Traditional Building Skills, Conservation courses and lectures 2017-2018

Welcome to the Traditional Building Skills and Conservation Courses Programme 2017/18. Our programme, now in its 21st year, is delivered by leading craftsmen and experts in their fields, and is aimed at conservation and building professionals, contractors, general builders, the owners and managers of historic buildings and sites, as well as interested amateurs and enthusiasts. Ongoing support for the programme from City and Country means we are able to continue to offer our bursary scheme, which provides the opportunity for suitable applicants to acquire experience of craft building techniques.

Over the last three years, there has been a revival of interest in the use of hot mixed lime mortars and we’re very pleased to be able to offer a one-day hot lime workshop delivered by Nigel Copsey, one of England’s leading stonemasons and lime/earth mortar experts. The course will enable trainees to gain a practical understanding of its use for conservation and repair.

Another highlight of our 2017/18 programme will be a one-day conference on the Forests of Essex, to be held in memory of Oliver Rackham who contributed so much to our understanding of Forests, woods and trees in Essex. Key national speakers include Professor Tom Williamson and Professor Charles Watkins, who will be joined by local experts to explore the cultural and natural heritage of our Forests, and their understanding and future management.

 Our popular one, two and three-day ‘hands-on’ courses are back helping to raise awareness of the importance of the protection of historic buildings and the most appropriate methods and techniques to conserve them. As well as our workshop at Cressing Temple Barns, our venues for practical courses this year will include Stock Windmill, Essex, Little Wenham Hall in Suffolk, and the magnificent walled garden at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.


Our CPD programme is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and is a great way to gain new insights and knowledge, whilst supporting your professional development. New subjects for 2017/18 include investigating and remedying dampness and timber decay, historic paint work, and the management of Conservation Areas.

Traditional Building Skills, Conservation courses and lectures 2017-18