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See Heritage Skills in Action at St Andrew’s Church, Wroxeter (25th April 2017)

See Heritage Skills in Action at St Andrew’s Church, Wroxeter

On Wednesday 24th May, The Churches Conservation Trust in conjunction with specialist tradespeople will host a free Conservation Craft Skills Open Day at St Andrew’s Church, Wroxeter. Join us from 10.30am to 4.00pm to find out about the specialist traditional skills used to maintain the 350 churches cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.

Practical demonstrations will focus on the repair techniques and skills required to maintain Wroxeter and the rest our incredible estate. Expert conservators and craftspeople will be on hand to explain and demonstrate their skills, and to highlight their importance in the on-going maintenance and repair of our historic churches.

The day is free to attend and open to all who are interested in the practical skills involved in heritage conservation. There will be the opportunity to have a go yourself, so come prepared to get your hands dirty!

Subject areas that will be covered include:

• Stained and leaded glass repair with conservator Elizabeth Hippisley-Cox.

• Lime cycle, including slaking and application, with Nigel Copsey of Earth Stone & Lime Company and Associates.

• Historic building conservation with consultant Tim Ratcliffe.

• Timber framed construction with Simon Harper of the Shropshire Oak Carpentry Company.

• Church maintenance with Jamie McNamara, Estate Officer at The Churches Conservation Trust.

Jamie McNamara, Estate Officer at The Churches Conservation Trust, said: “The Churches Conservation Trust carries out an extensive programme of conservation and repair on the special buildings in our care. We are committed to ensuring that the traditional craft skills passed down from generation to generation over centuries do not die out. Open days like this one are a fantastic introduction to practical conservation techniques, and an important part of safeguarding their long-term future.”

The skills day is free to attend, but booking is essential. To reserve your place, please contact Jessica Robertson, Marketing Officer at The Churches Conservation Trust, on 0113 244 1689 or jrobertson@thecct.org.uk

The day will run from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Visitors are welcome to stay for the whole day or to drop in between those times. Tea and coffee will be provided, but we ask that you bring your own packed lunch.