Information day on historic buildings
Historic buildings in the Yorkshire Dales National Park will be the focus of attention in a special event next month. (October)
Called ‘Caring for Your Historic Building’, the annual day school is organised by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and will be held in the Memorial Hall in Dent on October 13 from 9.30am to 5.00pm.
Gaby Rose, the YDNPA’s Building Conservation Officer, said: “This event is very popular and, although it is aimed primarily at owners, managers and occupiers of historic buildings, there is plenty to interest people who just want to learn more about the architecture of the area or old buildings in general.
“Places are limited and it usually sells out, so I would advise people to book early.”
Illustrated talks by leading specialists will cover the characteristics of the historic buildings in the area, how they have developed over the years, how they perform and how they are best cared for.
Other topics covered during the day will include design, repair, maintenance and energy sustainability issues as well as bats and building work. And there will be a guided walk through Dent to look at many of the architectural and historic features of this outstanding conservation area.
Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with the speakers and have their specific problems or questions regarding old buildings discussed as part of the programme. In addition, there will be practical demonstrations showing how traditional lime mortars and plasters should be prepared and applied as well as using Limecrete – an innovative, eco-friendly alternative to cement.
Roger Bingham, the YDNPA’s Member Champion for Conservation of Cultural Heritage, said: “Our architectural heritage is one of the glories of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It helps to highlight the diversity of our landscape from patchworks of field barns and squat farmsteads to relics of the industrial revolution and of the railway age.
“Together they encompass building activities from pre-historic earthworks and Roman forts to Victorian schools and later structures like the YDNPA's 21st century offices in Bainbridge.”
The historic buildings information day costs £15, which includes refreshments and a buffet lunch, and full details of the programme can been seen at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/caringforyourhistoricbuilding2012.
Anyone wanting more information or to book a place should email email@example.com or phone Gaby Rose on 01969 652354.