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Practical Building Conservation  


Module leader: Louise Cooke

Module Overview

This module will provide an introduction to conservation techniques for vernacular buildings and traditional construction materials.

The practical work in the 2nd and 3rd sessions will involve work with a range of vernacular building materials including stone, earth, lime and wood. Alongside practical work students will be introduced to the relevant literature and gain an understanding of the issues associated with practical conservation work. Alongside the practical hands-on sessions, group work will also involve collaborative research on a traditional building material. 


  • To gain an understanding of the principles and practice of historic buildings conservation
  • To enable students to develop practical and team-working skills
  • To enable students to work with buildings conservation practitioners

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should:

  • Be familiar with the principles and processes of historic buildings conservation, as applied in the context of traditional and sustainable buildings skills in North Yorkshire
  • Understand the problems faced by historic vernacular buildings
  • Be aware of a range of conservation solutions relating to the use of traditional and sustainable building materials

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