NHTG Newsletter, May 2018


National Heritage Training Group
Newsletter May 2018



Dear Reader

Wentworth Woodhouse imageSpring is upon us and the built heritage training and events calendar is in full swing. Take a look below at the forthcoming courses and get involved!

This last month we have had meetings with several exciting built heritage projects, most notably a visit to Wentworth Woodhouse.

Wentworth Woodhouse is one of the largest houses in Europe, situated near Rotherham and built between 1725 and 1750. Over the years the building has fallen into disrepair. After years of campaigning and fundraising SAVE and The Wentworth Preservation Trust were able to buy the house in 2017 and are now embarking on a major 20-year project to restore the building in phases.

Wentworth Woodhouse will remain open to the public as the work gets underway and it will be fascinating to see it progress. At the time of our visit parts of the building had been used as TV and film sets, as well as a spectacular wedding venue and for other activities.

The building and its rooms are a fine example of built heritage craftwork: stonemasonry, joinery, decorative work and lead roofing and it will be wonderful to see craftspeople at work there bringing it back to life. Find out more about Wentworth Woodhouse here.

With best wishes


Sophie Keegan
Marketing, Events and Helpdesk Manager


NHTG Membership


We have been delighted by the positive response we’ve had to the new NHTG membership scheme.

Of our five new members this month we have individual members join up and two notable built heritage businesses come on board and we’d like to introduce you to them.


Ellis and Co

Ellis and Co logoEllis and Co (Restoration and Building) have been restoring historic landmarks, buildings, churches, stately homes and cathedrals in the South West of England and Wales for over 30 years. They have a large team of masons, lime plasterers, painters and decorators, carpenters and joiners, leadworkers, roofers and slaters. As they only work on historic buildings, their workforce are skilled heritage specialists who either hold or are working towards CSCS Heritage recognition.

Ellis and Co’s restoration of Holy Trinity Church in Bradford on Avon was shortlisted for the finals of the South West Built Environment awards 2017. Their re-roofing of the National Trust’s Tredegar House in Newport has been shortlisted for the RICS 2018 and National Federation of Roofing Contractors conservation awards. Their major restoration of renaissance St Giles House, Wimborne St Giles, won a host of awards include the 2015 National RICS Award for Building Conservation.

Because of the multi-trade and specialist work they carry out their training needs are varied. They have an apprenticeship scheme to foster the next generation of heritage trades which support two new team members to join the team each year. Ellis and Co also host Princes Foundation skills trainees.

Zink-It and Norfolk Sheet Lead


Zink-ItZink-It are manufacturers fitters of ornamental and roofing applications in lead, Zinc, Stainless Steel and Copper. This family run company have a wealth of experience of work ing on built heritage projects.

Norfolk Sheet Lead are founder members of the Lead Contractors Association (L.C.A.) and are regulated in the way they carry out their work, with back up from the association.




Banker Masonry Accredited Level 2 Diploma

1st May, North Yorkshire  
Banker Masonry Accredited Level 2 Diploma one-year course.     

CE1 - Introduction to Lime Based Mortars for Civil and Structural Engineers

2nd May, Fife     
This one-day introductory workshop introduces the range of lime and early patented cement-based mortars.  

Wattle and Daub Course

10th May, Suffolk  
Interested in heritage building practices and constructing walls that are deep green and use free locally sourced materials? This course is suitable for complete beginners and professionals in the conservation field. It is a largely practical course with some theory and history.     

Three day dry stone walling course

11-13th May, Loch Lomond National Park, Scotland       
This three-day course offers a 'hands on' practical experience to the construction of a dry stone retaining wall. It will be suitable both for complete beginners and those wishing to practice existing dry-stone walling skills. The course will introduce you to or expand on existing knowledge of the heritage and craft of this traditional building method. You will be given an overview of the fundamentals of the construction of a dry stone retaining wall and other features and finishes, such as squeeze stiles and cheek ends.      

Lime Pointing Course

12th May, Fife      
This one-day workshop is aimed at those who would like to undertake repointing works as part of a renovation project or simply as general maintenance to traditional masonry structures.     

Free Stonemasonry Session or 16-20 years olds

13th May, London  
Concerned that traditional crafts are dying out across the UK the Prince’s Foundation are offering this workshop to young people who would like to find out more about stonemasonry. Join stonemason Lily Marsh in a small group setting to learn about stonemason’s marks, a custom that dates back to the 11th Century. Participants will then be given the chance to design and carve their own marks. This workshop is designed for people with no stonemasonry experience.      

Repair and maintenance of architectural tiles and terracotta

16th May, Leicester      
If you live in or work on buildings with architecture tiles or terracotta, this course if for you. Leading national experts in this field, Lesley Durbin from the Jackfield Conservation Studio and Jon Wilson from Darwin Terracotta, will explain the theory and practical aspects of work on conserving and restoring these materials. There will be a series of talks and discussions on the subject, and a walking tour of some of the most interesting examples in the centre of Leicester.       

Surface Repair of Stone

 21 – 22 May, Fife  

In many cases, simple surface repairs can be less intrusive and a suitable alternative to replacing masonry units with new stone. You will be amazed at the results you will be able to achieve after only two days! This course is designed to ensure successful surface repairs to flat work, angles, corners and moulded details. The decay mechanisms of stone will be discussed, and we will consider the factors to that should be taken into account when deciding if a surface repair is a suitable alternative to replacement with new stone.     




Experienced framing carpenters wanted


Manorwood are looking for one or (ideally) two experienced framing carpenters to help with the restoration and re framing of the roof of a 17th century barn in West Sussex. The job is live, and works are underway on numerous repairs. Experience of green oak framing is an absolute must and preferably experience of restoration carpentry.


Heritage Open Days 2018: Register NOW

This year's Heritage Open Days will take place across two weekends, 6-9th and 13-16th September. This year's theme is Extraordinary Women, focusing on stories and achievements by women that history has overlooked or forgotten. Heritage buildings will be open to the public in England’s biggest festival of heritage and culture bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.  

British Islamic built heritage celebrated


Two mosques in London have been listed by DCMS, recognising their historic, architectural and cultural importance. The London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre in Regent’s Park (1970-77) is listed at Grade II* and The Fazl Mosque, Southfields (1925-26) at Grade II.
Briatin's first purpose-built mosque, the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking (1888-89), has been upgraded to a Grade I listing. The fist functioning mosque in Britain, 8 Brougham Terrace in Liverpool as been upgraded to Grade II*.


Historic Farm Buildings Repair Grant


Historic farm buildings in need of repair are now able to apply for a special grant from The Historic Building Restoration Grant. The scheme run by Historic England, Natural England and Upland National Parks, is being piloted in five national parks - Dartmoor, Lake District, Northumberland, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales.


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Stone Carving - Beginners

A fantastic two day course learning the art of stone carving with expert stone carver Sebastian Rasch.

Using traditional lime and clay renders and plasters

Lime and Clay plasters have been used historically and this day provides advice to those who wish to restore their period property and demonstrate how breathable renders and plasters can be efficiently applied to new buildings.

Timber Frame Repairs

This session is divided into two illustrated talks, with the first session looking at what repair methods might be appropriate to heavy carpentry and the tools that a modern carpenter might use.