Conservation and Repair of Stonework

Tuesday 21st April
9:30am – 4:30pm

This seminar/workshop is suitable for those involved in the repair of traditional and historic buildings, particularly those who specify and/or supervise such work; surveyors, architects, conservation/planning officers, structural engineers, clerk of works, project managers/supervisors etc. It may also be suitable for contractors looking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of working with traditional and historic buildings, or owners of older properties with some background building/construction knowledge. We assume attendees will have some background knowledge and experience in relation to traditional and historic buildings, so it may not be suitable for homeowners interested in learning more from a beginners perspective.


09.15 – Registration & tea/coffee
09:30 – Welcome & introductions
09:45 – Working stone: traditional vs. modern practice
10:15 – Stone finishes and tooling
10:45 – Tea/coffee Break
11:00 – Specifying for stonework conservation & repair
11:30 – The good, bad and ugly: current practice
12:15 – Lunch break
13:00 – Conserving stonework: solutions & options
13:30 – Indenting & replacing stonework: good practice
14:15 – Tea/coffee break
14:30 – Use of lime mortars in stone conservation & repair
15:00 – Identifying defects and poor practice in stone repair and lime mortars
15:30 – Case studies: good practice examples
16:15 – Q&A/discussion/feedback
16:30 – Finish

This seminar/workshop is a mix of theory and practice, delivered by Andrew Bradley, Stonemason and Craig Frew, Historic Buildings Consultant. There will be practical demonstrations alongside illustrated presentations. The set-up will be relatively informal and discussion/interaction will be encouraged. Please note this is not a hands-on course – we couldn’t possibly cover all of the above elements within a one-day course. If you are looking for hands-on courses, contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction. You should expect to enhance your knowledge and understanding of stonework conservation and repair and benefit from networking opportunities on the day. Delegate packs will be provided along with CPD attendance certificates for your records.

Lunch and refreshments are included, freshly prepared by the Centre for Stewardship, and provided throughout the day. Please let us know of any food allergens, intolerances or special dietary requirements by using the contact button below or emailing us at 

The tutors

Andrew is a self-employed stonemason with 40 years’ experience, having achieved his City & Guilds and Advanced City & Guilds qualifications. He worked with English Heritage and has undertaken the SPAB Craft Fellowship and the Quinque Fellowship (North America). He previously worked with National Trust for Scotland at Culzean Castle, setting up their apprenticeship scheme and training centre. 

Craig is a historic buildings consultant with 20 years’ experience providing technical and conservation advice for the repair of traditional and historic buildings. He previously worked as Technical Consultant for a large stonemasonry contractor, was Senior Buildings Consultant with the Scottish Lime Centre Trust and Conservation Officer for Dundee City Council. He is a Full Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

The venue

The Centre for Stewardship at The Stables, Falkland Estate is located on the outskirts of the beautiful conservation village of Falkland in Fife. If you have longer to stay, there are plenty of options for exploring Falkland Estate, the Village and local area. Visit for further information

About us 

Frew Conservation are independent historic building consultants and training providers. We work in partnership with a range of respected craftspeople and consultants to deliver bespoke workshops and seminars focussing on the appropriate conservation and repair of traditional and historic buildings. Frew Conservation are a Recognised Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) CPD Provider. Visit for further information.

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