Newsletter, July 2018



Dear Reader

Glasgow School of ArtSad news to report today about the Glasgow School of Art. A devastating fire broke out at the world-renowned art school earlier this month. Initially it was believed that the Grade A-listed, 110-year-old building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, might be saved. However, a survey carried out yesterday by Glasgow City Council, found parts of the building to be dangerous. A large part of the south façade is to be taken down as a matter of urgency due to fears of collapse.

This is the second major fire in four years, with the first ravaging the world-famous library
designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The art school was being restored when the
second fire broke out. Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed the art school in 1896 and it was
completed in 1909. It is considered the masterpiece of the architect and designer and the
epitome of the Arts and Crafts style.

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Introduction to Stone Carving for Conservation

Mon 2nd - Wed 4th, Yorkshire  
This three day session will offer an introduction to the basics of stone carving where replacement is required for conservation and restoration.  

Traditional Brickwork Repairs for Beginners

Sat 7th - Sun 8th, Essex  
This two-day course is aimed at beginners 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.

Princes Foundation Summer School

Mon 9th - Mon 30th, London  
Over three weeks each year the Prince’s Foundation runs a Summer School enabling participants to develop their knowledge of traditional architecture, design, building and repair techniques and how these can be applied in the 21st century.  

Introduction to Thatching

11th, Wales  
This one day course is a practical, hands-on introduction to the craft of thatching suitable for homeowners and builders who want to understand more about the thatch on their building or enthusiasts who just want to have a go.  

Stained Glass: Techniques & Design

16th London
An intensive course covering each stage of the stained glass process: line cutting, painting with prepared raw pigments, shading, highlighting, applying final colour and final firing.  

Level 3 NVQ in Roof Slating and Tiling

26th - 26th, Wales  
This 30-day course develops skills and experience working with heritage roofing materials leading to an NVQ Diploma Level 3 qualification, awarded by NOCN.  

Intermediate Stone Carving and Lettering Course

30th July - 1st August, Yorkshire  
The intermediate carving course follows on from our introduction course.
You will be able to tackle more free-form work to produce an art piece. You will be able to prepare, carve and cut letters for any purpose.



Apprentice Opportunity: Apprentice – Trowel Occupations / Heritage Construction


The Churches Conservation Trust have recently secured £2 million of investment to undertake a programme of major repair, conservation and adaptation St Swithun’s Church in Worcester. A significant repair and conservation need is work to original 18th Century wooden fixtures, fittings, and roof and ceiling spaces. It is here and at other heritage sites across the county that the apprentice will develop your craft skill set whilst gaining valuable experience on the job, surrounded by experts and helping to deliver the project. As an apprentice at The Churches Conservation Trust, you will be working in a truly unique environment with other staff and volunteers, developing your skills and gaining valuable experience.


The Awards celebrate the achievements of young people, who despite having to overcome a range of barriers have succeeded in training for and or gaining employment in the construction industry. Application deadline: 31st July 2018.


Job Opportunity: Heritage Skills Training Officer


Perth and Kincross Heritage Trust are looking to appoint a Skills Training Officer on a full-time, fixed term basis to deliver our exciting historic environment skills training projects and lead on developing a future training programme.


Job Vacancy: Heritage & Volunteering Officer


The Grade II* historic church, All Souls Bolton, was regenerated by the CCT in 2015 and is now a thriving community, enterprise and heritage space. The Heritage and Volunteering Officer will deliver a relevant and comprehensive activity plan for the local community. The right person will be adept in learning, community engagement and audience development programmes within a heritage setting. You will have experience of recruiting and working with volunteers. 


£60 million boost for Scotland's heritage 


Built and natural heritage in Scotland are to receive a £60m boost by National Trust for Scotland.



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Conservation and Repair of Timber

This course provides an intensive introduction to historic timber-framed structures.

RC1 19: Repair of Old Buildings Course

Run over five days, this course delivers an intensive programme of lectures and visits to building repair projects. It runs twice a year - in the spring and the autumn.

Conservation and Repair of Slate and Stone Roofing

This course covers the history of traditional slate and stone roofing but mainly concentrates on their conservation and repair.