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Historic Building workshop, A rare opportunity to see historic building conservation in action, Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham – SOLD OUT

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Historic Building workshop, A rare opportunity to see historic building conservation in action, Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham – SOLD OUT

February 20, 2020, 09:00 - 17:00

Historic Building workshop – SOLD OUT

A rare opportunity to see historic building conservation in action

Date: 20 February 2020

When: 0900 – 1700

Where: Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham

Cost:  £125.00 plus VAT (£150.00) to include seminar proceedings, all refreshments, lunch, entrance to Wentworth Woodhouse and comprehensive delegate pack

The day’s course will consider in depth the following aspects of historic building conservation and the care and repair of the heritage.

Historic Roof Coverings

  • Slate, 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.

Historic Interiors

  • The conservation of internal decorative features, particularly plasterwork.

The venue is thought to be the largest country house of the 18th century.  The classical east front is over 600 feet long and the building covers over 3 acres. The house, gardens and the core of the historic estate were purchased by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust in 2017 to save it from dereliction and bring it into the public domain. It contains 22 listed buildings and structures, including 3 Grade 1 and 4 grade 2*, all of which require major repairs. The house contains more grand 18th century state rooms than any other country house in England and the magnificent Marble Saloon 60feet square by 40feet high rivals in grandeur any interior of the 18th century.

At the moment the central section of the east front of the house is undergoing a major roof renovation and is cloaked in over 35 miles of scaffold poles supporting a huge temporary roof. This is part of a 25 year programme of conservation and repair which will bring the house and associated buildings up to a reasonable condition and beneficial use.

The day will include a formal Power Point presentation on site in the morning, followed by the opportunity of viewing first-hand the roof repairs and hearing about the project from the site manager. The afternoon will include a conducted tour of some of the best of the 18th century state rooms, a number of which are awaiting conservation.


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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Wentworth Woodhouse
Cortworth Lane
Wentworth, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S62 7TQ