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Building Conservation Masterclasses

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation provides training in both the technical knowledge and practical skills needed to repair and maintain historic buildings through their programme of Building Conservation Masterclasses. Here you can find a brief overview of who the courses are aimed at and links to find out more information.

Building Conservation Masterclasses

The Building Conservation Masterclasses are relevant for:

  • Craftspeople
  • Conservators
  • Conservation officers
  • Architects
  • Surveyors
  • Planners
  • Construction managers
  • Specifiers
  • Specialist contractors
  • Archaeologists

These short courses have been designed and are delivered by leading practitioners in the field of building conservation, and are recognised by Historic England.

Students on most of the courses will receive a copy of the Practical Building Conservation volume relevant to their course.

Making samples on Conservation of Plasters and Renders at West Dean Building Masterclass
Making samples on the Conservation of Plasters and Renders masterclass at West Dean Building © Historic England

Professional Development Diploma

You can choose to build up to the Professional Development Diploma by successful completion of ten Masterclasses and the submission of a final essay.

Practising pointing techniques on ruinette at West Dean College
Practising pointing techniques at West Dean College © Historic England
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