Conservation Skills Course Programme 2020

Our Conservation Skills courses based at the Home Farm is a hub for education and knowledge-sharing. We are launching our first programme of conservation skills courses for 2020 in association with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

Across the UK traditional building skills and rural crafts are in decline. The increasing skills shortage within the conservation sector means that knowledge is being lost, putting our heritage structures at risk. Our Conservation Skills Programme based at the Home Farm is a community for education and knowledge-sharing.

In Spring 2020 we have a wide range of conservation skills courses available to book your place on:

Hot limes for builders and specifiers

Monday 27th April

Brush up on your conservation skills and learn more about how you can use hot lime mortar at our one-day course this spring.   Perhaps you are a builder or specifier who is actively working in conservation or perhaps you have a passion for the conservation of listed and historical buildings. Either way, you’ll already have a basic knowledge of lime and its applications, but you’d like to learn more about hot mixing and application to add to your collection of skills.

This course provides you with a practical insight into the use of ‘hot’ limes and focuses on recent research into hot mixing and application with a variety of talks, videos and demonstrations. 

Homeowner 'Old House' Repair weekend

Saturday 2nd May & Sunday 3rd May

Learn more about how to sympathetically care for, repair and improve older buildings with this two-day course. Perhaps your home is a listed property in a conservation area or simply an older building or perhaps you are a builder or specifier passionate about conserving historical buildings and structures. Either way this course will offer you practical information and guidance on how to look after, repair and improve older homes using sympathetic methods and techniques.

This is a two-day course covering a variety of topics which will be useful to you as the owner of an older building. By the end of the two days you’ll have developed your knowledge and understanding of how to look after and maintain your home including things like; dealing with damp and structural issues, improving energy efficiency with traditional methods and a range of practical skills using lime including lime plastering, lime washing and lime pointing.

Energy Efficiency for Old Buildings

Tuesday 12th May

Learn how to make your listed or older property more energy efficient without comprising it’s historical character on this full-day conservation skills course.

Perhaps your home is a listed property in a conservation area or simply an older building or perhaps you are a builder or specifier passionate about conserving historical buildings and structures. Either way this course will offer you practical information and guidance on how manage and improve the energy efficiency of older buildings.

An Introduction to Lime in Building

Thursday 11th June

Are you new to the world of lime mixes and it’s use in conservation building methods? This course will give you a welcome introduction.  Perhaps you are a builder or specifier who is actively working in conservation or perhaps you have a passion for the conservation of listed and historical buildings. Either way, you’ll be completely new to lime uses and applications, but you’d like to learn more.

This full-day course will give you a practical introduction to using limes. You’ll be introduced to lime pointing, lime plastering and lime washing, as well as learning about the different forms of lime that can be used.

An Introduction to Letter Cutting in Stone

Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June

Learn how to letter cut in stone on this two-and-a-half-day course designed to introduce you to the craft. Perhaps you are already a skilled letter cutter looking to improve on your skills or perhaps you’re just interested in the craft. Either way, you’ll have already have basic tool skills and want to learn more about letter cutting in stone. Letter cutting in stone is a timeless skill which has been used for centuries and is considered an art form by some. The precision and accuracy required to place letters on stone which are a true reflection of the original writing is skill developed for decades. 

This two-and-a-half-day course will introduce you to the art of letter cutting in stone. Experienced tutors will guide you through the various processes involved in a hands-on, small group setting.

Plain Lime Plastering

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June 

Are you already interested in Plain Lime Plastering? Get hands-on at this practical course designed for experienced plasterers. Perhaps you are a plasterer or specifier who is actively working in conservation or perhaps you have a passion for the conservation of listed and historical buildings. Either way, you’ll already have plastering experience and will be ready to build on your existing skills by learning about plain lime plastering.

This two-day course will cover the application of lime plaster to lath, masonry & modern substrates. You’ll be spending the day with experienced lime plasterers with decades of site experience, ready to share their expertise and show you how to produce the best results.

All our courses are run in association with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).  You can find out more about them and their work here