Getting our hands dirty

There’s no better way to learn than through practical experience, and one of the many perks of the SPAB Scholarship is that we get to try our hand at everything! Here’s just a few things that the ever-enthusiastic Henry has been turning his hand to over the last few weeks.

Henry tackles the drains with Nick Warns at Swaffham Church, Norfolk

It’s hardly glamorous but the regular maintenance of gutters and drains is often the first step in keeping an old building in good shape, especially as the British Summer weather is being true to form! As William Morris advised ‘stave off decay by daily care’. You can find advice and tips on basic maintenance by visiting our sister site Maintain Your Building.

SPAB Fellow Sam shows us the ropes at her workshop with Simon Armstrong at Wells Cathedral Masons

An important part of the Scholarship and Fellowship scheme is that Conservation professionals and craftsmen travel and work with each other, giving them an insight into the others’ practice and respect to last a lifetime of working together to help old buildings. This was a great chance for us to see Sam, and award-winning stonemason, at work on her home territory, the glorious Cathedral of Wells.

Henry has a go at Thatching with Tom Dunbar, of Dunbar & Bunce Master Thatchers.

A great chance to learn from Tom, who completed the SPAB Fellowship in 1999 and is the only thatcher so far to be a SPAB Fellow!

Stafford Holmes (co-author of ‘Building with Lime) imparts his knowledge of Lime at CAT

Henry just can’t stop working! Some time well spent at the Centre for Alternative Technology, an education and visitor centre which demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability, set in the heart of Wales.

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One thought on “Getting our hands dirty

  1. did anyone else stick their arms down that gulley or just poor Henry? and
    Why has Stafford grabbed the big spade?

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