Category Archives: Event

NHTG Mentors and Mentoring Craft Trainees within Heritage Construction Work

8 May 2017

It’s nice to have a ‘mentor’ – someone to guide and advise – and nicer still to be one.

This one-day course is of interest to crafts persons – both trainees and supervisors, builders and professionals. Participants will learn about mentoring, which is simply about a more experienced and trusted person assisting or supporting a Learner or less experienced craftsperson to further develop their craft skills abilities. This requires the informed guidance of a mentor with a high level of practical skill and underpinning knowledge and experience. Less experienced, but skilled craftspeople can be trained and mentored to become a master craftsperson.

This course is set within the context of the theory and practicalities of conserving traditional/heritage buildings, and will be a useful addition for those studying heritage skills level 3 crafts diplomas and NVQ’s. This course will provide an excellent opportunity for the exchange of information and experience and will assist Learners to develop their craft skill, with the ambition of eventually reaching a status similar to that of their mentor. This course will also inform employers, who may wish to nominate either themselves or one of their staff to become a mentor to guide their developing team.The course is presented as a combination of chalk and talk, power-point presentations containing relevant colour images, flip-chart for points of interest, Q and A’s and handout documents for attendees. Located at the Building Crafts College at Stratford, London, these premises will be used to assist learning including a tour of the Craft Workshops to see the students work.

Download the Course Programme here

Booking a place

To book a place on this course please complete and return the Booking Form to For any queries please call 01246 252 363.

Heritage Stonemasonry SAP and SUP

15 May 2017

Available as a 5 or 10 day SUP and a 20 day SAP. This course is aimed at those wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in Heritage Stonemasonry – craft masonry, fixing, site masonry.

Examples of course content; Concept of minimum intervention, re-usable materials, tools of the trade, materials used; Types of foundations, shoring, excavation and underpinning; Lime cycle, lime putty, lime mortars, defective mortar, tamping and pointing.

Courses are a combination of lectures and practical work at historic sites and can be an integral part of working towards an NVQ Level 3 in Heritage Skills. Upon completion of the NVQ portfolio and assessment (within 12 months of registration) the candidate can apply for a CSCS Gold Card (increasingly necessary for Heritage contracts). SUP courses are targeted at more experienced workers. The 20 day SAP course is split into two separate blocks, both of which require attending to gain the qualification. Full programme here.

Neave Brown with Annalie Riches: A dialogue on home

27 April 2017

Neave Brown and Annalie Riches each present two housing schemes; their own homes and a public sector housing development for a comparison between their two generations. Keith Bradley, Senior Partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will chair the event.
All proceeds from the ticket sales go to the five charities: Coram, Article 25, Emthonjeni Trust, Multiple System Atrophy Trust and The Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust.

Find out more and book your ticket here…

Chinatowns as ethnoscapes – SCIBC Tourism & Heritage seminar

2 May 2017
Heriot-Watt University, Currie EH14 4AS

The Confucius Institute is celebrating the theming of 2017 as the Scottish Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology, and the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a seminar series exploring Scotland-China links in tourism and heritage management.

Chinatowns have become high-profile features of the post-industrial symbolic economy in many cities of Europe, North America and Australasia that have long been gateways to immigration and settlement. Their promotion as exoticized enclaves of consumption – positioned to attract high-yield international tourists and members of the majority culture – contrasts markedly with the marginalization and displacement of Chinatowns in former times. Observers have rightly highlighted the role of overseas Chinese entrepreneurs and business networks that regenerate local economies and revitalize neglected cityscapes. More recent research has considered more deeply the extent to which these co-ethnic agencies are embedded within the wider structures of the “host” society, the asymmetrical relations of power, articulation of the vision, negotiation, and outcomes: intended and otherwise. Despite superficial similarities such as architecture, street furniture, signage and other markers of Chineseness, longitudinal and comparative studies of Chinatowns in different cities and word-regions reveal a range of trajectories. The author welcomes discussion on alternative scenarios for historic Chinatowns in the years to come, including those that give greater emphasis to experimentation through creative exchange and fusion between Chinese and other contemporary cultures.

Find out more here…

Harlow New Towns Heritage

22 June 2017

Harlow celebrates its 70th birthday in 2017 and holds an important place in both the legacy and future of new towns.

We are delighted to invite you to a seminar exploring the potential of New Towns Heritage in Harlow. Elain Harwood will be providing the keynote presentation. An author, architect and senior heritage advisor with Heritage England, Elain has published widely on post-war architecture. She makes a compelling case for the innovation, ambition and social purpose that it represents. We are also pleased to welcome Dr Christine Hui Lan Manley, who completed her PhD on urban design and master planning in post-war new towns.

Harlow Council strongly supports this event and local stakeholders, particularly from Harlow Civic Society will be involved throughout.

Please register your initial interest to