Category Archives: IHBC Area of competence – Intervention

Traditional Buildings – Materials and Skills

 21 September 2018

This conference includes presentations and exhibitors on traditional building materials including stone, mortar, timber, metals and glass and will conclude with a case study of the recently completed Inverness Town House repair project.

This event is being jointly sponsored by CIOB, RIAS, RICS & CITB.

Further details HERE and bookings HERE

Intermediate Stone Carving & Lettering Course

30 July – 1 August 2018
Location: Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd, The Training Centre, Thorp Perrow, Bedale, DL8 2PR

About this event

The intermediate carving course follows on from our introduction course.

You will be able to tackle more free-form work to produce an art piece.

You will be able to prepare, carve and cut letters for any purpose.

How to book

3 Day Course – £295 +VAT (light lunch and refreshments included)
To Book: Telephone 01677 422289 or email

Gloucester Stone Carving Festival, Llanthony Secunda Priory 25-27 August

25-27 August 2018
Llanthony Secunda Priory 

Carrie Horwood of Cat’s Eye Carving is once again organising this years stone carving festival in Gloucester.

With work progressing well at Llanthony Secunda Priory, where the festival will be held, there will be plenty to celebrate during the August bank holiday as the site becomes ready to welcome visitors as an historic attraction.

Carrie hopes to attract more than 20 stonemasons and carvers to take part in the contest. They will have the opportunity to carve some of the original stone taken from the old stable block of the Priory during the recent renovation work (carried out with the help of £3million from the Heritage Lottery Fund) as well as newly quarried Cotswold stone.

The theme this year is mythical creatures. Carrie herself plans to carve a beastie as a raffle prize.

The carvers will have Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning to complete their creations before offering them up for the grand live auction on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

If you are an accomplished mason or carver wanting to take part, or a trader who would like to have a stall at the event, email Carrie on

Further details here>>


Docomomo: One-day Seminar on Tower Blocks

7 July 2018

Tower blocks have had a chequered history and their survival in the UK remains uncertain. In this one-day event, we look at their history, their changing technical characteristics, the reception of them by residents and the public, the maintenance and upkeep of them by their owners, their safety and their prospects for the future.

Among our speakers will be:

  • Professor Stefan Muthesius, co-author with Miles Glendinning of Towers for the Welfare State (published by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies);
  • Emma Dent Coad, MP for Kensington, former member of the tenant management association that oversaw Grenfell Tower, and member of the Docomomo Working Party;
  • Ian Abley, a specialist in construction detailing, compliance, snagging, and the requirements of façade, structural and services engineers;
  • Asterios Agkathidis of Liverpool University, a specialist in sustainable retrofit;and others.

For more info please go to:

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Digital Heritage in Conservation

These three one-day courses are an ideal introduction to Digital Heritage in Conservation. The courses are designed to complement each other, but can also be taken as standalone units.

An Introduction to Computer Applications for Conservators and Museum Professionals – Monday 25th June 2018

Although computational techniques proved to be particularly useful for conservation recording and documentation, decision making, restoration and presentation, there are limited opportunities for training. This course provides an introduction for conservators and museum professionals with little or no background in computer applications, with main emphasis on digital recording strategies, virtual reconstruction/digital restoration, 3D fabrication and online dissemination tools, platforms and useful software. It combines theoretical approaches to digital techniques in conservation, practical skills for the best use of computational tools and technical skills for beginners. The course will clarify the use and applications, advantages and limitations of each digital recording technique, focusing on examples covering a wide variety of artefacts types and materials as well as intangible cultural heritage. The basic concepts of 3D modelling, and the most commonly used tools for digital restoration and virtual reconstruction projects will be presented. The applications of 3D fabrication, including replication and storage/preventive conservation, gap filling/ remedial treatment will be explained. Web publication tools and platforms for sharing and accessing useful information and visuals will be presented.

Standard fee: £150 Student fee: £120

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) – Tuesday 26th June 2018

The surface topography of objects is key for understanding their material characteristics, asses their state of preservation, reveal hidden details and explore how they were made and used in the past. RTI is being used for recording texture and colour and revealing surface morphology. It produces interactive relighting files particularly useful for documentation, condition assessment and monitoring, presentation and online dissemination.

The theoretical part of this short course will explain the fundamental concepts, including instrumentation, data acquisition strategies, processing pipelines, viewing software and web publication tools, referring to characteristic examples and applications. During the practical part, participants will get hands-on experience by performing highlight data capture, processing, viewing and online publication. Participants can RTI visualise objects of their choice.

Standard fee: £300 Student fee: £240

Photogrammetry – Wednesday 27th June 2018

3D digitisation is increasingly being used for preservation, analysis and presentation of cultural heritage. 3D models provide enhanced options for documentation, public engagement, preventive conservation, remedial restoration and research. The theoretical part of this short course will provide an overview of theoretical background, principles and instrumentation, as well as characteristic examples and applications of 3D digitisation in cultural heritage. During the demonstration participants will become familiar with capturing, processing pipelines using commercial software for 3D digitisation from 2D images.

Standard fee: £250 Student fee: £200

If you wish to book onto all three courses we offer a discounted rate with a standard fee of £500, and student fee of £400.


Two bursaries are available for this course. Students, early career professionals and researchers are eligible to apply. The online bursary application form is available here. The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th June 2018. The bursary covers registration fees and refreshments. For further information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Further information here>>