Building conservation masterclass

Conservation and Repair of Brick and Flint Masonry with Catherine Woolfitt, Emma Simpson and Lynn Mathias

Ref: B3D10062

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About this course

This course provides an understanding of, and basic skills in, the conservation and repair of traditional brick and flint masonry.

The starting point is an understanding of the nature and characteristics of the materials. A range of brick and flint buildings will be studied to illustrate methods of construction, common failures and decay processes. Common problems, including poor practices, will be identified and solutions investigated. Methods of repair, joint treatments and cleaning relevant to brick, including gauged brick and flint, will be discussed and form part of the practical sessions.

The course aims to establish a firm appreciation of the importance and quality of brick and flint as masonry materials and to show how to assess the condition of walls, prepare the repair schedule and specification, and carry out the correct remedial work to a high standard. A visit to look at the brick and flint buildings of Chichester is included.


Catherine Woolfitt

Catherine Woolfitt ACR MCIfA MA Classics MA Art Conservation - Subject Leader Historic Building Conservation and Repair

Catherine Woolfitt is an archaeologist and architectural conservator and has worked in the conservation of the built heritage since 1993. With wide-ranging work experience in Italy, Israel and the UK, her experience bridges the museum, object, and building conservation sectors. 

Emma Simpson

Emma Simpson is a brick conservator and Principal of Simpson Brickwork Conservation Ltd.

Lynn Mathias

BCM Course Leader - Lynn Mathias is the Principal of Mathias Restoration Ltd and has worked with brick and flint in the conservation sector for over 30 years. He learned many of his skills and techniques from his father while also gaining a City and Guilds qualification.


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

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