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Old houses – Their fabrics, interiors and furnishings. Identification, care and repair

Tuesday 25th September 2018

9.30am – 5pm

The course

A course aimed at the owners and guardians of historic homes. The course will look at the fabric, features, fittings and furnishings of historic buildings.  These features are quite often overlooked but are so important in contributing to the historic significance of a building. They range from something as small as a window catch to staircases or panelling which still retain their original finishes. Historic character is depleted by the loss of small features or the destruction of original finishes and patina by overzealous cleaning or restoration.

The course will be presented by Kevin Stubbs and Vincent Reed using power-point, examination of objects and buildings in the museum’s collection and also demonstrations of cleaning and care of historic surface finishes.

The course will cover the following general themes:
History and change – interpreting the historic development of a house and its fixtures and fittings.
Materials and structure – what materials were used historically in the construction, fitting out and furnishing of a house; how they were put together; and the craftsmanship involved.
The importance of understanding past change and repair and how they contribute to the story of the building and its contents and reflect life and attitudes in the past.
The importance of original surface finishes and patina.
Every day maintenance needs – what problems to look out for; what are the warning signs; dos and don’ts of simple maintenance; looking after the fixtures, fittings, furnishings and the historic fabric
Limitations of DIY work – sources of advice and training; sourcing the right materials.
A demonstration of cleaning and care of historic surface finishes.
An examination of a selection of the Museum’s historic buildings and collection to look at these issues in context.
The themes will be illustrated where appropriate with case studies.

The tutors

Kevin Stubbs is a Historic Building Consultant with a background of education, archaeology and building conservation.  He was Director of Archaeology for the Test Valley in Hampshire and later moved to the County Council to join the Historic Buildings Bureau, where he became the Principal Buildings Conservation Officer for the County.  For eleven years he acted as the Director of a Conservation Centre and now runs his own Historic Building Consultancy.  He advises on the repair and maintenance of all historic structures.  He undertakes the historic analysis of buildings and provides Statements of Significance for Listed Building applications and general historic building planning advice. He lectures for various CPD providers, Universities and national building conservation organizations including SPAB, RICS and the Weald and Downland Museum.  Topics include: Bricks and Mortar; Lime, Plasters and Renders; Cob and Earth, Timber Frame and Stone Structures and Traditional Roofing.

Vincent Reed started his career as an antique furniture restorer in the famous Brighton Lanes. With his expertise in the traditional techniques Vincent established his business in 1989. Today the business  focuses on all aspects of wood conservation and restoration and the buildings in which he works range from private listed dwellings to some the most iconic scheduled monuments.

Vincent’s expertise is frequently sought by industry experts in relation to major projects on significant historic buildings. Most recently Vincent was awarded  the contract to return to Kensington Palace to carry out the detailed restoration of the listed panelling and joinery in the King’s State Apartments.

Participant information

Places will be limited to 15 participants

No special clothing or equipment is required, but please bring sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing for the tour around the Museum.

Fee and refreshments

£115 per person, to include tuition, teas, coffees and a light lunch. Please let the Museum know in advance any special dietary requirements.