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Stonemasonry for Bricklayers

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Sring Gardens, Shrewsbury SY1 2SZ

12th-16th August 2019


This course provides both practical and theoretical training for bricklayers who want to develop skills in traditional stonemasonry.

On successful completion of the course you will have knowledge of:

  • masonry and its differences to brickwork
  • masonry construction methods and materials
  • types of mortars and aggregates and their application
  • specialist masonry tools
  • types of walling construction
  • recognition of defects, their causes and appropriate interventions
  • rubble stone walling
  • consolidation, projecting courses, construction joints
  • heritage principles and practices
  • hot lime mixes
  • variations in stone
  • quoins and arches
  • pointing
  • ashlar masonry, cutting out defective stonework and mortar

Where will the course be held?

The course will be held at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Shropshire, SY1 2SZ.

This is approximately 10-12minutes walk from Shrewsbury rail station.

The site is served by a number of bus routes (24, 25, 64, 511, 519) and there is free parking available.

How is the course funded?

This course is provided free of charge, thanks to a grant from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, supporting skills and training activities at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Who is the course suitable for?

Attendees at this course should have:

completed Level 2 Bricklaying (before the course start date) or have equivalent experience of working in the construction industry (shown on your CV) and a strong interest in getting into heritage work

Is there any financial help available to attendees?

For successful applicants accepted on to the course, on completing and attending all 5 days, a bursary payment of £50 per day will be made to assist with your travel and subsistence.

In order to receive the bursary payment, you must have the right to work in the UK. Evidence will be required at the start of the course.

Lunch will be provided each day, as well as tea and coffee.

How do I apply for a place on the course?

1. Download an application form by clicking here

2. Complete sections 1-4 of the application form

3. Download the monitoring form by clicking here

4. Complete the monitoring form

5. Put together a CV, outlining your qualifications, training and work experience and any CSCS card you hold

6. Send your CV, completed application form and completed monitoring form to

Tywi Centre, Dinefwr Farm, Llandeilo, SA19 6RT or by email to hburke@sirgar.gov.uk

The deadline for applications is:  THURSDAY 18TH JULY

What happens once I've applied?

As places are limited to 10 people, all applications will be considered and scored. The highest scoring applicants will be contacted to arrange a short telephone call. In your application we are looking for:

  • an interest in heritage and old buildings
  • some experience in the construction industry
  • level 2 qualification in bricklaying or equivalent experience
  • reliability and commitment to skills development
  • clear reasons for wanting to follow the course and how you think it will benefit you in the future

During the telephone conversation, you will have an opportunity to find out more about the course and to tell us more about yourself and why gaining stonemasonry skills is important to you.

Where can I stay in Shrewsbury?

If you will be travelling for the course, and would like to stay in Shrewsbury, there are a number of reasonably priced hotels available.

You may also be interested in student accommodation which is available on a weekly basis during the summer months. Mardol House, which is in the centre of Shrewsbury, has two types of rooms available, charged at £110-£135 per week. Further information, including how to book, can be provided to successful applicants on request.

Please note, Historic England and the Tywi Centre have no affiliation with any accommodation providers.

What is Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings?

Historic England are working with partners, Shropshire Council and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, on a National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project to repair Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, the first cast-iron framed building in the world and the forerunner to the modern skyscraper.

Find out more about Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

http://historicengland.org.uk/getinvolved/ visit/shrewsbury-flax-mill/

Follow @historicengland and @flax_maltings to stay up to date with the project.

Any further questions

For questions about the course or the application process, please contact Helena Burke (Heritage Skills and Project Officer, Tywi Centre) hburke@sirgar.gov.uk or phone 01558 824271

For questions about the bursary or staying in Shrewsbury, contact Juliet Baillie (Sector Skills Adviser, Historic England) juliet.baillie@historicengland.org.uk