This module will provide an introduction to the practical conservation of traditional, vernacular buildings. Students will understand the common problems and issues faced by historic vernacular buildings by reflecting on past repair approaches and their consequences (both good and bad). Students will develop awareness of current best practices in planning conservation for traditional and sustainable buildings and associated materials.
Students say they enjoy learning about traditional building methods, and that the practice and teamwork improves their knowledge of the nature of traditional construction and use of materials.
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To provide 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
By the end of the 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
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
Students will also have:
Applied historic buildings analysis and problem-solving skills to a vernacular building
Practised a range of traditional conservation skills including where relevant, the repair of roofs (pantile and mortar repairs), earth and lime plastering / pointing and masonry repairs in the conservation of an historic building
Worked effectively as a team
Developed time management, risk assessment, and project management skills
Understood how buildings conservation skills relate to other areas of academic study (Historic Buildings analysis, Interpreting historic buildings, Conservation philosophy, Field Archaeology)
This module will provide an introduction to the practical conservation of traditional, vernacular buildings. Students will understand the common problems and issues faced by historic vernacular buildings reflecting on past approaches and their consequences (both good and bad). Students will develop awareness of current best practices in planning conservation for traditional and sustainable buildings and associated materials.
Alongside practical work students will be introduced to the relevant literature and through group work gain an understanding of the issues associated with practical conservation work.
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Feedback will be available within 4 weeks
Historic Scotland’s traditional building materials guidance https://www.engineshed.scot/building-advice/building-materials/
English Heritage Practical Building Conservation Series (note this is a ten-volume series and you will be guided to the relevant volumes).
Copsey, N. 2019. Hot Mixed Lime and Traditional Mortars: A Practical Guide to Their Use in Conservation and Repair. Crowood.