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 high standard. A visit to look at the brick and flint buildings of Chichester is included. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.