With the world of building conservation becoming increasingly complex, building conservation practice should be based on a thorough understanding of the practical, theoretical and philosophical issues involved. A working knowledge of the materials, their characteristics and performance in use is critical to the selection of appropriate conservation procedures.
Where work is carried to historic buildings the expectation is for the highest quality of execution. All too often compromise solutions are adopted using modern materials and thinking as “the safe alternative”, usually because traditional skills have been lost, or are considered too difficult or expensive to carry out and the dangerous implications of the modern approach are frequently not realized until it is too late.
This intense 5 and half day course has been designed with a blend of classroom, site visits, demonstrations and case study sessions in order to promote the depth of understanding necessary to work with different materials and techniques. For practitioners it provides the opportunity to understand the theory behind traditional materials and to carry out conservation procedures successfully. Professional and technical personnel will gain a greater understanding of the issues involved, the quality of work achievable and be able to specify and oversee conservation work with confidence.
Course leaders Keith Blades and John Silburn each have over 40 years experience in the Conservation field. Both gained their conservation training internationally, John at ICCROM in Rome and Keith at the University of York, in England. Both place great importance on the blend of a practical and theoretical approach to conservation issues in their respective practices. John is a Conservation Engineer and Keith a Consultant/Conservator. Both remain active in the Conservation field and have lectured extensively at Colleges, Universities, Trade Schools and organisations such as APT. They will be joined by guest lecturers John Donaldson, a geologist; Philip Hoad, speaking on Terra Cotta; a Conservator and Mortar Testing Specialist.
This course and format has proven to be very well received where it has been delivered previously at Willowbank in 2011 and the University of Victoria, as a part of the Cultural Management Program in 2010. Past courses have attracted Project Managers, Craftsmen, Architects and Engineers, Estimators, Conservation Contractors, Archeologists, Program Managers, Specifiers and Conservators.
Day 1Introduction to conservation decision-makingMasonry Materials: StoneTerra CottaMortars, plasters, rendersConcrete, cast stoneDeterioration mechanisms in masonryDay 2Masonry in context: Masonry assembliesStructural issuesSite inspectionsDiagnosis / analysis / testingSite VisitDay 3Repair Strategies: OverviewStructural interventionsMasonry cleaningWorkshops: Cleaning Mortars and pointingSite VisitDay 4Workshop: Mortars and pointing RepairStrategies: Replacement Surface RepairsWorkshop: Surface repair techniquesDay 5Repair Strategies Surface TreatmentsCase studies (in groups) Participant exercisesGroup review and discussionsDay 6Conservation Process: Contractual issuesDocumentationMaintenanceSkills and trainingFinal DiscussionsEvaluation
An evening reception will be hosted at Willowbank on Monday, July 15, 5 - 7 pm.
Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided for the duration of the course. Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions.