Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Evaluation


15 June 2018


Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE

For over 2000 years London has been settled by traders, exiles and adventurers from overseas. The achievements of these individuals and their communities are reflected in the city’s buildings and monuments. Their craftsmen and artists underpin much of what we appreciate in London’s vibrancy today.

This conference looks at the role of international heritage in perceptions of London as a great world city. It explores our understanding of London’s past, its global appeal, the value of heritage in rooting communities and its potential for strengthening the city’s future.

The Heritage of London Trust’s Conservation Conference has been held every year since 1983 and is a unique occasion when all London local authorities are represented and the latest planning ideas and developments discussed.

Further details and bookings here>>

Clay building – hands-on day

28 July 2018
Venue:  Priorslynn Bothy, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway, DG14 0SY

The venue is an 18th-century, cruck-framed, mud-walled byre, a very important and rare survival. Details of the day are not yet finalised, but you will probably need to bring a packed lunch, and there might be a nominal charge for materials.

If you wish to attend, please contact Niall Logan at 

Rubble Wall Building Course

5 – 6 June 2018
Venue: Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

This practical two day course will equip you to set out, construct and finish a traditional rubble wall using a variety of building stones and traditional lime mortars. The importance of laying the stones correctly and the use of pinning stones will be emphasised so that no more than 30% of the volume of the wall is mortar!

The content of this workshop provides part of the underpinning knowledge required for assessment and accreditation of SQA National Unit 3 – ‘Conservation Masonry’.

Course suitability

This practical course is aimed at masonry contractors and those undertaking repair works to traditional masonry structures. You should be reasonably fit and able to lift 25kg safely. We are always happy to help learners choose the right course. Please click here to contact us or telephone 01383 872722 if you would like to discuss which course is suitable for you or your employees.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the construction of mass walls;
  • Understanding traditional building technology;
  • Understanding the importance of laying masonry units correctly with pinning stones to effect sound and weatherproof wall construction;
  • Understanding the range of binders, sands and aggregates for making traditional mortars including ‘hot’ lime mortars;
  • Ability to undertake accurate mixing of mortars for repeatability and cost effective work;
  • Understanding the setting characteristics of lime mortars
To book a place on this course, please click here, or call us on 01383 872722.


Workshop on Vernacular Balkan Architecture

14 – 27 July 2018
Dolen, Bulgaria

The Field School is comprised of:

  • Fieldwork in surveying & recording of vernacular architecture. In the course of the Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work on the analytical architectural documentation of Rhodopean architecture in the village of Dolen. They will be able to acquire skills in architectural documentation, material and historical research and analysis.
  • Specialized lectures on southeast European late medieval history, architectural typology, traditional building techniques and natural materials
  • Study visits to significant historical and natural sites in the Rhodopes and the Pirin mountains
  • Workshops in conservation and restoration of vernacular architecture – Building techniques and the specific use of materials in the Balkans have been developed by generations of craftsmen. Large bands of builders (called “tayfi”) used to travel across the Ottoman Empire, trading their craft. These groups applied their knowledge wherever they went, but they had to also conform to the wishes of their clients. Still, improving structural efficiency and spatial functionality were the main vectors of development for the building principles. During the workshops supervised by local craftsmen, specialized in the restoration of traditional architecture participants will be able to try working with different traditional building techniques and materials, characteristic to the region – wood, stone and clay

Application Deadline: May 25, 2018

Further information here>>