Children enjoying a lime mortar taster day
Children enjoying a lime mortar taster day © Historic England
Children enjoying a lime mortar taster day © Historic England

Traditional Building Skills

Historic buildings are special. A wealth of traditional skills went in to their construction. They use different materials and building techniques to modern buildings, so their repair draws on an array of specialist crafts techniques. It’s vital that these skills are passed on so buildings can be repaired with the skill and attention they deserve and in ways which don't harm them.

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How we're promoting training in traditional skills

Timber, terracotta, clay dabbins and stone slate roofing are just some of the traditional materials characteristic of the North West.

Tradespeople say they find historic buildings highly rewarding to work on. Historic England North West is promoting training in traditional building skills to help the next wave of heritage workers to learn about how they can get involved in these specialisms and get skilled-up.

The following web pages provide useful information:

How including traditional skills training could help your grant application

If you are applying for a Historic England grant, have you thought about adding value to the repair project by incorporating an element of traditional building skills training?

Please see our leaflet 'Traditional Building Skills: preserving the knowledge' for information and ideas on how you can do this and where you can find out more, as well as our web page Building Skills and Training in to Conservation Projects.

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