The Conservation of Historic Buildings course awards a Graduate Diploma on completion of its two-year, part-time programme of studies. The course aims to develop awareness and skills in the core areas of Historic Knowledge and Cultural Appreciation; Research and Report Writing; Philosophies of Conservation; Traditional Building Materials; Structures of Historic Buildings; Fabric Deterioration and Repair; Building Investigations and Assessments; Regeneration and Conservation; Design in Modern Urban Contexts; and International Projects.
In addition to developing a wide range of knowledge concerning historic buildings from all periods, the programme continues to emphasise twentieth-century buildings and environs, along with the current political and social issues of change, regeneration and urban redevelopment. Recent visits to sites exemplifying contemporary urbanisation issues have included King’s Cross/St Pancras and the Shoreditch/Hackney/Spitalfields district, which couple conservation with regeneration. This year, our annual tour travelled to Oxford to view the Castle and Ashmolean Museum redevelopments.
The course continued its involvement with the ongoing EU-funded project to develop ‘Criteria for Assessment of Heritage at Risk’ as part of the Heritage without Borders programme in conjunction with participants from seven countries in southeastern Europe. Director Andrew Shepherd attended workshops in Dubrovnik and Pécs, Hungary in addition to lecturing and leading a building repairs workshop at the Swedish Foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders Training camp in Gjirokastra, Albania. The ‘Heritage at Risk’ project will be completed in 2011, after which we will participate in a project on recording industrial archaeology together with teams from Hungary, Romania and France.
The course continues to engage with the proposed conservation of Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn at Elterwater in the Lake District, through consultation and the presentation of a paper at the annual Elterwater Seminar.