Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative Training and Learning Opportunities- NEW EVENTS ADDED

Find out more about exciting learning opportunities relating to the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rossendale Borough Council, the Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative is a five year regeneration programme that includes property improvement, public realm enhancement and community engagement events.

Focussing on Bacup’s unique built and cultural heritage, the Initiative also includes funding to support learning and training opportunities on a range of subjects. From skilled tradesmen who would like to learn more about heritage techniques to residents and property owners who would like to find out more about their own buildings there are plenty of engaging and useful learning opportunities on offer all free of charge. The learning programme will be delivered in partnership with Accrington & Rossendale College, Alan Gardner Associates, Rossendale Civic Trust, Sympathetic Works and UCLAN.

The text below outlines the courses that will be on offer in Bacup and Rossendale during 2015. Booking is essential to secure a place on any of these courses. E-mail to express an interest

Researching your Building’s History

10th September 2015 10am-4pm

This session is targeted at building owners and community groups and introduces a range of rapid techniques in amassing evidence on the history of buildings. Lunch will be provided.  

The course will include an introduction to the physical inspection and interpretation of historic buildings alongside an overview of the various sources of documentary evidence that can assist with research.

Sash Window Repair

2nd October  2015- 10am- 4pm Venue: Accrington & Rossendale College

This session is for craftspeople and professionals with practical experience and ability in window installation and repair. Lunch will be provided.

The morning of the course will be a discussion covering conservation principles; traditional building methods and materials; period and vernacular window styles; how a sash window works; the relative merits of sash windows and double glazed units; and methods of repair.

The afternoon session will be practical and hands- on covering identification of necessary repairs and the method and materials.

Managing and Conserving Local Heritage

14th October 2015 10am- 4pm

This session is targeted at craftspeople, professionals, building owners, residents and community groups. Lunch will be provided.

The session will focus on the impacts of criminal and unauthorised activity on heritage buildings and how property owners and the wider community can address these issues.

The session will help to raise awareness of local heritage structures and features and how these can be irreversibly damaged through criminal and other insensitive activity.

Using targeted case studies to assist this process, the course will focus on:

  • Raising awareness of heritage crime and its consequences, and discussing ways to tackle this;
  • Encouraging local interest and involvement in heritage features;
  • and looking at positive ways to be involved in conservation and management




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