A Gardens Trust Study Day at Boughton House & Gardens

10 May 2017

The Gardens Trust has arranged a visit to see the restoration works on the garden and park at Boughton by consultant archaeologist Brian Dix. It will follow and complement Brian’s winter lectures in Birmingham and London for the Gardens Trust. The gardens comprise extensive remains of formal layouts dating from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Rides and avenues of the same period extend far out into the surrounding countryside, set within the deer park of late medieval origins. The visit will include a tour of the House whose transformation by Ralph Montagu from a ‘large but rambling house’ to its current form began in 1685.

Brian Dix has been working for the Duke of Buccleuch for the last few years and has been involved in re-constructing the Grand Etang the centre-piece of which is a 75ft jet d’eau. We hope His Grace will be kind enough to turn on this spectacular fountain. Brian has also undertaken other extensive archaeological work around the site and is now overseeing the restoration of the bastion to re-establish the vantage viewpoints out to the rides and park. There will also be an opportunity to see Kim Wilkie’s Orpheus – a 21st-century water feature commissioned by the Duke for the empty space opposite the mount – which has been repaired during 2016.

Book online using Eventbrite at no extra fee, or contact: claire@decarle.plus.com;

Sustainability of Traditional Buildings

13 June 2017

The STBA-SPAB Sustainability of Traditional Buildings Conference (13th June 2017, London) addresses: Context, Continuity and Change.

The conference will be opened by a keynote from Peter Rickaby of the“Each Home Counts” Implementation Board. However, the topics include not only energy efficiency and carbon but also the wider, often overlooked, issues of sustainability.

Presentations include

  • sustainability via maintenance (John Preston, IHBC),
  • building pathology & BS7913 (John Edwards, CIOB)
  • healthy buildings (Ian Mawditt, Fourwalls & Simon Corbey, ASBP)
  • and a fresh approach to mortgage survey for sustainability (Steven Hodgson, PCA)

In addition, Sofie Pelsmakers (Sheffield University), Caroline Rye (Archimetrics & SPAB) and Natasha Ginks (De Montfort University) will present their research into thermal upgrades of floors, walls and windows.

Further information & bookings here…

More Conservation Challenges – RIAS Spring Seminar

31 May 2017

The RIAS conservation spring seminar is now open for bookings. Topics will include conservation work at the Capitol, Washington DC, and the Scottish architectural legacy in India. The technical components will include climate change adaptation for traditional buildings, interpreting thermal imaging and advice on working with lime for pointing and harling, including specification advice and guidance on the causes of failure, 3D laser scanning technique as used in the restoration of Glasgow School of Art.  

 For programme and booking form click here

 If you wish to book a place, please complete a booking form and email to Hayley.Kyle@rias.org.uk

Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings

08 May – 10 May 2017

Condition surveys of historic buildings require an understanding of architectural and construction history, as well as the ability to analyse and prioritise defects. This course aims to give participants an understanding of traditional construction and its defects and to provide the skills to carry out balanced and informed surveys of historic buildings.

The course is designed for built environment professionals who are responsible for the repair, maintenance and management of heritage assets, public sector planning and conservation professionals, and owners of heritage assets.

Closing date:  20 April 2017

For further information and bookings click here

Spaces In Between- 50 Years of Conservation Areas

31 March 2017

There are more than 10,000 Conservation Areas in England. Have they achieved their aim of preserving and enhancing the special places identified locally as being important to communities? How successful have regeneration schemes been? And has the public realm been overlooked?

The 2017 ASCHB Conference on 31st March 2017 at the Institution of Civil Engineers will have three sessions:

Conservation Areas: Where did they come from and what have they achieved?

The Management of Historic Places: Regeneration or Gentrification?

The Wider Picture: Public Realm

Speakers will include Laura Sandys, Carol Pyrah, Sir Donald Insall, Colin J Davis and Professor John Pendlebury.

For further details, download the flyer and booking form and the poster

Bookings can also be made through Eventbrite  who levy a charge for the their service

Download the AGM Agenda