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SLCT – The Structural Repair of Historic Buildings

26 August - 09:30 - 16:30


This masterclass led by Ian Hume, aims to provide professionals with a sound understanding of the philosophy of conservation.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the relationship between structural engineering and conservation, of safety issues and of the aesthetics of conservation based structural repairs.

Suitable for:

This masterclass is suitable for anyone involved in the structural repair of historic buildings. Conservation officers, architects, engineers, site managers and others would find this seminar helpful. The course will consist of lectures, case studies and group activities.

Topics include but not limited to

  • Underpinning and tying masonry repairs.
  • Structural monitoring.
  • Understanding the structure.
  • Scaffolding and temporary works.
  • Inspecting a historic building.
  • The philosophy of conservation.
  • Cantilever or hanging stairs.
  • Jacking structures.
  • The structural aspects of service installations
  • Effects of traffic vibration.
  • Pointing as it affects the structure.
  • Dealing with modern buildings.
  • Comprehensive interventions.

About the Speaker

Ian Hume has had many years of experience in dealing with the structural problems related to historic buildings. In 1975 he joined what eventually became English Heritage and served as Chief Engineer to that organisation from 1987 until 1997 when he took early retirement to become consultant conservation engineer. Ian has been teaching the structural aspects of the repair of historic buildings and structures for some 20 years at various universities on their postgraduate conservation courses. Ian is a Conservation Accredited Engineer and is Chair of the panel which set up, and now oversees, the Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers (CARE).



Scottish Lime Centre Trust
+44 (0)1383 872 722


Charlestown Workshops
2 Rocks Road
Charlestown, Fife KY11 3EN United Kingdom
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