Traditional Building Skills, Conservation Courses and Lectures

We run a popular series of one, two and three day practical courses in traditional building skills, which aim to raise awareness of the importance of protecting historic buildings by using appropriate methods and materials to repair and conserve them.

Many of the courses are run from our workshop at Cressing Temple Barns but, where possible, we use sites throughout Essex, and neighbouring counties, which enable our students to work on 'live' projects. Our tutors are all excellent craftsmen who run their own businesses using their skills every day, and who have a wealth of experience and knowledge. Courses are open to all skill levels unless specified otherwise.

Running alongside the hands-on courses is a range of CPD lecture sessions recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). Topics vary annually but their aim remains the same: to educate and inform professionals, including: surveyors, architects, building contractors, self-employed tradesmen, and the owners of historic buildings, in the technical and practical issues involved in the care and repair of historic buildings, and the wider historic environment.

Take a look at the latest Traditional Building Skills Programme or visit our Courses Page for more information...

For all course and workshop enquires, please contact our programme administrator, Gemma Clayton, by emailing: Traditional.BuildingSkills@essex.gov.uk

Flint Walling

Timber Frame Repairs

Straw Bale

Brick repair

Lime course