News from the NHTG, December 2017


National Heritage Training Group
Newsletter December 2017



Dear Reader

Last month the NHTG ran a well-attended two-day career taster for craft occupations in the
heritage sector workshop. This event was part of our HLF-funded Bursary scheme and
held in Bristol. At the workshop delegates had a chance to see craftspeople demonstrating a
range of built heritage crafts including decorative plasterwork such as casting mouldings and
scagliola, stone masonry, geometric roofing and structural oak carpentry.

here was a range of enthusiastic delegates who had travelled from across the country for the workshop. Many of whom were hoping to start a career within built heritage, some were wanting
a career change and others were already established in a trade and wanting to learn more
heritage skills. The delegates were delighted to have a go at the heritage craft skills on offer as
the event was entirely hands-on. We hope to run similar events in the coming New Year, so watch
this space!

If you are already working within the heritage sector, then don't forget to sign up for NHTG membership scheme, and receive a whole range of benefits, more details below.

With best wishes for a Happy Christmas

Sophie Keegan
Marketing, Events and Helpdesk Manager


NHTG Membership


The NHTG is now open to members working within the built heritage sector. If you are a contractor, material supplier, support services or trade associated federation, the NHTG aim will be to support your individual needs. The NHTG is the leading body for the development and support of traditional building skills training and qualifications and promotes the value in supporting the sustainability and viability of the UK’s historic built environment. Find out more about membership benefits and how to apply here.


NHTG Training Courses


Interventions and repairs for traditional buildings - the quest for best practice

24th - 25th February, London

The NHTG will be running two seminars at the Listed Property Owners Club show on 24th and 25th February 2018 at Olympia. Here experts from the NHTG will be discussing repairs for traditional buildings, historic and recent as well as the quest for best practice. With case studies and discussion about repairs and maintenance of traditional buildings built before 1919. CPD certificates will be issued.

To book a place please contact the LPOC telephone 01795 844939 or book a ticket online




Historic Paint Work

1st December, Essex  
This session will be divided into two talks. Paint in a Nutshell, will consider the origins of house-painting; the constituents of early paint; the pigments used by the house-painter between 1750-1850; oil paint and distemper. The second lecture, The Paint Detective will look at how we can learn about the history of a building (both structurally and decoratively) by looking at the paint layers. The lectures will be delivered by Patrick Baty, historic paint expert and author of The Anatomy of Colour.  

Historic Religious Buildings Alliance's BIG UPDATE

6th December, London  
The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance's BIG UPDATE is your chance to keep up to date with what's happening to secure the future of historic religious buildings, and to chat to others with similar interests and concerns. The only event of its kind, it's friendly, lively, and informal, combining short talks with time for questions and discussion.  

Fire in Old Buildings

6th December, Birmingham  
Drawing on lessons learned from high-profile fires, this seminar led by SPAB will look at all aspects of fire prevention and management in historic buildings, as well as approaches to reconstruction when the worst happens. Sessions from expert speakers will include understanding the main causes of fire in historic buildings, what detection and suppression systems best suit them, how to balance fire prevention systems with original building fabric, and dealing with the aftermath of fire in a historic building.  

Building Stone in Essex

8th December, Essex  
Essex has more local building stones than most people are aware of. They, and the stones that have been used before the 20th century, generally present major problems in terms of conservation, repair and replacement. This session will identify the building stones that occur in Essex and trace how they have been used. It will cover repair and conservation, and include flint walling.  

BIM for Heritage: "Stepping into the Future with the Past"

8th December, London  
BIM is influencing the conservation world through a more specific Historic Building Information Modelling (HBIM) approach. The event will explore recent publications and emerging case studies to review the challenges and benefits offered in the greater uptake of knowledge transfer and related developments. Attendance at the conference will qualify for four hours CPD.  



Historic England Heritage Angel 2017 winners

The Historic England Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage. The awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. The winners include a former Victorian swimming pool transformed into a vibrant indoor BMX park in Hastings, one man’s repair of hundreds of historic milestones across Norfolk and the restoration of Piece Hall in Halifax.  

England’s grandest country house saved for the nation

One of England’s largest and grandest houses has been saved for the nation thanks to a grant of £3.5m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). This grant is the final pot of money the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT) needed to purchase the property in order to safeguard it for the future. Located near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, Wentworth Woodhouse was built between 1725 and 1750 and is exceptional both is scale and architecture. In 2013 the estimated total costs of repairs to Wentworth Woodhouse was £42m. Following the sale, there will now be a public appeal to help raise money towards the costs. Wentworth Woodhouse will continue to be open to the public while phased repairs continue.  

Hand-forged iron musical treble clefs for sale

Hand-forged iron musical treble clefs are being sold by the National Heritage Ironwork Group to support their BathIRON 2018 event. By purchasing one, you will help NHIG to stage a unique event in the centre of Bath which will run from 14th-17th June next year, celebrating heritage skills, promoting the care of historic ironwork and championing the work of the artist blacksmiths who are the custodians of these vital traditional skills. The treble clefs would make a wonderful Christmas tree decoration or Christmas gift for any budding musician or music lover.  

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Repair and maintenance of traditional windows

If you live in or work on buildings with traditional timber windows this course is for you.

Lime mortars and plasters course

A short intermediate course offering theoretical and paractical hands-on training.

Seminar: Colour & Finish in Heritage Ironwork

This day aims to explode the ‘always black’ myth, look at alternatives, and outline best practice for discovering, conserving and re-instating original colour schemes in heritage ironwork.