NHTG Newsletter, October 2018

NHTG Newsletter October 2018


Dear Reader

The NHTG has had a busy month, as we have reloacted offices! We now have a workspace at Union St a co-working building in Sheffield city centre. The new helpdesk number is 0739 4857 123.

Due to its central location and close proximity to the train station, the NHTG is well positioned for meetings, so do let us know if you are in the area and come and have a coffee with us in the café or meeting room.

Please adjust your records and send any post to Sophie Keegan at Union St, 18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP.

For invoices and membership fees please send to NHTG Accounts, 36 London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1AB.

We're pleased to say that the NHTG Membership scheme is growing each month. We now have an online directory of our members, so you can read about their work and you’ll see who you will be joining – great company! The benefits of the scheme are listed here. If you’re interested in joining, you can find out more by getting in touch.

With best wishes


Sophie Keegan
Marketing, Events and Helpdesk Manager




Researching & Understanding your Historic House

1st October, Essex  

This event takes place at the Essex Record Office and is aimed a house owners, heritage consultants, architects and anyone interested in researching the history and development of historic buildings.

The first session will look at what sources are typically available for understanding the origins and development of historic buildings.

The second part of the morning will include a tour of the ERO which will show you how to access their collections for your own research and a peek behind-the-scenes at how the collections are cared for.


Lime and Conservation Brickwork

3rd - 5th October, Hertfordshire  
A three-day course aimed at providing working bricklayers and those who would like to increase their knowledge in conservation techniques, the opportunity to learn the correct repair of historic brickwork and the use of lime mortar. It is also suitable for owners of historic buildings who are keen to increase their knowledge of brickwork conservation.

The course will be run in the setting of the kitchen garden of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire where delegates will be carrying out repairs to an 18th century folly and garden wall.

Introduction to traditional slate roofing

18th October, Leicester  
Learn the basics of roofing slates in the post and pre industrial style from leading roofing expert Richard Jordan. This training will introduce you to the methods of splitting, dressing, fixing and replacing traditional slates and how to deal with joints between different roof sections. What you need to bring Personal protective equipment and tools will be provided. Please wear work clothes that you do not mind getting dirty or damaged, and sturdy shoes preferably hard toe capped where possible. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  

Repair and maintenance of traditional windows 

7th November, Leicester  
If you live in or work on buildings with traditional timber windows this course is for you. With a focus on sliding sash windows you will learn what makes up a traditional sash and case window, look at some common faults and simple repairs and be shown simple ways to improve the thermal efficiency of timber windows without resorting to upvc alternatives. What you need to bring Personal protective equipment and tools will be provided. Please wear work clothes that you do not mind getting dirty or damaged, and sturdy shoes preferably hard toe capped where possible. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  

Seminar: Colour & Finish in Heritage Ironwork

15th November, London  
We live in a world of many and varied colours, from bright and bold to subtle and calm, and we make full use of this wide palette to decorate our built environment. So why is it that when it comes to ironwork the majority of people specify black? 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.  

Old House Eco Course

17th November, London  

Learn how to make your home – whether it is medieval and timber-framed, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian, detached or terraced – energy efficient and low carbon, without devaluing the future sustainability or character of the building.


Blacksmithing Taster Days

20th and 27th November, Cotswolds Conservation Board, Northleach  

These two courses will allow you to learn about the skill of blacksmithing through practising the use of the tools and techniques used by blacksmiths. During the taster day you will learn about the blacksmith processes through a comprehensive introduction to the basics of blacksmithing. Various techniques will be demonstrated to show how it is done and then participants will be able to have a go themselves.


INTBAU World Congress 2018: Everything Old Is New Again

27th - 28th November, London  

INTBAU (The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism) is delighted to announce the 2018 World Congress Everything Old is New Again on 27th and 28th November at the Royal Society of Arts, London.

Attracting key speakers and senior international figures from a range of backgrounds the INTBAU World Congress is a popular biennial forum which brings together global perspectives and knowledge for discussion and debate of pressing issues and difficult questions facing the built environment in communities around the world.


news and JObs


The Churches Conservation Trust: Head of Regeneration & Consultancy (Maternity Cover)


Do you want to lead an award winning regeneration team and oversee the delivery of creative new uses for some of the nation’s most important historic buildings?

CCT are looking for an experienced, entrepreneurial person to lead our regeneration team, to deliver the Trust’s portfolio of regeneration projects and grow the Trust’s consultancy work.

You will have significant experience in managing major projects the field of historic buildings and community regeneration. You will be an effective team leader, an excellent people person with sound judgement and an ability to work under pressure.

Job Opportunity: Lime Plasterer / Fibrous Plasterer


Ornamental Plaster Specialists Hayles and Howe, are looking for either skilled or trainee plasterers who are keen to learn.

Working all over the UK on restoration and new build projects.

Must be able to work away from home. Food, travel and staying away allowance is provided along with extra pay for overtime.

CSCS card and NVQ L2 or evidence of experience is required. Candidates need to be self-motivated and able to deal with client relations on site. Immediate start.



Victorian Society Top 10 list reveals eclectic selection of endangered buildings


The Victorian Society has released their annual Top 10 Endangered Buildings List.

The list recognises Victorian and Edwardian buildings and structures throughout England and Wales, which are at risk and aims to increase awareness to help save them.

The buildings on the list include a Victorian seaside winter gardens, a set of seven London gasholders, a Victorian jam factory and attached village, and a former orphanage.

All of the buildings are Grade II or Grade II* listed, and yet have been neglected for so long that they have now reached a critical point of dereliction: only urgent action can prevent them from being lost forever.


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