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Heritage Skills Demonstrations

at Lytham Hall, Lancashire 17th November 2009
As part of the annual NHTG Annual conference this year being held at Lytham Hall, Lancashire there will be a series of craft demonstrations in the courtyard of the Hall and the opportunity to tour the hall and see repair work being carried out on a number of the historic structures close to the Hall. 

The demonstrators will be at Lytham Hall between 10.00 - 4.00 on Tuesday 17th November giving colleges, local schools and the general public the opportunity to visit and take advantage of seeing at first hand the crafts being demonstrated including: 

 wattle and daubing
 solid moulded plastering
 fibrous plastering
 timber framing and joint demonstrations
 oak peg working
 lime mortar/brickwork pointing
 traditional roofing
 sash window repair and window joinery
 traditional cobbled walling
 stone masonry and carving
 traditional blacksmithing
 archaeological dig


The demonstrations will take place throughout the day with a programme of talks given by the craftspeople to explain in more detail the background to their craft, how they came to be involved with their craft and it will give an opportunity for people to ask questions.

There will be opportunities for ‘having a go’ and trying the many craft techniques at many of the demonstrations ranging from building a timber framed structure to plastering a wall.

Guided tours of the house and other buildings in the grounds will be organised giving further opportunity to explore the heritage and traditional building techniques employed in the repair and maintenance of this wonderful Grade I listed building.

Personal protective equipment will be supplied and risk assessments for all the demonstrations will have been undertaken.  The visitors are advised to wear stout shoes, steel toe caps are recommended but are not obligatory.  

A range of refreshments will be available at a small cost or visitors can bring their own packed lunches.  Accommodation for lunchtime will be provided in the Hall.