Damp and historic buildings

Thursday 22 October 2020


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, FRICS, IHBC. Duncan is a Chartered Building Surveyor and full member of the IHBC. He is Chair of the RICS Building Conservation Steering Group, Chair of the IHBC South-East region and author of ‘Buying and Owning a Listed Building – A Brief Guide’. He has specific expertise in Listed Buildings, architectural history, building pathology and building conservation. He lectures regularly on these topics 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.



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