Building conservation masterclass

Mortars for Repair and Conservation with Catherine Woolfitt and Colin Burns

Ref: BC3D222

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This course includes a detailed study of traditional mortars, including a brief history of their use, investigation and basic analytical techniques, and the recognition and diagnosis of typical failures. Appropriate mortars for a range of masonry conditions, exposures and durabilities are described and demonstrated. Repair techniques, including mixing, placing and curing, together with specifications and costings for remedial works, are considered. There is practical instruction and exercises using the Ruinette. 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.


Catherine Woolfitt

Catherine Woolfitt - BCM Course Leader

Catherine is an archaeologist, conservator, and director of Catherine Woolfitt Associates Ltd, providing consultancy services in the conservation of the built heritage, including ancient monuments and sculpture.

Colin Burns

Colin Burns - BCM Course Leader

Colin is a Master Mason and Consultant in the conservation and repair of historic buildings. From 1980 to 1989 he was the Senior Training Officer at English Heritage.


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