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Learn How To? Maintain Historic Buildings and Harness Heritage Skills! PM Session

20th November 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


On Saturday 20th November, join UAH at Glenarm Castle with ‘The Rock’ Stone Masonry, for a series of workshops encapsulating the themes of our newly released How To? Guides: Maintain Historic Buildings and Harness Heritage Skills.

On the day, two workshops will take place simultaneously, facilitated by ‘The Rock’ Stone Masonry. All attendees will participate in workshop one and two.

As part of the Hands-on Heritage Project, this event is in association with the phased launch of our Heritage: How To? Guides.

Kindly supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. FREE and Open to All. Booking is Essential.


Workshop One

Have you ever wondered how difficult it is to carve stone? Workshop One will take place in ‘The Rock’ Stone Masonry workshop. Experiencing the art of V-Cut Lettering, participants will gain first hand experience in using the tools and techniques associated with this traditional skill. Under the watchful eye of a qualified stone mason, questions and queries surrounding the art of V-Cut Lettering and stone masonry in general will be answered.


Workshop Two

Workshop Two will immerse participants into the world of historic building maintenance. Talking a walk through the historic buildings on Glenarm Estate, participants will look at buildings from a different perspective. Participants will identify maintenance issues, discuss the best practice moving forward and perhaps a maintenance schedule that you could relate to your own historic building or property.


Workshop facilitators:

‘The Rock’ Stone Masonry

‘The Rock’ Stone Masonry derives its name from Nathan Morrow’s family farm at the head of the nine glens of Antrim that is rich in heritage stone buildings and walls. From a young age Nathan has had a passion for heritage building and has always been drawn to the repair of them. Nathan served his apprenticeship with a very skilled and qualified stone mason, learning all aspects of masonry from walling to monumental masonry having carried out conservation repairs to some of the most prestigious listed buildings in Northern Ireland. Having established The Rock Stone Masonry in 2006 the business provides masonry contracts for the private and public sector carrying out restoration, hand carving and maintenance, as well as cladding and repair of bridges. Nathan has obtained a NVQ Lv3 in Heritage Skills with an Assessors Award in the field and an affiliate with the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). Nathan is the Traditional Skills Education Officer for the IHBC NI branch and recently completed the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) Conservation Course.

‘Carved at the Castle’

Over Nathan’s career he found that many traditional skills are slowly being dissolved by modern machinery. So, in 2020 he has collaborated with Glenarm Castle Estate to provide a unique experience for people to learn various aspects of the ancient craft through workshops: ‘Carved at the Castle.’ These workshops will teach participants how to ‘V’ cut letters, lime point historical fabric and carry out maintenance and repairs throughout the estate alongside Nathan and the masons. Specialising in the craft and developing peoples skills by using the ‘hands on’ traditional methods to keep these heritage skills alive.

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20th November 2021
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Glenarm Castle
2 Castle Lane,
Glenarm, Co. Antrim BT44 0BQ


02890 550 213
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