News from the NHTG February 2018


National Heritage Training Group
Newsletter February 2018



Dear Reader

The new NHTG membership scheme has got 2018 off to a flying start!

We’ve had lots of enquiries and interest in the NHTG, which has been fantastic. We are delighted to welcome Priestman Associates and Taliesin Conservation as our first members.

Priestman logoPriestman Associates LLP deliver training and NVQ assessment to specialist sectors within the construction industry. They hold particular expertise in on-site NVQ assessment of experience workers in heritage masonry, heritage facade preservation, conservation site management and also facilitate the two-day training course Understanding Maintenance and Repair of pre-1919 Buildings. Priestman Associates are established working alongside the CITB, Stone Federation GB, the Natural Stone Industry Training Group and the NHTG.

Taliesin Conservation logoTaliesin Conservation are an integrated Conservation company based in South Wales, that employ Craftspeople and Tradespeople with specialist skills who are able to undertake any building project. From minimum intervention repairs to complete integrated conservation, planned alterations and reinstatement following major loss, they bring together the highest standard of traditional building craft skills, supplemented with a considered approach to project management.
We would welcome more members in 2018, so please get in touch if you'd like to find out more!
Best wishes

Sophie Keegan

Marketing, Events and Helpdesk Manager
Helpdesk: 01246 252363




Sash and Case Window Repairs

3rd February, Fife  
Don’t rip out your sash and case windows, did you know that in most cases you can undertake simple repairs add and retain this period feature? This practical course will prove invaluable if you have a property with Sash and Case Windows.        

Conservation and Repair of Architectural and Structural Metalwork

5th February, Sussex  
This course covers the conservation of structural metalwork, architectural features and statuary, and includes both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, with tuition from leading practitioners on a wide range of repair techniques.      

Run Mouldings

22nd - 23rd February, Essex  
A two-day practical course covering the art and craft of mouldings run in situ. The course will begin with a talk on lime, with an emphasis on ornamental work with tutor Roy Cafferty. The course is one to working plasterers who want to broaden their experience, home owners and enthusiastic amateurs, no experience needed.      

The Structural Repair of Historic Buildings Masterclass

23rd February, Fife  
This seminar will provide professionals with a sound understanding of the philosophy of conservation and a better understanding of the relationship between structural engineering and conservation, of safety issues and of the aesthetics of conservation based structural repairs. Led by Ian Hume the course will consist of lectures, case studies and group activities.     

Retrofitting Old Buildings

27th February, London  

The UK's existing housing stock is amongst the least energy efficient in Europe and accounts for almost a quarter of our annual carbon emissions. As a result, there is an increasing need to retrofit domestic properties to improve their energy efficiency and reduce heat loss. Led by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt, the authors of Old House Eco Handbook, this half day seminar for professionals will provide an essential understanding of the issues associated with retrofitting sold wall, pre-1919 properties.  




Apply: European Earth Building Mobilities

Mobilities are an opportunity to travel to partner organisations across Europe for training in Earth Building and training in assessment of Earth Building training funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The mobilities offered cover travel and expenses but not time. They offer an excellent opportunity to network and learn about earth as a material, its use and ways to teach about it. Mobilities are being run in different locations including France, Germany, Slovakia.      

Job Opportunity: Townscape Heritage Project Officer

Bassetlaw District Council has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an ambitious Townscape Heritage project totalling £2.3 m for part of Worksop town centre conservation area. The Council is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Townscape Heritage Project Officer to deliver the five-year scheme. Application closing date is the 5th of February.      

Open for applications: The SPAB John Betjeman Award

This award named after SPAB committee member Sir John Betjeman and celebrates excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations in England and Wales, including the Isle of Man.The award is given for repairs to a specific part of a building, within the previous 18 months. The deadline for applying is 20th February 2018.      

Open for applications: Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters. The application period for scholarships and apprenticeships closes 12 February 2018.      

Nominate for the Marsh Awards


The IHBC’s Marsh Awards, celebrates retired IHBC members and successful learners in heritage practice. The closing date is the 28 February 2018. 


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Conserving, Repairing and Maintaining Traditional Windows

This two-day course will address the conservation, repair and maintenance requirements of sash and case, and a range of other traditional windows.

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