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Historic Building workshop, Avoncroft, Birmingham

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Historic Building workshop, Avoncroft, Birmingham

July 12 @ 09:00 - 17:00


Historic Building workshops

Date: Friday 12 July

When: 0900 – 1700
Where: Avoncroft Historic Building Museum
Cost:  £125.00 plus VAT (£150.00) to include seminar proceedings, all refreshments, lunch, entry to the hall and comprehensive delegate pack

The day’s course will consider in depth three aspects of building conservation.

  • The care and repair of historic timber frames and roof structures
  • Thatch and Tile.
  • Problems of decay and methods of repair

The venue has been carefully chosen as Avoncroft Museum is a collection of vernacular buildings which have been rescued from destruction and transferred to this site. They reflect local materials and methods of construction from the medieval period to the 20th century. The day will concentrate on timber frame construction and roofing using thatch and tile. The day will include formal Power Point presentations, material handling sessions and first hand observations of the buildings. The morning’s presentations will be based in the 16th century String of Horses building where we will also have lunch. The afternoon will be spent looking at the various buildings in the museum so come suitably dressed for the weather conditions of the day.

Main Themes

The History and Development of Historic Timber Frames and Roof Structures


  • The historic development of timber frames and roof structures from the medieval period to the 19th century
  • Causes of decay and failure including mechanical failure, rot and insect attack.
  • Approach to structural repairs, selection and use of materials and techniques.
  • Case Studies

 Historic roof coverings

  • Thatch, problems of decay, selection of materials, fire and fire mitigation.
  • Tile, history, manufacture, problems of decay and repair.

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

The museum was founded in 1962 after a campaign by local people to prevent the destruction of local historic buildings. It opened to the public in 1967 with the medieval town house being its first exhibit. Since then over 30 buildings have been rescued and re-erected on site. They include medieval barns and later agricultural buildings, domestic buildings of various periods including a 20th century prefab and rural industrial/craft buildings. Many reflect local trades and industries of the 18th and 19th centuries including nail and chain making and there is also a restored windmill on site. The process of dismantling and rebuilding structures has enabled a better understanding of historic constructional techniques and the use of traditional materials. It has also enabled the developing and testing of conservation approaches and methods which are now becoming applicable in the renovation of our stock of heritage buildings.

Kevin Stubbs BA(Hons)  DipBldgCons(AA)  IHBC   CertEd
Kevin Stubbs is a Historic Buildings Consultant and comes with a background of education, archaeology and building conservation. He was Director of Archaeology for the Test Valley in Hampshire and later moved to Hampshire County Council to join the Historic Buildings Bureau, where he became the Principal Buildings Conservation Officer for the County. For eleven years he acted as the Director of a Conservation Centre and now runs his own Historic Building Consultancy and Training Company.

He advises on the repair and maintenance of all historic structures and provides training at all levels for the building conservation industry.  This includes the development of historic building technology, traditional materials and hands-on craft training.  Work for Local Government Authorities includes Conservation Area appraisals, historic building condition surveys and feasibility studies.  He has provided training exercises with local communities to raise awareness of their village plans and local heritage interpretation documents and he has provided Traditional Skills Awareness Courses for a number of bodies. He undertakes the Historic Analysis of buildings and produces: Statements of Significance; Method Statements; Impact Assessments and Specifications for the repair and conservation of traditional buildings.

He lectures for various CPD providers, Universities and national building conservation organizations including SPAB, RICS and the Weald and Downland Museum.  Topics include: Bricks and Mortar; Lime, Plasters and Renders; Cob and Earth, Timber Frame and Stone Structures and Traditional Roofing.

You can book online below with a credit/debit card, to enter names of delegates if the booking is not for yourself please use the note field

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July 12
09:00 - 17:00
Event Category:


CPD Essentials
07429 523183


Avoncroft Museum
Stoke Heath,
Bromsgrove, B60 4JR United Kingdom

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