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Courses and Seminars

 

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Dublin Civic Trust runs a series of courses and seminars each year which provides training and technical skills in the repair and maintenance of historic and traditionally built structures. They are aimed at those wishing to upskill, train or develop practical knowledge in the field of the historic built environment, including architects, surveyors, planners, project managers and supervisors. Interested members of the public are also welcome to attend.

These courses are rated for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and The Society of Chartered Surveyors. We also run an annual third level accredited course on the Conservation and Evaluation of Historic Buildings in conjunction with The Society of Chartered Surveyors.

All participants are issued with a certificate of attendance following each seminar.

 


Booking Courses

ALL OUR BOOKING IS NOW UNDERTAKEN ONLINE - PLEASE READ BELOW CAREFULLY 

When booking a place on a course, select one of the two options below according to if you are a public attendee or a Friend/Member of the Trust, and follow the instructions. You will first be directed to PayPal for secure credit card payment. You do not need to hold a PayPal account - simply select the Don't have a PayPal Account? option at the bottom of the PayPal page. Following this, select the number of places you wish to book using the Quantity button. On the second payment page it is very important that you state all attendee names and their professions in the field provided. 

All online bookings will be personally confirmed by email within two working days. Please get in contact if you do not hear from us for any reason.

Please note: If you are booking as a Member/Friend of the Trust, you must be listed on our members' register and your membership must be up to date. Invalid membership bookings will be refunded.

If booking with a local authority purchase order, please telephone our office to process your booking. 


Autumn 2013 Courses - Now Concluded

 

Monday 14th October 2013  
9.30am - 5.00pm

FORGING THE CITY
History, Identification and Repair of Historic Ironwork 
One Day Seminar
David Mitchell, Historic Scotland and expert blacksmiths of the Irish Blacksmiths Artists Association (IABA)
 

BOOKING NOW CLOSED

Price: €170                                                                          

Venue: Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2

 

 

  

Dr David Mitchell is Director of Conservation in Scotland's executive government agency, Historic Scotland, that manages, protects and promotes the country's built and natural heritage. With a background in technical and scientific research, Dr Mitchell is an expert in industrial heritage, traditional materials and skills, urban conservation and regeneration, and holds a particular interest in the ironwork industries of Scotland in the nineteenth century. He is very familiar with the ironwork of Dublin and the close links between Ireland and Britain in the trading of iron and other industrial products during the Industrial Revolution.

The Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association is the representative body of Irish blacksmiths specialising in a variety of fields, from newly commisioned work to historic ironwork conservation and restoration. IABA has newly launched a Best Practice Guide to the Restoration of Period and Heritage Ironwork which dovetails with this CPD seminar. A number of IABA's expert members wll take part in the day, including blacksmiths Paul Devlin and Karl Rapple.    


Morning Session

Lecture speaker: David Mitchell

Historic context

Introduction to the materials and properties

Research, recording and materials analysis

Specification writing and project management guidance

Approaching an ironwork project: walking through the principles

Interventions: the good the bad and the ugly

Techniques for conservation, repair and maintenance: cleaning or not, mechanical repairs,
replacing components

Coating: preparation and execution

Site installation and health and safety issues

Discussion


Afternoon Session

Lecture speaker: Karl Rapple, Blacksmith and Historic Ironwork Researcher

Tracing the evolution of ironwork in Dublin’s historic squares - recent inventory discoveries

Two-hour Practical Demonstration: Paul Devlin, Design Draughtsman, Mech. Eng. Technician, and Peter Cassidy, Blacksmith and Treasurer, IABA

Tasks: This stimulating practical session will demonstrate a working forge in the historic grounds of St. Werburgh’s Church, adjacent to Dublin Civic Trust.  Tasks will include common repair and assembly techniques, fine welding, riveting, assembly of collars and scrolls, leading of cast-iron finials, and forging of traditional gate gussets used on historic gates around the city. 

Discussion and hands-on interaction will be promoted 

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Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not included - there are good cafés, sandwich bars and restaurants in the vicinity of Mountjoy Square.


 

Summer 2013 Courses    

  

Monday 10th June 2013   booking now closed
9.30am - 5.00pm

INSTRUCTIVE ON-SITE SEMINAR 
STRUCTURAL REPAIRS TO HISTORIC BUILDINGS 
One Day Seminar
Ian Hume
DIC, DiplConsAA, CEng, MIStructE, IHBC

Conservation Accredited Engineer and former Chief Engineer, English Heritage 

BOOKING NOW CLOSED

Price: €170

Venue: Mountjoy Square, North Georgian Dublin
Directions to be given shortly

 

  


Ian Hume is a leading conservation accredited engineer who has been involved in the conservation of historic buildings across the UK for over 30 years. He served as Chief Engineer of the Conservation Engineering team of English Heritage from 1988 to 1998 and now operates in private practice. Major conservation works have included the mausoleum at Castle Howard, the Ironbridge, and Leigh Court barn in Worcestershire. He lectures frequently on conservation engineering and is an active member of the UK Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers (CARE).  


Seminar Content
This unique day of lectures and on-site assessment will focus on best practice repair and consolidation of historic buildings through inspection of a variety of 18th and early 19th century houses in Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1, which are currently undergoing major structural consolidation. This will afford attendees a unique opportunity to assess common conservation engineering issues on-site, including bracing, stitching, jacking, and joinery and masonry consolidation, with one of the most experienced professionals in the field of conservation engineering. Issues will also be explored during lectures and interactive discussion sessions delivered by Ian Hume during the day. This is a rare, must-attend event for anyone seeking an insight into the complex repair, works phasing and site management involved with major Protected Structures.

Themes
Conservation Philosophy
Applying the five basic principles of conservation - conserving as found, minimum intervention, like for like repairs, reversible repair, sympathetic repair - through case studies and inspection.

Conservation Engineering Techniques
Tried and tested solutions versus new methods. Choosing the most appropriate techniques and the pertinent questions to ask of each.

Role of the Conservation Engineer
Interacting with owners, occupiers, planning and conservation authorities, and other members of the team, and having the confidence and expertise to do what is right for the building.

Structural Monitoring
Diagnosing problems and identifying correct solutions through different methods of monitoring.

Potential Problems
- Stability of walls, roofs, gables, parapets, floors, chimneystacks and spires.
- Joints in original construction sequences
- Poor original construction details
- Unstable upper elements and resulting damage through collapse
- Decay of structural timbers
- Missing lintels
- Robbery of elements
- Embedded iron ties and loops
- Settlement of core walls and bulging faces

Long Term Solutions
Long term solutions to protecting historic buildings will be discussed in depth, including:
- Protecting vulnerable wall faces and floors from damage during works
- Pointing and grouting
- Resetting loose masonry
- Rebuilding stacks and parapets where necessary
- Jacking Walls
- Underpinning
- Repairing/Removing decayed timber
- Tying and stitching walls

Maintenance
One of the most important aspects of caring for an historic structure, this will be explored in terms of regular inspection and works regimes.  


 
Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not included - there are good cafés, sandwich bars and restaurants in the vicinity of Mountjoy Square.

Thursday 23rd May 2013booking now closed 
9.30am - 5.00pm

'SHATTERING THE MYTHS'
REPAIR AND THERMAL UPGRADING OF TRADITIONAL TIMBER AND METAL WINDOWS 
One Day Seminar
Mutiple Expert Speakers

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Price: €170

Venue: Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2


BOOKING NOW CLOSED
 

 

 


 
Seminar Content
This one-day seminar adopts a practical and technical approach to the identification, repair, thermal upgrading, and decoration of historic windows and traditional window elements. 

Windows form an integral part of our historic built environment. The very ‘eyes’ of a building, they lend important architectural expression to a facade as well as serving the more practical function of admitting light inside and permitting views to the outside world. An appreciation of the unique handcrafted characteristics, detailing and quality materials used in historic windows’ construction has grown in recent years, where many seminars and publications have rightly focused on the design and detailing of this precious architectural inheritance.  

Less common has been a thorough exploration of the options available when it comes to the detailed structural repair and thermal upgrading of historic windows and new windows in traditional buildings. There have been significant advances in technology in these fields in recent years, particularly in glass products being widely promoted for use in England and Scotland in both historic window fabric as well as reproduction frames. Likewise, the conventional focus on the repair of timber windows is widening, as an appreciation of other forms of traditional window emerges, including cast-iron and mild steel window framing in buildings as diverse as industrial and public edifices to the modest suburban house. Even timber itself has been undergoing a revolution, with new forms of treated and modified timber products emerging on the market. This innovation and development, in addition to new demands associated with Building Energy Rating (BER), requires a careful reassessment of approaches to window specification and repair to ensure that the principles of best conservation practice continue to be upheld.

This stimulating one-day Dublin Civic Trust seminar will feature a host of expert speakers and practitioners exploring the options available to building professionals, clients and householders in approaching conservation and restoration of historic windows in line with current best practice.

The day will include topics including:

History of windows in Ireland

Timber identification and specification

Dating historic glass using ultraviolet technology

Practical demonstration of window joinery, glass and putty repair

Case studies of period window and door repair

Exposition and demonstration of thermal glass products

Conservation of windows under the Planning & Development Act, 2000 – what is permissible?

Repair and thermal upgrading of metal windows - cast-iron and steel

Group discussion and questions and answers will be encouraged throughout


 
Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not included - there is a host of good cafés, sandwich bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of Dublin Civic Trust.


 

Attending Courses

Location
All courses take place in Dublin Civic Trust's premises at 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2, unless otherwise stated. Castle Street is a small street that runs parallel to Lord Edward Street and Dame Street, skirting the walls of Dublin Castle. Click here to view a map of our location.

Getting to Us
Approaching from College Green/Trinity College, continue along Dame Street in the direction of Christ Church Cathedral, passing the pedestrian entrance to Dublin Castle and City Hall on the left. Immediately after City Hall, turn left up Cork Hill towards the main entrance gates to Dublin Castle. Immediately on the right is Castle Street. Dublin Civic Trust is located at the far end of the street (one minute's walk) on the left-hand side.

Approaching from Thomas Street/Patrick Street, continue towards Christ Church Cathedral, through the major traffic junction where Jurys Hotel is on the right. Dublin Civic Trust is located to the left of Jurys and the Lord Edward pub, diagonally opposite Christ Church, next to the gallery on the corner of Castle Street.

Parking
Please note there is no parking available on Dublin Civic Trust premises. We advise all course attendees to arrive by public transport where possible. Parking is available for hourly and day rates in Jurys Christchurch car park around the corner on Werburgh Street (accessible from Castle Street and Christchurch Place). On-street parking is also available in the vicinity at a cost of €2.90 per hour for a maximum duration of three hours. This can be refreshed during breaks or lunch hour. The most convenient on-street parking spots are Castle Street, Werburgh Street and Fishamble Street beside the Civic Offices. Please note that rigorously enforced clamping is in operation in the area.

Refreshments
All courses include at least one break for tea, coffee and light refreshments in the morning and/or afternoon. Lunch is not included unless otherwise stated. There is a host of good cafés, restaurants and deli counters in the immediate vicinity of the Trust, including on Dame Street, Parliament Street, South Great George's Street and Werburgh Street. The grounds, gardens and cafés of Dublin Castle also offer a pleasant breather during lunch hour.


 

COURSES COMPLETED IN 2012

BOOKING NOW CLOSED

Wednesday 24th October 2012   booking now closed
9.30am - 5.00pm

STRUCTURAL REPAIRS TO DERELICT AND RUINED STRUCTURES 
One Day Seminar
Ian Hume
DIC, DiplConsAA, CEng, MIStructE, IHBC

Conservation Accredited Engineer and former Chief Engineer, English Heritage 

Price: €170

Venue: Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2


 

 



Ian Hume is a leading conservation accredited engineer who has been involved in the conservation of historic buildings across the UK for over 30 years. He served as Chief Engineer of the Conservation Engineering team of English Heritage from 1988 to 1998 and now operates in private practice. Major conservation works have included the mausoleum at Castle Howard, the Ironbridge, and Leigh Court barn in Worcestershire. He lectures frequently on conservation engineering and is an active member of the UK Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers (CARE).

Seminar Content
This stimulating day of lectures will focus on best practice repair and consolidation of derelict and ruined buildings. These structures do not often feature in conservation philosophy or education, in spite of presenting some of the most challenging engineering demands exhibited by any historic edifice. This seminar will focus on how conservation engineers, architects and related professionals must temper and adapt the philosophy of conserving 'as found' and of 'minimum intervention' with their responsibility for the safety and structural integrity of derelict buildings and ruined structures.

The seminar will include a site visit with Ian Hume to a derelict property in central Dublin, affording attendees a unique opportunity to assess common structural repair issues on-site with one of the most experienced professionals in the field of conservation engineering.

Themes
Conservation Philosophy
Applying the five basic principles of conservation - conserving as found, minimum intervention, like for like repairs, reversible repair, sympathetic repair - in a challenging derelict or ruinous environment.

Conservation Engineering Techniques
Tried and tested solutions versus new methods. Choosing the most appropriate techniques and the pertinent questions to ask of each.

Role of the Conservation Engineer
Interacting with owners, occupiers, planning and conservation authorities, and other members of the team, and having the confidence and expertise to do what is right for the building.

Structural Monitoring
Diagnosing problems and identifying correct solutions through different methods of monitoring.

Potential Problems
Derelict and ruined buildings present an immensely diverse array of structural problems - many of these will be discussed in detail, including:

- Stability of walls, roofs, gables, parapets, floors, chimneystacks and spires.
- Joints in original construction sequences
- Poor original construction details
- Unstable upper elements and resulting damage through collapse
- Decay of structural timbers
- Missing lintels
- Robbery of elements
- Embedded iron ties and loops
- Settlement of core walls and bulging faces

Long Term Solutions
Long term solutions to protecting vulnerable buildings will be discussed in depth, including:
- Protecting vulnerable wall faces and floors from damage during works
- Pointing and grouting
- Resetting loose masonry
- Protection of wall tops
- Rebuilding stacks and parapets where necessary
- Jacking Walls
- Underpinning
- Repairing/Removing decayed timber
- Managing ivy and other vegetation growth
- Public access and safety

Maintenance
One of the most important aspects of caring for an historic structure, this will be explored in terms of regular inspection and works regimes.  


 
Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not included - there is a host of good cafés, sandwich bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of Dublin Civic Trust.


      

BOOKING NOW CLOSED

Tuesday 2nd October 2012  
9.30am - 5.00pm

TIMBER DECAY AND DAMP IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS
One Day Seminar
Dr. Brian Ridout
MA, PhD, AIWSc
Ridout Associates, International Timber Decay and Damp Consultants

Price: €170

Venue: Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2


BOOKING NOW CLOSED
 

 

 



Dr. Brian Ridout is a leading international expert on the causes, identification and treatment of timber decay and damp in historic buildings and other important structures. He is author of the landmark publication Timber Decay in Buildings: The Conservation Approach to Treatment, 2000, and the subsequent Timber: The EC Woodcare Project - Deathwatch Beetles in Historic Buildings, 2001. He acts as consultant to English Heritage and has been involved in a wide range of projects including Royal Palaces, urban regeneration of large industrial buildings in major UK cities, as well as international projects including The Golden Temple of Amritsar, India, and heritage buildings in Bahrain, Vietnam, Greece, Turkey and Morocco.

His firm's conservation approach to timber decay and the promotion of holistic building conservation principles has led to official approval by the Getty Conservation Institute, UNESCO, English Heritage, The National Trust, NHBC and Zurich Financial Services. Ridout Associates is also consultant to numerous small privately owned vernacular buildings, and is a division of Scientific and Educational Services Ltd. 

 

Seminar Content
This is a must-attend seminar for any professional or building owner/occupier seeking specialist expertise in the field of timber decay and damp in historic buildings. Dr. Ridout is an internationally acclaimed expert in his field, and this rare opportunity to learn from and engage with him in Ireland is not to be missed. The day will assess in both practical and technical terms the many myths and practices associated with damp and decay in historic buildings, beginning with problem identification, through to diagnosis, to treatment, cure and correct maintenance.

Themes
Timber
Nature of timber - structure and durability

Agents of Decay
Types of timber decay
Insects and fungal infestation
Traditional and modern treatments 

Severe Decay in Historic Buildings
Fire Damage
Dereliction
Dry rot
Weatherproofing


Damp
Rising damp - facts and myths
Identifying sources of damp
Appropriate treatments
Case studies 


 
Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not included - there is a host of good cafés, sandwich bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of Dublin Civic Trust.

 

BOOKING NOW CLOSED

Wednesday 9th May 2012  
9.30am - 5.00pm
Registration 9.15am - 9.30am sharp

The Luxury of Austerity
Revising Approaches to Building Conservation and Repair
One Day Seminar
John Addison
Structural Engineer, Addison Conservation and Design

Price: €170

Venue: Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2



BOOKING NOW CLOSED

“When conservation is done modestly and correctly it goes unnoticed, but when it is done badly it has a terrifying impact on owners’ lives”.


Seminar Theme
The provocative title is driven by how we need to think of conservation as ‘best value’, acknowledging that often only essential works are affordable but aiming at how we can get ‘better conservation’ rather than ‘overdone restoration’. Too much money in the wrong hands often leaves a building with her personality masked and her history whitewashed. The Luxury of Austerity means spending less but achieving more. ‘Less is more’ as they often say.


John Addison
is a leading structural engineer who has worked in an advisory capacity to Historic Scotland and has many public and private clients as owners and occupiers of a wide variety of historic properties. With over 30 years experience in the field of building conservation, he has developed an unparalleled knowledge in surveying, problem identification and best practice repair of a host of historic building types. With his co-director in Addison Engineering and Design, Krystyna Pytasz, he has resolved major structural challenges in buildings as diverse as Victorian theatres and large tenement buildings, to structures varying from bridges to medieval castles.

Seminar Content
This stimulating and animated day of lectures will focus on best practice repair of historic buildings from a practical perspective. It will highlight through past experience, current projects and case studies, the typical pitfalls in approaching conservation problems, ranging from flawed surveys and assessments, poor specification, bad site practices and project management. Constructive solutions to conservation challenges and project control will be discussed, including surveying, planning, prioritising works, designing repairs, specifications, contracts and site management. Works featured will include stone repair, re-pointing, structural bracing and more.

The day will also showcase the experience of Edinburgh as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the operation of procedures put in place to centrally manage building conservation. Through John’s in-depth knowledge of the scheme, he will highlight problems that have arisen in the specification of alleged unnecessary works, damaging repairs and interventions, and a culture of so-called “precautionary work overwhelming essential work” that has developed through the issuing of statutory notices. He will assess the real meaning of ‘minimum intervention’ and how this can be best achieved for the benefit of both buildings and their owners.

John Addison is one of the leading practitioners in building conservation in the United Kingdom and is in high demand for public seminars, lectures and professional input to projects. This is a must-attend day for any practitioner wishing to upskill, gain expertise or simply broaden their understanding of historic buildings and how best to approach their repair and conservation.  


Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is not included - there is a host of good cafés, sandwich bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of Dublin Civic Trust.

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Courses held to date


Planning and the Historic Built Environment
Conservation and Evaluation of Historic Buildings
Various Speakers

Historic Brickwork
Repair, Repointing and Restoration
Dr Gerald Lynch. Master Bricklayer

Conservation Engineering
Structural Repair of Historic Buildings
Ian Hume, former Chief Engineer with English Heritage

Services in Historic Houses
Electrical and Mechanical
Peter Lawson Smith, OBE

Timber Decay
Identification and Treatment
Dr Brian Ridout

Historic Roofing
Construction, Materials and Repair
Chris Wood, English Heritage

Historic Ironwork
Cast and Wrought Iron – Identification and Maintenance
David Mitchell & Ali Davey, Historic Scotland

Historic Windows, Joinery and Paints
Identification, Repair and Maintenance
Peter Clarke, Pat Lynch, Sven Habermann & Edward Byrne

Historic Plaster and Stuccowork
Identification, Repair and Cleaning
Richard Ireland, Historic Decorative Plaster and Paint Expert

Historic Fanlights
Understanding the Tradition, Materials and Repair
John Stembrook

Plasters, Renders & Masonry
Conservation and Repair
John Ashurst

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