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Traditional building skills and building conservation courses

15 November 2016

Place Services at Essex County Council run a Traditional Building Skills and Conservation Courses and Lectures programme.

The programme this year has been designed to enable conservation and building professionals, contractors, general builders, and the owners and managers of historic buildings and sites, the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in the technical and practical issues involved in the conservation management and repair of historic buildings and the wider historic environment.

All our courses and lectures are delivered by leading craftsmen and experts in their specialist fields.

Our CPD lectures continue to be run from the magnificent Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree in Essex. New subjects for this year include the conservation of ruins, heritage interpretation, and managing the relationship between trees and historic buildings.

Practical, ‘hands on’ courses are either workshop-based, or run from ‘live’ projects on historic buildings. This year we have a fantastic new venue in Suffolk for our timber frame repair course, and we will be providing the rare opportunity to learn historic brickwork repair skills on a 19th century windmill in Essex.

We are also excited to be hosting a day conference on designed landscapes in Essex, to be held at Audley End as part of the national Capability Brown Festival 2016, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, and in recognition of the important role that livestock have in the traditional management of historic landscapes, we have teamed up with the Essex Grazing Project to offer a course on the management of livestock for conservation grazing.

Please check the event pages for the most up to date details on the courses and lectures we offer.

Financial assistance

There are a number of free places fully funded by the City & Country Group Bursary Scheme.

Bursaries are available to trainees, self-employed workers and anyone who is embarking on a career in traditional building skills. For further details email