Workshops offered in heritage building skills

Published on 28 February 2018

A NEW series of workshops offering training in traditional heritage construction skills will get under way in the Greyfriars conservation area next month.

The one-day courses – organised by Leicester City Council – are open to anybody aged 16+ and are suitable for local contractors and owners of historic property.

The first course – which runs on Thursday 22 March at the King Richard III Visitor Centre – will offer an introduction to stained glass. Tutors from Stained Glass House Studio, who have carried out restoration work at Leicester Cathedral, will lead practical sessions in basic glass cutting and colouring.

This will be followed by courses on the maintenance of architectural tiles on 16 May, an introduction to lime plastering on 4 June and a lime pointing workshop on 19 September.

Places on each course must be booked in advance and will cost from £25 to £40 per person.

The scheme is subsidised through the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative, which is backed by £1.1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The five-year programme is supporting the restoration and improvement of buildings in the Greyfriars conservation area.

Sophie Noon, city council project officer for the Townscape Heritage Initiative, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to continue working with heritage experts and skilled craftspeople to deliver these new courses. Our previous workshops in traditional building skills have proven popular and the feedback has been excellent.

“Any local contractors completing the courses will be added to a list which we can share with property owners in the Greyfriars conservation area.

“It’s a great way of helping to ensure that the skills needed to conserve and maintain the historic buildings in this area are available locally.”

All courses are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) which represents conservation professionals in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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