Conservation and Restoration Training 2001-2005
In 2001 we started conservation training with visits from British experts to Transylvania. We trained seven men in lime mortar plasterwork, both in the Saxon villages and in the towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara. The restoration of the facade of the House on the Rock in Sighisoara, completed by us at the end of the summer 2001, is much admired.
In 2002 a German organization (GTZ) awarded us first, second and third prizes for our restoration work in Sibiu. During the summer, our trainers worked in Viscri, Crit, Cloasterf and Malancrav.
In 2003 British conservation trainers taught a second wave of builders in lime mortar techniques as well as masonry, metalwork and joinery. The trainers came on monthly visits to the villages from April until October, working on facades, rooves, shoring up buildings and on churches.
In 2004 our trainers taught yet another wave of builders in lime mortar techniques, masonry, metalwork and joinery, beginning in May and ending in November.
In 2005 a new programme of training will start in the spring, under the guidance of master stonemason Henry Rumbold, aided by conservation specialist Steve Finney. This will take the form of an international British/Romanian Diploma and will result in the awarding of certified qualifications for plasterers, carpenters, stonemasons, bricklayers and foremen under the aegis of the National Heritage Training Group, the Bucharest School of Architecture and the Romanian Government. Any enquiries regarding this scheme should be directed to our London office Tel. 044 (0)20 7229 7618
The first four years' training programme would not have been made possible without the invaluable help and assistance of Ian Pritchett (of IJP Building Conservation Ltd) -- on behalf of everyone in the Saxon villages we would like to thank him enormously.
The MET workers and trainers working on the Pro Patrimonio-owned house in Viscri
BRITISH TRAINERS BIOGRAPHIES
Anthony Goode trained as a bricklayer under the City and Guilds system, before establishing a small rural contracting firm. After gaining a diploma in Building Conservation, he has travelled nationwide to work on high profile conservation projects. In 2001, he trained students in Romania for the Mihai Eminescu Trust. This year he lectured at Trust's seminar in September "Traditional Building Methods and Materials in the Saxon Villages in Transylvania".
Colin Richards is chief conservation office with South Shropshire Council. He first worked for the Trust in Viscri in 2001. This year he has been responsible for building a brick and tile traditional kiln in Viscri. The first firing took place at the end of october 2006.
Henry Rumbold learnt all the techniques involved in preservation of ancient monuments from lime pointing consolidation to the treatment of medieval plaster consolidation when he was employed as a young man by the the Ministry of Works and Public buildings to work at Fountains Abbey. He later became area foreman in charge of preservation in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire while at the same time instructing apprentice stonemasons and joiners in preservation of buildings all over the country. In 1992 his area of responsibility stretched from the Scottish borders down to Derbyshire (and then to Cumbria and Suffolk) and included all monuments under the guardianship of English Heritage.
Steve Finney is a master carpenter of long term experience. His work has ranged from restoring a medieval cruck framed building in Somerset (out of two curved trees), a chantry house in Henly to rebuilding an 18th century windmill in Sussex. He is also a judge for craft scholarships on the Prince's Foundation for Built Heritage.
Kieron Bolster: carpenter / joiner. Knowledge of all aspects of carpentry and joinery both on site and based in a workshop. For the last six years has worked mainly on historic windmills - in particular the Stone Cross windmill in East Sussex.
Harry Cursham: learned craft skills working for St Blaise. Now runs his own building company. He has a deep knowledge of lime and is an accomplished plasterer/mason. Worked on the full restoration of the Palladian bridge at Prior Park, Bath.
Phil Gaches: specialist plasterer with up to twenty years experience. His most important work has been in the restoration at Windsor Castle.
Sean Wheatley: also has fifteen years experience in plaster work. His most high profile work has been at Althorp.