we are updating their progress on Twitter, so please follow us here.

As part of the scheme, we have a further series of two day heritage courses across England and three blocks of Heritage Wood Occupations and Heritage Stone Masonry SUP and SAP training. See below for more details and to book a place.

With best wishes


Sophie Keegan
Marketing, Events and Helpdesk Manager


NHTG Training Courses


Understanding Repair and Maintenance of Traditional (Pre-1919) Buildings Course

17th - 18th July, Sheffield
25th – 26th July, London
3rd – 4th August, Lincoln
28th – 29th September, North Yorkshire

Painted Hall ORNCComing up over the next few months the NHTG is running four Heritage courses across the country, all funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of our Bursary scheme.

These courses are always popular with home owners, craftspeople, contractors and heritage professionals. Set over two days the course focuses on the repair and maintenance of traditional buildings, with participants learning the theory and practicalities of conserving traditional buildings from industry experts. As part of the course participants will undertake a short test, to gain units towards the Level 3 Heritage NVQ, CPD Certificates will also be provided.

To book a place please email with your contact details: [email protected] Tel: 01497 831125 Joining instructions, the programme and a payment invoice will be sent to applicants.


Heritage Wood Occupations and Stonemasonry SAP and SUP courses


11th - 22nd September, Herefordshire


NHTG SAP courseThese Heritage SAP and SUP courses are for stonemasonry, 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). Courses are run from the workshop in Clifford on the Powys/Herefordshire border near the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye. Practical sessions will give you the opportunity to work on local historic buildings including the stunning Hay Castle.

For further information and to book a place please email with your contact details: [email protected] Tel: 01497 831125.



15th -16th July, Essex
This two-day course is aimed at beginners with no experience or homeowners who would like to learn about using lime mortars, and how to tackle areas of repointing and bricks that are spalling. The course will be run at Stock Windmill, a 19th century tower mill owned by Essex County Council, and will include a guided tour by the County millwright.

Tutor Mac is one of the highest qualified bricklayers in the UK and has spent over 40 years working with brickwork, including the repair of historic buildings. His experience includes work on many of the royal palaces, such as Hampton Court, where he has been responsible for repairing and re-building sections of specialist brickwork.

news and JObs


The Queen's Speech and Heritage

The Queen's speech has set out the Government's priorities for the next two years. The Heritage Alliance has summarised the Queen’s speech today and how it may relate to heritage. Read the report here.   

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust 2017 Travelling Fellowship

Would time overseas meeting others in your specialism and sharing ideas and good practice benefit your work? Would you be prepared to share your findings for the improvement of your sector, and the UK as a whole, on your return?

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) is currently accepting applications for Travelling fellowships across a range of different areas of research, which includes a category called Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Living.

Applications close on the 19th September.

Applications for the 2017 Young Builder of the Year Awards are now open

The Young Builder of the Year Awards celebrate the achievements of young people who despite having to overcome personal barriers have succeeded in training for and or gaining employment in the construction industry. The Young Builder of the Year Awards are seeking applications from young builders who are in employment and/or training aged between 18 and 24 years old, and still in education or training (including apprentices) aged between 14 and 18 years old. For 2017 there is a prize fund of £7,500 and all shortlisted finalists will receive a certificate and tools vouchers.   

Liverpool at risk of losing its UNESCO World Heritage Status


Liverpool could lose its UNESCO world Heritage site status as soon as next year according to campaigners.

Save Britain’s Heritage have warned that the prestigious title, given to only 1,000 sites worldwide could be lost due to controversial plans to develop the historic quayside with skyscrapers. The site, which includes the iconic Liver Building was given its UNESCO title in 2004.

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