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There’s a chance to get top tips and advice about maintaining historic buildings with a free training day this summer.

The one day course, led by a conservation expert is aimed at anyone responsible for or interested in historic building maintenance. This could be a home, building or business owner, property manager, newly qualified conservation professional or just someone with a keen interest in historic building conservation.

The free day of training will be held on Tuesday 4 June, at the Council House in Dudley and includes a walking tour of the town centre taking in a range of recently restored historic buildings and those yet to be restored.

The course will cover the natures of traditional and historic buildings, how they are constructed including materials, techniques and their associated vulnerabilities and repair methods, useful definitions and jargon busting.

The day is aimed at owners of historic buildings who are keen to understand what to look for, maintenance managers who may be responsible for traditional buildings, professionals who are new to the conservation arena, or anyone keen to gain knowledge of the vulnerabilities of key traditional building materials.

Alan Lunt, strategic director of place and deputy chief executive said:

Modest amounts of inspection and maintenance on a regular basis can keep a structure in good condition and prevent more substantial and expensive repairs in the future. This is particularly the case for historic buildings which have special requirements.
People attending this free course will benefit from this expert knowledge and help us to make the most of the beautiful architecture in some of our older buildings, preserving it for generations to come.

The training forms part of the Townscape Heritage programme of building projects and activities within Dudley Town Centre, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Previous projects which have benefited from Townscape Heritage funding include the Fountain Arcade (Tower Street) The Old Glasshouse (Stone Street Square), the former Albion Pub (now Caffe Grande and Blades Hairdresser’s on Stone Street) and more recently 203 and 204 Wolverhampton Street (formerly Merlins, now MET Recruitment).

Places are limited and are available on a first come first served basis. Refreshments will be provided. For further information and to express an interest in attending, contact or telephone 01384 817402.

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