Tomorrow we’ll be taking our first group of construction students from Blackburn College on an educational excursion to learn more about heritage skills and conservation. Students will be able to meet some of the local professionals, specialist and contractors working in the heritage conservation sector. As well as a tour of the Townscape Heritage area, the day will include a site visit to works on going at Blackburn Cathedral and a tour of Darwen Terracotta.
Blackburn town centre is undergoing a major rejuvenation and the town’s built heritage sits at the heart of this. Students will have the opportunity to find out about the Townscape Heritage Project and the ambitious £3 million regeneration plans for the Blakey Moor, Northgate and Lord Street West area of the town centre.
The day will also include a site visit to see works currently being undertaken by building conservation specialists Heritage Conservation Restoration Ltd at Blackburn Cathedral. Funded by the World War I memorial fund, the works to the Cathedral include masonry repairs and repointing to the West Tower, North Transept, and East Chancel walls as well as the renewal of the Tower roof.
This will be followed by a tour of local company, Darwen Terracotta & Faience. With a manufacturing heritage going back over 150 years, the company is a world class specialist in architectural terracotta and faience working on both restoration and new build projects for some of the most prestigious buildings in the UK Europe and USA. The students will learn about the company’s role in building conservation and see first-hand the highly skilled crafts people and manufacturing process from design to finished product.
The event is part of a bespoke heritage skills training programme being delivered as part of the Townscape Heritage Project. The programme is designed to complement the Colleges existing construction courses by introducing students to the specialist skills and materials needed to protect, conserve and restore built heritage and the career opportunities that the heritage conservation and construction sectors can offer.
Over the next five years, the project will provide students with further opportunity for educational excursions, heritage skills master classes and hands on work experience on building conservation projects.
For further details see our events page.