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Building Conservation Events – July 2015

Posted on by J Radford Group

Here at J Radford we are passionate about the conservation of historic buildings and have a wealth of experience cleaning and restoring brickwork and stone. As such, we like to keep an eye on innovations within the industry and one of the best ways to do this is to keep abreast of conservation events, conferences and courses.

So with that in mind, here’s a round-up of a few upcoming events! All taking place in July 2015, they are vital for the advancement of the conservation industry and offer a fantastic opportunity for both those who work within it and those with a keen interest.

SPAB Working Party

Taking place at Sullington Manor Farm in West Sussex from the 6th-11th July, the event is an annual one held by The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Conservation experts will lead volunteers in repairing a collection of medieval buildings at Sullington Manor Farm, including a Grade II listed barn and a Grade I listed church.

These two buildings will be the focus of the event and both professionals and volunteers will work together to restore them, undertaking tasks such as mortar repointing, lime washing, drainage work and timber, plaster and flintwork repairs.

The SPAB Working Party is a unique experience and allows restoration enthusiasts, individuals just starting out in their career and specialists within the conservation industry to meet, work together and benefit from each other’s experience and interests.

SEAHA Conference 2015

The first International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) is being held at the University College London on the 14th and 15th of July. Focusing on heritage science research, the SEAHA Conference is a cross-disciplinary event connecting science and the humanities. It will look at innovations within the conservation industry and discuss the best practices to successfully manage cultural heritage.

The conference offers a platform for a variety of professionals, including scientists, researchers, engineers and policy-makers. They will be able to use their personal experience, knowledge and skills to discuss building conservation from a range of angles and viewpoints.

Conservation and Repair of Masonry Ruins

This is a four day course taking place at west Dean College, West Sussex from the 13th to the 16th of July. Designed for those with an interest in the conservation of ruined structures, this course is ideal for both trained conservation specialists and restoration enthusiasts.

It covers the structural assessment of masonry work, as well as the analysis of the surface condition of the walls. Utilising a combination of classroom-based learning and practical exercises, pupils undertaking the course will learn how to identify traditional materials, diagnose and remedy masonry faults and remove and control organic growth. It also covers wall-top treatments, the specification of mortars and grouts and mortar preparation and placement.

As specialists within the building conservation industry, we offer a range of cleaning services, including facade cleaning and brickwork and stone cleaning. For more information, simply get in touch with our professional team today!

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