Our series of courses and seminars provide training and technical skills in the repair and maintenance of historic and traditionally built structures. They are aimed at people wishing to upskill, train or develop practical knowledge in the field of the historic built environment, including architects, surveyors, planners, project managers and supervisors, and anyone with a general interest in historic buildings and materials.

Most courses and seminars take place over one day, and consist of a mixture of lectures and practical demonstrations, sometimes including a site visit in Dublin city centre to inspect conservation works in progress.

Courses are rated for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and The Society of Chartered Surveyors, and most events are considered applicable for CPD by other professional bodies. All participants are issued with a certificate of attendance following each seminar.

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Course topics and themes

Structural upgrading

Structural Repair of Historic Buildings

Historic Ironwork - History, Identification & Repair

Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

Traditional Windows - History, Repair and Thermal Upgrading

Structural Repairs to Derelict and Ruined Structures

Timber Decay & Damp in Historic Buildings

Historic Decorative Finishes - History, Repair and Reinstatement

Wallpaper in Ireland - History and Conservation

Historic Plaster in Ireland - Walls, Ceilings and Decorative Work

Historic Brickwork - History, Repair, Jointing and Pointing

Fanlights - History, Repair and Maintenance

Traditional Roofing - History, Repair and Conservation

Stonework in Historic Buildings - Repair and Cleaning

Mechanical and Electrical Installations in Historic Buildings

Planning Legislation - Protected Structures & Architectural Conservation Areas

Course leaders and speakers

Ian Hume, former Chief Engineer, Historic England 

Dr Gerald Lynch, Master Bricklayer

Peter Lawson Smith, OBE

Dr Brian Ridout, Ridout Associates

Edward Byrne, Traditional Lime Company

Nicki Matthews, Conservation Officer, Dublin City Council

Richard Ireland, Historic Decorative Plaster, Paint & Finishes Expert

Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation, Historic Environment Scotland

Sven Habermann, Manager, Conservation-Letterfrack

Chris Wood, Historic England

Contractors including MacLyn Conservation Joinery and Lambstongue

Programme of events 2017

We will be using out flagship new building conservation project at 18 Ormond Quay Upper in Dublin city centre as a centre of demonstration and learning over the course of 2017-2018.

In this prominently located historic house overlooking the river Liffey, we will be exploring traditional materials and construction, historic design elements and features, and conservation and repair techniques. This will include roofing, plasterwork, joinery and the integration of modern services.

We will be launching our programme of events later in the year. In the meantime, sign up to our newsletter and keep an eye out for social media feeds.