Historic Windows Workshop

This course will provide a detailed examination of a wide range of historic windows and joinery. It will focus on windows as designed components of a historic building in their own right, exploring their changing styles and the contribution they make to historic buildings and local character. As particularly vulnerable elements of historic buildings, this course will provide delegates with an understanding of key concerns surrounding historic windows today, and will offer the opportunity to closely examine historic windows and joinery to recognise subtle changes in mouldings and construction that indicate the age and development of windows.

The course will be held as a workshop, with a range of windows and joinery displayed; these examples will be discussed throughout the afternoon, which delegates will be free to photograph, draw, and closely inspect.

This course will be led by architectural historian, Charles Brooking, who is also the Founding Member of The Brooking Museum of Architectural Detail and an historic buildings consultant.  In 1966 he founded the museum and in 2013 a new registered CIO charity was formed.  Charles has rescued more than 500,000 period building details, including doors and windows, which span over 500 years of design and making.  The museum is now recognised as a renowned teaching resource offering its unique ‘hands-on’ teaching philosophy, and is consulted by a wide spectrum of people, ranging from architects, conservation officers and owners of period properties, to artists, designers and researchers.  Examples of artefacts from the museum will be presented at the course.


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