Conservation Brickwork: Dry packing and repointing

This two-day course is aimed at beginners and intermediates who would like to learn about using lime mortars and repairing brickwork while working on a historic site. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to mix lime and undertake dry packing and repointing, working to conserve a historic wall in the beautiful location of Sible Hedingham, Essex.

The course will be run at Alderford Mill, one of the best-preserved watermills in Essex built in around 1720. This mill is owned by Essex County Council, and the course will include a guided tour by the County millwright.

The course will be led by Mac Knox-Weir, one of the highest qualified bricklayers in the UK. Mac has spent over 40 years working with brickwork, including the repair of historic buildings. His experience includes work on many of the royal palaces, such as Hampton Court, where he has been responsible for repairing and re-building sections of specialist brickwork.

Recommended reading

Jane Schofield, Lime in Building: A Practical Guide (available to purchase through Essex County Council for £6, and copies will be available on the day. Please contact if you would like to purchase a copy)

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Alderford Mill
Historic Brickwork at Alderford Mill