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Course Programme

The courses are led by Sara Crofts, architect and Faith in Maintenance Project Director.

9.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome and introduction

10.15 Places of worship in context (local speaker)

  • An overview of historic places of worship in the local area
  • Traditional materials and building construction techniques

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Maintenance

  • What is maintenance?
  • Why do buildings decay?
  • Why is maintenance important?
  • What should we look for?

12.30 Lunch, opportunities for discussion and  bookshop

1.15 Managing maintenance

  • Managing the routine care of historic places of worship
  • Understanding the role of professional inspections and reports
  • Managing relationships with professionals, contractors and specialists

1.40 Staying safe

  • Including risk assessments, working at height and fire safety etc.

2.00 Practical observation exercise (in two groups)

  • Looking at the building element by element, inside and outside, to identify vulnerable areas of the fabric of the building and maintenance issues

3.00 Tea

3.15 Question and answer session

  • An opportunity to ask about the care and repair of places of worship (Sara Crofts and others)

4.00 Depart

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