Building conservation masterclass

Conservation and Repair of Plasters and Renders with David Odgers

Ref: B3D08214


About this course

This course will provide an understanding of, and basic skills in, the conservation and replication of traditional internal and external plaster.

The starting point will be the recognition and identification of the problems and failures encountered in external rendering and internal and external plaster, ranging from cracking and loss of bond to wholesale failures. A range of casework from Saxon plaster to early twentieth century stucco will be studied. Techniques of inspection, recording and analysis will be taught in conjunction with practical exercises directed towards repair, conservation and replication of both plain and moulded materials. For in situ work, methods of securing and stabilising failing plaster by supporting, pinning, refixing and grouting will be explained, demonstrated and practised, together with techniques of cleaning and consolidation. Advice will be given on specification and costing for remedial work.

There is the opportunity for informal discussion during the evenings.

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.


David Odgers

BCM Course Leader

David is Director of Odgers Conservation Consultants who provide support, advice and training for clients, architects, surveyors, local authorities and others involved in the conservation of historic structures.


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

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