Heritage Skills,

is the name of the newly formed training academy for the North West of England. It has been set up in order to provide appropriate training and education in building conservation skills that focuses on a number of key areas;

1. The future delivery of Heritage Skills qualification for a range of building crafts including brickwork, stonework, roofwork, plasterwork and carpentry.

2. The provision of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for heritage based professionals including architects, surveyors, planners and conservation officers etc. The aim here is to improve the specification and inspection of heritage works by providing them with the key knowledge.

3. Introductory courses in historic building crafts for listed building owners, built environment students and members of the public who have an interest in such skills and may wish to carry out minor repairs to their property


The Courses at Heritage Skills

Initially Heritage Skills will aim to develop short courses in the core craft areas of historic building conservation such as; the preparation and use of lime mortar, masonry repairs, timber repairs, lime plastering and rendering and repairs to historic roof coverings. These areas will later be developed in the future.

Later developments will include the making of and repairs to stained glass windows, the conservation and repair of historic ironwork, the conservation of historic interiors including historic paintwork, historic wallpapers and graining and marbling and finally furniture restoration.

A key benefit of building conservation is one of sustainability by the use and conservation of the existing built fabric. As such Heritage Skills also aims to develop education and training in traditional sustainable building technologies such as straw bale building, rammed earth, cob wall, thatching and dry stone walling, along with the construction of traditional timber framed buildings such as the box frame and the cruck frame.


The North West’s heritage buildings and monuments are important to us all.
Just stop for a minute and look around!

These beautiful buildings and monuments give us a regional identity and some of them have worldwide recognition.

The correct conservation, maintenance, repair and restoration of these buildings and monuments..

Register Your Interest

The North West Heritage Skills Academy courses focus on the future delivery of the qualification for a range of building crafts including brickwork, stonework, roofwork, plasterwork and carpentry using traditional skills and techniques.
Please see our courses links in the menu above to choose a subject you are interested in and register your interest from the page.