The Derby Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is running a series of free one day workshops on a range of different topics to help owners, local tradespeople, architects and interested individuals learn more about the maintenance and management of historic buildings.

The aim of the THI, which is partly funded by Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, is to provide grants for the restoration and enhancement of buildings in the area. The project is also about engaging local people and professionals in understanding the importance of traditional building skills along with celebrating the historic significance of the area.

Councillor Mathew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said:

“The Townscape Heritage Initiative is an important project for Derby, it’s a great opportunity learn more about preserving our local history and will also enable local residents to better appreciate the importance of preserving heritage and history in Derby.”

The workshops are all free of charge but have a limited number of places available for each one so it’s important that you book your place early. It is also important that you let us know as soon as possible if you can’t attend for any reason so we can make your place available to someone else.

All courses run from 10am to 4pm and will take place at St Peter’s Church within the Derby Townscape Heritage area. Tea and coffee will be provided but attendees must bring their own lunch. See below for course details:

Living with Historic Homes – Friday 14th September and Saturday 6th October

Do you live in, or look after an historic property? If so, on this day-long introduction you will gain an understanding of how traditional buildings function and the designations that effect work carried out on and in them. You will learn about common problems with historic buildings, how you can prevent these and what to do when issues arise.

The course is taught by Kathryn Moore from Heritage Lincolnshire, who works with

Heritage at Risk across the region, supporting owners, local authorities and community groups as they seek to save historic sites.

Introduction to traditional roofing repair – Saturday 15th September and Friday 12th October

You will discover the importance of good craftsmanship in traditional roofing. Focussing on Welsh and local stone slate, you will learn the conservation approach to roofs, gain an insight into how roofs function, discover how slates are made and dressed to fit a roof, and have a go at constructing a traditional roof structure on a rig.

Your tutor will be Richard Jordan, an experienced heritage roofer who has undertaken projects and training for Historic England, CADW, and a wide range of private clients over his career.

Introduction to traditional joinery repairs – Friday 21st September and Saturday 27th October

Get to grips with the key areas of timber decay in historic buildings on this one day introduction to repairing traditional joinery. By the end of the day you will understand

the causes of decay and how to prevent it through planned maintenance, and experience some of the repair techniques used to save as much historic timber as possible where intervention is needed.

The course will be led by Bonsers Restoration Ltd, an experienced heritage building company.

Introduction to lime in historic buildings – Saturday 22nd September and Friday 19th October

Lime in its various forms as mortar, render, plaster and paint forms the bread and butter of conserving traditionally constructed building. You will be introduced to what lime is through the lime cycle, gain an understanding of why it is the appropriate material for historic buildings and what goes wrong when you don’t use it. There will be the chance to get hands on experience of lime mortar pointing, including mortar mixing.

Kathryn Moore and Michael Bunn from Heritage Lincolnshire lead this course. Michael was a stonemason for 20 years before working on buildings for English Heritage prior to joining Heritage Lincolnshire to run grant schemes for historic buildings in Boston.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending the above workshops please contact THI or phone 01529 461 499 with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Postcode
  • Phone number (in case of on-the-day issues)
  • Reason for attending so that we can pass this on to our tutors.

THI will confirm your place at the time of booking and send out further information no less than one week prior to the course.

Please note that courses are suitable for 18+ only. Exceptions may be made for students currently studying an appropriate course at a further education college. Please contact THI or phone 01529 461499 to discuss this.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Find out more on the Heritage Lottery Fund website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.