National Heritage Training Group Newsletter November 2015

Posted on 25th November 2015.


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Newsletter November 2015



Well training and skills are once again a hot topic!

NHTG Image1Back in August I alerted you to Trailblazers; a government initiative to develop a new type of apprenticeship. Designed by employers, for employers, the hope is that future apprenticeships will
give new employees the skills, knowledge and understanding that employers need for their business. Competency is the key word here. Many of the federations are involved and the Federation of Master Builders(FMB) is supporting the development of two new Trailblazers in Bricklaying and Plastering.

As part of this process the FMB are keen to consult as widely as possible, to ensure stan
dards are of the highest quality. They are requesting that people review these draft standards Brick and Plastering and then complete a short survey which will allow you to input your views here. The deadline for responses is midnight on the 23rd December 2015. It is vital that the heritage sector has an input into these new programmes to ensure that traditional building skills form part of future mainstream education and training, so please respond!

If you want to find more information about Trailblazers and what other
standards are being developed, follow these links:

All of the apprenticeship standards and assessment plans that have been produced by employers and agreed by the government are published here.

All of the standards that are currently being developed by employer groups can be found here.

Apprenticeship reforms updates with all of the latest information can be found here.

Moving on to thoughts of winter, it’s an essential time to take care of your property and to protect it from the elements.  SPAB’s National Maintenance Week is running 20th-27th November and reminds anyone who looks after a building – regardless of its age, type or purpose – of the simple, achievable steps they can take to prepare for the worst that autumn and winter can bring. We would urge you to go to the Maintenance Week website to find practical tips and guidance about maintaining your building this winter!

With best wishes

Cathie Clarke, General Manager, NHTG

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Here we present a selection of training and events that are happening across the UK that we hope will be of interest. A fuller list can be found in our online Events section and we also advise you to keep tabs on courses and events provided by Heritage Training Providers near you. If you would like us to consider your event to be included on the Information Centre or in the
monthly newsletter, then please contact us. We are also active on Twitte
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Reviving Places by Reusing Industrial Heritage

1st December, Manchester
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Following a campaign by a network of organisations
involved in the conservation, protection, promotion and conversion of historic industrial sites, the Council of Europe has declared 2015 as European Industrial and Technical Heritage (EITH) Year. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic England (HE) and The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) are organising a conference to tie in with EITH 2015. The central theme for the conference is re-use, with a focus on developing new uses for vacant, at-risk industrial buildings by connecting them to creative industries businesses, developers, investors, other commercial opportunities and community-led/not-for-profit organisations. Book a place here.
Source: Historic England

The Big Update

2nd December, London
A chance to keep up to date with what’s happening to secure the future of historic religious buildings, and to meet others with similar interests and concerns. Speakers include Sir Laurie Magnus, Chair of Historic England, Philip Arundell of the AllChurches Trust and Rachel Harden of the Church of England. Book a place here.
Source: Historic Religious Buildings Alliance

Heritage Day 2015

3rd December, London
HNHTG Image3eritage Day is one of the biggest events in the heritage calendar. This popular event offers delegates the chance to meet a wide range of colleagues from across the sector, hear eminent speakers address the latest issues affecting the future of our heritage, while also offering the opportunity to take part in a lively Q&A Session. The afternoon will also see the sixth annual presentation of the Heritage Alliance Heroes Awards. The day will hear from their Chairman, Loyd Grossman, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, Tracey Crouch MP, and the Chairman of Historic England, Sir Laurie Magnus. Find out more and book a place here.
Source: Heritage Alliance

Structural Repairs to Historic Buildings

4th December, Essex
Standard engineering solutions to repair problems are often inappropriate for historic buildings. Instead a conservation approach taking into account their construction, materials and character is required. This CPD seminar considers some repairs to the structure of masonry and timber buildings and the philosophy behind them. Tutor Ian Hume is a structural engineer who has spent the last 35 years dealing almost exclusively with historic structures from the prehistoric to modern movement buildings. Book a place here
Source: Essex County Council

Oak Timber Building Frame Course

7th-11th December, East Sussex
NHTG Image4This hands-on course is designed for anyone interested in learning how to construct a timber frame. It will give delegates experience of the main techniques and skills of timber framing which they can then apply to their own projects.

This is a practical course run in a workshop using hand tools and participants will be actively working on preparing the frame and cutting joints throughout the course.

Find out more and book a place here.

Source: Plumpton College Workshop

Repairing Traditional Masonry

7th-8th December, Fife
A two day workshop for building professionals that provides an introduction to the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry structures and buildings, for the most part using traditional lime based mortars. By the end of the course attendees will be able to recognise vernacular and historic finishes to masonry buildings and will gain an understanding of building diagnostics in order to be able to develop specifications in relation to exposure, season, substrates and the nature of masonry repairs required. Grants are available for this course. Book a place here.
Source: Scottish Lime Centre Trust

Introduction to Stained Glass

11th-12th December, Lincoln
The Heritage Skills Centre is a focus for heritage crafts and skills development in Lincolnshire. It provides hands on experience and training through taster days, short courses and demonstrations in craft, conservation and traditional building skills. The Centre runs a wide range of courses, suitable for all skill levels from beginners to advanced, for crafters, historic homeowners, contractors and professionals – all run in their purpose built training centre in the stunning setting of Lincoln Castle. Find out more and book a place on this course here. Book a place here.
Source:Heritage Skills Centre


The economic importance of private houses revealed

The Historic Houses Association (HHA) has reported on the high economic contribution of privately owned historic houses in the UK.

In a report commissioned by the HHA, key economic findings are highlighted. These include £286m per year being fed into the economy by private historic houses and over 40 thousand full time jobs generated. However, the cost of conserving these much-loved properties is ris
ing, and the report highlights the alarming increase in the shortfall of maintenance expenditure at privately owned historic houses. Read the full story here.

Source: IHBC

Have your Say: UK Construction Skills Gap

A new skills survey by the BRE Academy aims to generate a comprehensive picture of the UK’s construction skills gap. The aim of the survey is to establish an understanding of what skills are in short supply and what skills are needed for the industry now and in the future.

BRE Academy Director Pauline Traetto said ‘ We have less land, fewer resources, more people, more demand, climate change and adaption issues, migration to cities, the move to digital construction or BIM – new designs, construction methods and materials are coming on the market and those working in the sector need to upskill and move with the changes. All of us working in education and training need to understand where the market is at and how we can support it to going forward’. Find out more and conduct the survey here.

Source: IHBC

Britain’s largest historic home sold to overseas investment company

NHTG Image5The sale of Britain’s largest private home, Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire has been made by a Hong Kong based investment company for £8 million pounds.

The sale has disappointed the The Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust (WWPT) and SAVE Britain’s Heritage, who had raised £7 million to buy the mansion, its protected contents and grounds and to save it for the nation.

Read the full story here.

Source: The Times Image: © Save Wentworth

New Euro conservation course: MSc in Structural Analysis

A Joint European Master Programme on the conservation of architectural heritage structures has been launched, with five Universities partnering to deliver the course and participants being potentially eligible for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship or for a Consortium scholarship.

The Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (MSc) is a Joint European Master Programme on the conservation of architectural heritage structures, aiming at producing an international platform of top level competence. Find out more here.

Source: IHBC


Conservation and Design Officers Required, Cotswold District Council

NHTG Image6Cotswold District Council are seeking enthusiastic and knowledgeable historic environment specialists to join their multi-disciplinary Heritage and Design team. They will provide conservation and design support to the Development Management and Planning Policy teams, as well as to other areas of the Council, Members and the general public. This opportunity is available to candidates with the relevant post-graduate qualification and who have varying levels of experience. Read the job descriptions and apply here.
Source: Cotswold District Council

Administrator, National Heritage Ironwork Group

Two experienced Fixer Masons are required to work on a church restoration project near Stratford-on-Avon. The work is immediately available and on-going until Christmas. The work involves stone fixing the exterior and interior church walls and working as part of a conservation team.For more details and to apply here
Source: NHIG

Community Engagement Officer, The New Room

This is an opportunity to be involved in an exciting time of new community engagement for the New Room in Bristol. The post arises from the Horsefair Project which is being financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Bristol District of the Methodist Church.
Find out more and apply here.
Source: The New Room

Stained Glass Glazier/Conservator at Lincoln Cathedral

NHTG Image7An opportunity has arisen for Lincoln Cathedral Works Department to appoint an additional member of staff who is skilled in working on historical and architectural stained glass. The Glazing Department is a small team dedicated to the care and maintenance of the large collection of stained glass and leaded windows of Lincoln Cathedral and the plain glazed windows of the Close Houses. They are looking for an individual who is able to demonstrate a high and diverse level of professionalism in the practical craft and who has a good understanding of current stained glass conservation/preservation practices. A relevant recognised qualification or equivalent proven ability is essential. Find out more and apply here.
Source: Lincoln Cathedral

Policy and Communications Officer, The Heritage Alliance

Do you want to work at the heart of heritage policy? The Heritage Alliance – the heritage sector’s advocacy body – is seeking an outstanding person to take up the key role of Policy and Communications Officer. This is a dynamic role requiring a proactive, reliable self-starter. Reporting to the Chief Executive and Board of Trustees, the role incorporates a wide range of communications, public affairs and policy tasks. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong writing and editorial skills with excellent communication skills. Good administrative skills, including technical website competence, are essential. For further detail and apply click here.
Source: The Heritage Alliance

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