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Improving Eric's view: Council offers free training sessions in heritage construction trades

Chris Satori


Lancaster City Council is holding a series of free workshops for people to improve heritage skills including stone carving, decorative plasterwork and lime plastering, thanks to National Lottery players.

The Lancaster district has more than 1,300 listed buildings, 38 conservation and 38 scheduled monuments. Looking after such historic structures requires a particular set of construction skills and traditional craftsmanship.

The city council, through the Morecambe Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI 2): A View for Eric project, is offering some free introductory-level hands-on training to help people gain a practical understanding of some of these traditional skills and methods.

•        Stone relief carving, Wednesday March 15 from 10am to 4.30pm.

•        Decorative plasterwork, Friday March 31 from 9.30am to 4pm.

•        Stone lettering, Wednesday April 12 from 10am to 4.30pm.

•        Lime plastering and pointing, Friday April 28 from 9.30am to 4pm.

•        3D stone carving, Wednesday May 10 from 9am to 5pm.

•        Introduction to stonemasonry, Friday May 26 from 9.30am to 4pm.

Morecambe THI2: A View for Eric, funded by the National Lottery through a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant and by Lancaster City Council, seeks to improve the western end of the Morecambe Conservation through investment in its built heritage and public realm.

Supporting this is a series of opportunities for the local community to learn more about their heritage and how to look after it.

The workshops are suitable for people already working in, or associated with, the construction industry and wanting to expand their knowledge or for individuals with no experience who are interested in heritage skills and crafts.

For more information and to book your place/s please visit or call (01524) 582375.

Places are limited and while workshops are open to all, priority will be given to Morecambe-based attendees.

All of the workshops will be held at Lancaster and Morecambe College. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.