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Historic Building workshop, Historic roof coverings and the use of traditional materials and methods, East Grinstead Sports Club & Standen House

October 12, 2018, 09:00 - 17:00


Historic Building workshops

Historic  roof coverings and the use of traditional materials and methods

Date: Friday 12 October 2018

When: 0900 – 1700
Where: East Grinstead Sports Club and Standen House
Cost:  £125.00 plus VAT (£150.00) to include seminar proceedings, all refreshments, lunch, entry to the house and comprehensive delegate pack

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

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  • The range of historic roof coverings and the problems of decay and methods or repair
  • This historic fabric of Standen House. How it reflects the growing trend towards the use of traditional materials and arts and crafts at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries


Main themes for the morning session

Historic Roof Coverings and their care and repair

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  • Thatch, problems of decay, selection of materials, fire and fire mitigation.
  • Shingle, decay and repair including selection of materials.
  • Tile, history, manufacture, problems of decay and repair.
  • Slate, Metamorphic and stone, history and quarrying, problems of failure, selection of materials and repair.
  • Lead, flashings and lead sheet, problems including under sheet corrosion, acid attack, correct detailing and installation.
  • Other sheet materials and rainwater disposal.
  • Chimney pots and roofscape


The afternoon session

The afternoon venue has been carefully chosen as Standen House illustrate the renewed interest at the end of the 19th century in arts and crafts. The house was constructed between 1892 & 1894 and was designed by Philip Webb for James Beale and his family. Webb was one of the main pioneers of the Arts & Crafts movement in this country and a founder member of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). He was also instrumental in the foundation of the National Trust and inspired and encouraged a generation of Arts & Crafts architects, designers and craftsmen. The house was constructed using local materials and displays many Arts and Crafts Features. The interior finishes and furnishings are some of the best surviving products of William Morris and his friends in the Arts & Crafts Movement and set the style and standards for the Edwardian period. The house was left to the National Trust in 1972 and now attracts over 80,000 visitors per year.


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.

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East Grinstead Sports Club
Saint Hill
East Grinstead, Sussex RH19 4JU United Kingdom


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