Building conservation masterclass

Conservation and Repair of Slate and Stone Roofing with Terry Hughes

Ref: B3D08213


About this course

This course covers the history of traditional slate and stone roofing but mainly concentrates on their conservation and repair.

The starting point is an understanding of how roofs work, the different materials used, including regional variations and methods of construction. Modern codes of practice and standards are covered, along with practical demonstrations and hands-on work in making and preparing slates and mortar and their application to roofs, including setting out, recording and the construction of both random and single-sized roofs. The course will be supplemented by films and practical sessions on surveying old roofs, traditional detailing, writing specifications and finding sources of information.

For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or

The Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair (PDD Building Cons) can be achieved through the successful completion of 10 BCMs and the submission of a final 3,000-word portfolio. For more information about the Diploma please contact the Course Organiser, as above.


Terry Hughes

Terry Hughes - BCM Course Leader

Terry is a Fellow of the Institute of Roofing and has experience of the slate industry worldwide including 15 years at Penrhyn quarry in Gwynedd. He is past chairman of the BSI and European (CEN) technical committees for roofing slates and a member of the Code of Practice committees for Slating and Tiling. He founded and chairs the Stone Roofing Association.

His publications include reports on roofing slate in ten countries and stone roofing throughout Britain. His research as a consultant for English Heritage over 13 years was published in 2003 in their Research Transactions: Stone Roofing. He is the author of many technical publications on slate and stone roofing and was the main contributor to the chapters on these roof types in English Heritage's Practical Building Conservation: Roofing.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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