Free Heritage Skills Training in Prescot

By on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

prescotthi-logo(Press release: Knowsley Council)

Work is well underway on the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) – a £3.2million project which will see the repair and restoration of the town’s historic fabric.  The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1.85 million to the project, with additional funding provided by Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust and central government’s Empty Homes Fund.

As well as repairing and restoring buildings, Prescot THI is also providing training opportunities in heritage and conservation skills.

The first heritage skills training event – Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings – will take place on 3 and 4 December 2013 at the Deane’s House, Church Street, Prescot.

The course will cover the theory and practicalities of conserving traditional (pre-1919) buildings.  It will be delivered by skilled and experienced craftspeople from the Building Crafts College, based in London.

There are a small number of free places available on this two-day course, which is co-funded by the National Heritage Training Group, English Heritage, Prescot THI and Liverpool Ropewalks THI.

This is an accredited course, which will provide delegates with valuable continuous professional development as well as evidence for those studying Heritage Skills level 3 Crafts Diplomas.

The course is particularly beneficial to property owners, property managers, contractors, and built environment professionals or anyone who have a real interest in history and heritage conservation.

To find out more about the course, or to book a place, visit

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills, said: “Prescot THI is progressing well, with improvements to Leyland Street already completed and more recently, grant approvals of £300,000 for work to commence in the spring on building repairs.”

“The Prescot THI not only offers improvements to buildings and structure, but provides a valuable training element on building conservation.  The limited number of free places on the course has only come about because of the THI and we hope that local contractors, professionals and property owners will take up the opportunity this course offers.”

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