Awareness raising is vital in understanding conservation principles and the use of materials. Whether it's for architects, tradesmen, supervisors or home owners "hands on" training enables techniques and practical skills to be demonstrated by an experienced person and tried out by the trainee.
Other recent training courses provided by DSC:
Canal and Rivers Trust
Hands on training was carried out on Vicarage Bridge Kintbury on the Kennett and Avon canal for ten volunteer trainees. The training consisted of repointing and brick repairs with lime mortar.
Leicester City Council
As part of Leicester’s Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative a one day practical training course was provided to ten delegates to gain an understanding of why we use lime in historic buildings, the different types and applications of lime and how to mix and apply lime mortar. The training focused on the practical elements of working with lime.
DSC carried out a two day training course for Erewash Borough Council in connection with the Long Eaton Townscape Heritage Initiative. The training was mainly a hands on course but also looked at the theoretical aspects of good conservation practice.
Trainees looked at lime, lime mortars and the good and bad aspects of repointing narrow brickwork joints. A small section of brickwork was repointed.
Mar '13 Homeowner Training A hands on training repointing course was carried out for a local client using lime mortar turning the wall.
Into the repaired wall.
The home owner had little hands on experience but was able to carry on repointing her property to a good standard using the correct tools and materials.
(March 06) DSC runs Training courses at Stourport Basin
Course delegates carefully chop out prior to repointing.
Mixing and beating the pointing mortar helps it to become more workable.