Repair of traditionally constructed brickwork

Tuesday 26 - Thursday 28 September 2017


The course

The course will include:

  • principles of repair
  • causes of failure and decay
  • inappropriate materials and practices
  • techniques for selecting methods of repair
  • cutting out bricks
  • taking out defective joints and inappropriate cement mortar
  • stitch repairs and reinforcements
  • patch pointing using lime mortar
  • reversing bricks and use of “slips”
  • plastic repairs
  • cleaning brickwork

The tutor

Gerard Lynch LCG, Cert Ed, MA, PhD is an internationally acknowledged Master Craftsman and historic brickwork consultant in the field of brickwork and mortars and their historical conservation.
The combination of his knowledge, practical and technical skills in the use of traditional methods and materials are outstanding.

He is the author of Gauged Brickwork: A Technical Handbook, Brickwork: History, Technology and Practice and The History of Gauged Brickwork.

Participant information

The course will be limited to 6 participants. You should wear overalls or aprons, and stout boots, and bring a notebook and pen. All tools and equipment will be supplied, although participants are welcome to bring along any appropriate tools of their own.


£360 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees and a light lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air 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.



Please read out terms and conditions before booking.

If any of our courses are full and you would like to be added to a waiting list please email [email protected] or call 01243811021, we are sometimes able to arrange further course dates.