Training opportunities

Conservation training

Get practical training from leading experts in specialist building trades, as well as more general building maintenance/management training.

Further information

These courses are suitable for beginners, age 16 years and over, who own a historic property or are interested on working on them. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All of our courses are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Introduction to lime plastering

There are no spaces available on this course.

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 4 June 2018  9.30am - 4.30pm Central Baptist Church Hall

What you'll learn

  • The theory behind using lime and its properties;
  • Preparation before plastering; 
  • How to apply and finish lime plaster.

Course Tutor:

Philip Gaches started an apprenticeship in plastering with his father in 1979, before taking over the business in 1987. Based in the East Midlands, he has worked on some of the best buildings in the country, including Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Hampton Court and Chatsworth House. Philip has been published in several magazines with articles relating to traditional plastering and has been teaching traditional plastering courses for over twenty years in the UK and abroad.

Introduction to lime pointing

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 19 September 2018  10am - 4pm city centre location TBC

What you'll learn

  • The theory behind why we use lime in historic buildings;
  • How to remove mortar;
  • How to repoint a wall with lime mortar.

Course tutor:

David Sleight is a locally based conservation contractor who has worked with historic buildings since 1979. He has worked for English Heritage and The Canal & Rivers Trust providing hands on and theoretical training to their staff as well as architects, surveyors, craftsmen and homeowners in the UK and abroad.

Living with your old building: An introduction for building owners and users

Date Time Venue
 Saturday 29 September 2018  9.30am - 4.30pm  King Richard III visitor centre

What you'll learn

  • How historic buildings perform and how to maintain them;
  • The legal framework relating to historic buildings;
  • How to work best with professionals on projects. 

Course tutor:

James Innerdale trained as an architect at Brighton Polytechnic, after which he worked for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings as their Northern Officer for several years before returning to private practice. He worked as Technical Officer for the SPAB's national Maintenance Co-operatives Project and now works as an independent Conservation Architect and a Consultant with Crosby Granger Architects. James has provided training in conservation of historic buildings for Historic England, the North of England Civic Trust, the Heritage Trust for the North West and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Introduction to traditional slate roofing

Date Time Venue
 Thursday 18 October 2018  10am - 4pm  city centre location TBC

What you'll learn

  • How traditional slate roofs work and maintenance challenges;
  • How to split, dress, fix and replace traditional slates;
  • How to deal with joints between different roof sections.

Course tutor:

Richard Jordan is a fully qualified roof slater and tiler base in the East Midlands. He started an apprenticeship in roofing with his father and went on to excel in this field, obtaining a prestigious William Morris Craft Fellowship from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1999, making him the first roof slater and tiler to do so. His firm are registered as an accredited Heritage Roof Master company with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors for ten types of traditional roofs. He regularly leads on training courses. 

Repair and maintenance of traditional windows

Date Time Venue
 Thursday 7 November 2018  10am - 4pm  King Richard III visitor centre

 

What you'll learn

  • Why buildings decay
  • Managing maintenance of a historic building
  • Safety aspects relating to building maintenance.

Course tutor:

Alan Creasey originally trained as a carpenter joiner and represented the UK in the International Apprenticeship Competition in Munich in 1973. He has considerable conservation management experience as well as a Master’s degree in Historic Building Conservation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Carpenters and works as the Heritage Skills Training Manager for the National Heritage Training Group’s Skills for the Future Programme. As well as running his own consultancy, Alan also helps with various aspects of developing educational courses, examining assessments and providing training.

Maintenance matters - The routine care of old buildings: a guide for owners and users

Date Time Venue
 Friday 8 March 2019 9.30am-4.30pm  King Richard III Visitor Centre 

What you'll learn

  • Why buildings decay;
  • Managing maintenance of a historic building;
  • Safety aspects relating to building maintenance. 

Course tutor:

James Innerdale trained as an architect at Brighton Polytechnic, after which he worked for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings as their Northern Officer for several years before returning to private practice. He worked as Technical Officer for the SPAB's national Maintenance Co-operatives Project and now works as an independent Conservation Architect and a Consultant with Crosby Granger Architects. James has provided training in conservation of historic buildings for Historic England, the North of England Civic Trust, the Heritage Trust for the North West and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Course costs

All courses have been heavily subsidised. Prices range from £19.99 to £40. If you are a resident or work in the THI area, the course may be free of charge.

How to book a place

To book your place for the following courses, please use the quick link at the top of this page. Select the course(s) that you wish to attend on the online form and proceed to pay by card.

Health and safety

For the practical building conservation courses, personal protective equipment is provided but please wear work clothes that you do not mind getting dirty/damaged and sturdy shoes, preferably hard toe capped.

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