Maintaining and repairing a heritage building needs specialist building skills and approaches to retain its important heritage fabric as well as its relevance and purpose.
Using traditional materials is vital, but it is also important that you understand how they have been used to work together to both protect and enhance the structure as a whole.
Building Conservation: building traditional skills
National Heritage Training Group: heritage resources
Specialists and tradespeople
The knowledge and practical skills to work sympathetically on heritage buildings using the original materials and techniques takes specialist training. You should always ensure that anyone working on your church has these skills and experience.
National Churches Trust: finding specialists and tradespeople
If you would like to learn more about traditional or sustainable building techniques, or gain some practical experience, there are several good training courses available.
Building Conservation: craft training courses
Dorset Centre for Rural Skills: courses
National Stone Centre: training
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: courses