IHBC celebrates presentation of Marsh IHBC Award for ‘Successful Learning in Heritage Skills’ to Damian Williams at 2024 Reading School Annual Dinner

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The IHBC has welcomed the presentation of the 2024 Marsh IHBC Award for ‘Successful Learning in Heritage Skills’ to Damian Williams at our 2024 Reading School Annual Dinner.

The Marsh Trust writes:

… Damian has devoted his working life and much of his personal life to the continuation of learning about built heritage and the conservation of it. He understood where the gaps were in his conservation knowledge, and wanted to expand his knowledge to further his own conservation projects. Damian, with no qualifications other than his NVQ Level 3 in Lime Plastering, undertook a master’s degree at Birmingham City University where he studied  Conservation of the Historic Environment. His skills as a lime craftsman have been acquired from his apprenticeship under notable author Cliff Blundell, and he then travelled and lived in France as a lime plasterer for a short period of time for the chance to learn from some of their masters. He furthered his knowledge when he moved to Suffolk to work on the pargetted timber-framed buildings. Damian has also recently written some articles for The Historic Buildings and Places Magazine and other publications.?Damian is currently working on a barn in Aberystwyth, Scotland, which is a 2 hour drive each way from his home, and said when deciding to take the on the project ‘The distance doesn’t bother me, I get to put back the lost crogloft!’….

… This Award is designed to recognise the contribution of an individual for their significant learning in traditional building activities and craft skills. The Award aims to help keep the essential conservation skills and knowledge alive through training, shared experience and example.

Anyone interested in how people care for our places may nominate an individual for the Award, whether they are, for example, a teacher, fellow practitioner, client, civic representative, property owner or planner. Nominations for the Award can be made via the IHBC website.

Entries for the Award are judged by a panel consisting of representatives of the MCT and IHBC and the Awards are presented at the IHBC Annual School in June each year….

See full details and the historical awards at Read more….

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