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Workshop offers tips on maintenance of historic buildings

Published on Thursday, March 9, 2017

THE routine care and maintenance of old buildings will come under the spotlight at a workshop to be held in the heart of Leicester’s historic ‘Old Town’.

Leicester City Council has teamed up with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings to offer introductory courses looking at the care and repair of historic properties.

The workshop – called ‘Maintenance Matters!’ – will take place on Saturday, 18 March. It is aimed people with little or no experience in the maintenance of old buildings, and will look at the reasons why buildings decay along with practical checks and steps that people can take to keep old buildings in good condition.

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

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

This is the second heritage skills training workshop to be offered through the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative. Backed by £1.1milllion from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the five-year project is supporting the restoration and improvement of buildings in the historic ‘Old Town’ area.

Sophie Noon, city council project officer for the Townscape Heritage Initiative, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings on these beginners courses. Our first heritage skills workshop was very well-received, and this second course will offer useful advice and tips for anyone with an interest in maintaining old buildings.”

The 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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