Unlocking Historic Buildings

lime plaster

Many thanks to Historic England for inviting us to attend their brilliant HELM training event at Sheffield Hallum University this week. Designed to help us better interpret, understand and date historic buildings, the expert hints and tips we picked up from the course have already proven useful and helped us to spot some intriguing clues that could unlock the history behind 35 Northgate.

Neil Redfern, Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England and James Innerdale, Conservation Architect gave a couple of great presentations to introduce us to the principles of conservation, traditional building construction, materials and building dating.


This was followed by a practical lime demonstration and opportunity to have a go ourselves.


Although this training meant a full day away from Blackburn, it was really useful to the Townscape Heritage Project and will certainly help us in our approach to understanding the buildings in our scheme and their development over time. It was also lovely to get the opportunity to visit Sheffield and see how the city has changed in the last few years.


We were particularly interested to see how well Sheffield is using its industrial heritage and reinterpreting it within new developments to enhance its identity. One of our favourites was the heavy cast bollards around Brown Street area, but unfortunately no photo – excuse for another trip maybe?
See Stainless Steel Trail and the Metal Walk.



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