Damp and historic buildings

Wednesday 5 July 2017


The course

The correct assessment of the significance of moisture within historic buildings affects not only the current condition but also has implications for the future life of the building fabric.

The course discusses the importance of breathability in historic buildings, how this is achieved and can be maintained and what happens when it goes wrong. It will examine common mistakes of moisture identification and remediation. The course will discuss available options when repairs are required.

The day will include both an illustrated lecture and practical discussion in the buildings of the museum.

The tutor

The course is presented by Dr Duncan Philips MSc, MPhil, PhD, CEnv, MRICS, IHBC. Duncan is a Chartered Building Surveyor and full member of the IHBC. He is RICS Building Conservation Accredited and an RICS Expert Witness and he has specific expertise in Listed Buildings and building conservation. He lectures regularly on building conservation and architectural history and has extensive knowledge, practical experience and common sense in the sensitive care and repair of historic buildings.

Participant information

No special clothing or equipment is required for the course, but do come dressed for the weather and bring suitable outdoor clothing.


£115 per person, to include all tuition, teas, coffees and a light lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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