We provide skills training for those involved in the historic built environment. Our day courses can be used to improve existing skills, or will start your journey to becoming accredited in building conservation.

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You will have the opportunity to visit and learn in historic buildings in Jersey. At present these include Sans Souci, an early 19th Century town house in St Saviour (Andium Homes), 16 New Street, a 18th Century townhouse in St Helier (National Trust for Jersey), the Hospital Block, Elizabeth Castle, an early-mid 19th Century military building (Jersey Heritage) and La Ronde Porte, a 17th-19th Century farmstead in St Saviour (National Trust for Jersey). You will be taught by experts in their fields from both Jersey and the UK.

Courses are open to everyone –

  • Construction and Building Trades
  • Construction Professionals
  • Related Professions
  • Homeowners and anyone else who’s interested. There is no requirement to be already involved in construction.

Courses – 2024

Our spring courses (below) are now complete. We will be arranging further courses for 2024 over the coming months and information will be released as soon as we know more. We are really grateful to the Community Foundation for offering funding to develop our idea, so a big thank you to them. And thanks to all our course leaders and attendees this spring!

Retrofit for energy efficiency

Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April 2024, 2 days.

This course features both BSI PAS 2035 and PAS 2038, including examples of their use on traditional buildings, and is delivered by co-author of these standards Prof John Edwards, also lead author of BS7913 – the British Standard for work to traditional and historic buildings. You will receive a NOCN Level 3 Award subject to passing the exam.

Ouless Room, Jersey Museum, St Helier.
Course Leader: Prof John Edwards (Chartered Building Surveyor, Construction Manager and Environmentalist).
Cost: £495 + £96 NOCN registration fee (max no. 16).

Lime plaster, lath and plaster

Friday 19th April 2024, 1 day.

A practical course covering the mixing and application of lime plaster to lath, masonry, and modern substrates, which includes pricking up and base coats, float coats, and setting coats. Course participants may have practical plastering skills, however anyone interested in learning about plain lime plastering for their home or old building(s) is welcome.

Sans Souci, St Saviour and 16 New Street, St Helier.
Course leader: Sean Wheatley (practising plasterer and course leader for SPAB).
Cost £120 / trades £70 (max no. 12).

Surveying historic buildings

Wednesday 1st May 2024, 1 day.

The course will cover an introduction on site and in the classroom to the different skills needed for surveying historic buildings, the CARE register, and discussion.

Le Marinel, St John.
Course leader: Ed Morton (Structural Engineer accredited in building conservation).
Cost £150 (max no. 12).

Repairing historic joinery

Wednesday 15th May, 1 day.

This course includes the choice of appropriate materials, techniques for repairing historic joinery with the use of case studies, and discussion in the National Trust’s joinery workshop.

La Ronde Porte, St Saviour and The Elms, St Mary. 
Course leader: Dr Joseph Bispham FSA (Historic Building Advisor, Timber Frame and Historic Joinery Consultant).
Cost £120 / trades £70 (max no. 12).

Coming later in 2024

Damp in historic buildings
Windows in historic buildings
Paint and colour in historic buildings
Survey and digital capture of historic buildings

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