Last week saw our busy trainers head over the water to deliver four day’s of practical ‘hands-on’ training for the professional staff of Northern Ireland’s Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities, at their depot in Co. Armagh, fabulously resourced with stone walls and structures for practising all manner of conservation techniques.
Nineteen professional staff made up of Architects and Archaeologists set about the day by building a simple limekiln, loading... it with limestone and coal and setting it on fire!
The following day they could appreciate the fruits of their labour by producing quicklime, which slaked very successfully. The mixture of theory and practical work saw the delegates turn their hands at making accurate and repeatable mortar mixes which they then used to repoint sections of masonry using the correct methods and techniques.
Here are some of the feedback comments we received:
“many thanks for such a worthwhile course”
“this is essential training for us as inspectors of historic monuments”
“I was very impressed with the content and delivery, the theory work was made very clear and understandable”
“the trainers were fantastic, open and engaging”
“fantastic opportunity to get this level of professional training delivered at an NI location – the Scottish Lime Centre Trust has justified its UK and European reputation as a Centre of Excellence”