SPAB courses at Coleshill Heritage Skills Centre

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We are excited to announce a series of courses for Spring 2022 facilitated by SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) in association with the National Trust.

We are pleased to announce a series of courses facilitated by SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) in association with the National Trust. These courses are great for building professionals and people looking for general interest.

To book on to any of these course, please visit www.spab.org.uk and head to the 'What's On' page. 

An Introduction to Plain Lime Plastering

Fri 25 and Sat 26 March 2022

£495 per person (bursaries are available via the application process) 

This hands-on course covers the mixing and application of lime plaster to lath, masonary and modern substrates. This includes pricking up and base coats, float coats and setting coats. It also provides a brief introduction to running a cornice in-situ. Ideally delegates should have practical plastering skills and experienced plasterers used to working in gypsum will particularly benefit. The tutors are experienced lime plasterers and have decades of experience working on sites. 

Note: The Worshipful Company of Plasters is generously subsidising 3 places on this course.

Audience: Introductory, Intermediate, General Interest, CPD 

Head to www.spab.org.uk/whats-on to book your place.

An Introduction to Letter Cutting in Stone 

Fri 6 and Sat 7 May 2022

£395 per person

Suitable for all levels, our experienced and friendly craft tutors will guide delegates through the various processes within a small group setting, starting with drawing letters and setting out. There will be opportunity to create a small plaque depending on skills level and delegates are asked to come prepared with a word they would like to cut as part of their individual project. There will also be various talks within the course to understand a little more about the traditions of the craft, and an opportunity to visit Coleshill Parish Church to look closely at historic examples.

Audience: Introductory, Intermediate, Geneal Interest, CPD

Head to www.spab.org.uk/whats-on to book your place.

Introduction to Ornamental Lime Plastering 

Fri 20 and Sat 21 May 2022

£495 per person (bursaries are available via the application process) 

This course is ideally suited to people with plastering experience and particularly working plasterers who are keen to expand their skill base. Working in a small group with 3 experienced tutors, this 2 day course will include a demonstration of making a runing mould and provide a practical introduction to running a cornice in-situ and forming external and internal mitres. There will also be instruction on casting and fixing enrichments as well as running fibrous plasterwork formed 'on the bench'.

Audience:  Intermediate, General Building, CPD 

Head to www.spab.org.uk/whats-on to book your place.

All courses are held at the Heritage Skills Centre at Coleshill Model Farm in Coleshill Village near Swindon.