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Workshops will ‘demystify’ care and maintenance of historic buildings

Published on Thursday, November 3, 2016

PEOPLE who live or work in historic buildings can find out more about the routine care and maintenance of their properties at two workshops.

Leicester City Council has teamed up with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings to offer the introductory courses.

The first workshop – called ‘Living with your old building' – runs on Thursday, 10 November. It is aimed at anyone who wants to learn about the maintenance and upkeep of old properties, build a better understanding of the legal framework relating to historic buildings and pick up some tips on how to work with building restoration professionals.

It takes place at the King Richard III Visitor Centre, and runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

A second workshop, which will explore the routine care of old buildings in more depth, will run on Saturday, 18 March, 2017.

Each course costs £40 per person, and may be offered free of charge to people living or working in the Greyfriars area.

The scheme is subsidised through the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative. Backed by £1.1milllion from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the five-year programme will support the restoration and improvement of buildings in the Greyfriars conservation area.

Sophie Noon, city council project officer for the Townscape Heritage Initiative, said: “People who live or work in historic buildings can often be daunted by the prospect of carrying work on their properties.

“We’re really pleased to be working with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings on this beginners courses, which we hope will help demystify and take some of the worry out of the care and maintenance of heritage buildings.”

Both courses are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation which represents conservation professionals in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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