New craft skills and conservation courses in Gloucestershire announced

The courses run from 7 to 11 April 2014 and will encompass traditional craft building skills such as pointing, flashing, masonry repairs, lime washing and leadwork.

Each course lasts five days, and delegates can also join the craft skills courses on a daily or week-long basis. The courses cost £35 for the week or £7 per day. Each course is led by specialist craftspeople and conservationists and will provide demonstrations, tuition and hands-on practise.

Dr Neil Rushton, Conservation Project Manager at The Churches Conservation Trust, says, “Craft building skills are incredibly important to the conservation of England’s extraordinary historic buildings. These courses will provide practical experience to the next generation of artisans and craft people under the guidance of expert tutors, while also supporting the conservation of a beautiful 12th-century, Grade I listed church.”

Specialist art conservators will also be on-site for the duration of these open sessions, to conserve the historic wall paintings that adorn All Saints' church.

On Saturday 12 April there will also be a chance for the public to get involved, with a Conservation Open Day at the church featuring tours, presentations and craft skills demonstrations.

The courses take place at All Saints Church, Shorncote, Nr Circencester, GL7 6DE.  To find out more or to attend contact Hilary Menendez on [email protected].