15th November 2022


Live demonstrations and short talks programme

Held throughout the day, experts will demonstrate practical skills, conservation techniques and give short talks on issues ranging from dampness, timber decay and dry rot to sculpture, silk weaving, rug and carpet restoration, and the conservation of decorative arts.

We are adding to the programme all the time so please check back regularly.

 Already confirmed are:

  • The SPAB, Technical and Research Director Douglas Kent, will give short talk on the subject of dampness. The SPAB will also be running a free advice surgery throughout the day.
  • Tassinari et Chatel, a silk weaving company from Lyon dating back to the 17th Century, has woven silks for palaces all over Europe and still does today. Their archivist will be hosting a short talk during the Event. Sharing her amazing knowledge.
  • Hutton & Rostron, will host a demonstration covering timber decay, dry rot and water ingress. You will also have a chance to see Pip the Rot Hound in action!
  • Vennersys, will demonstrate, how gift aid can be part of the online journey, with the ability to upsell, create journey flows and feels like the website.
  • Rug & Carpet Studio, details TBC.


The Institute of Conservation (Icon) will run a rolling programme of demonstrations by expert conservators covering a wide range of subjects including:

  • Celeste Sturgeon of Lincoln Conservation, is an Icon member with expertise in Architectural Paint Research, 3D object scanning and replication, and 3D scanning of heritage buildings to produce Virtual Immersive Environments.
  • Rebecca Bissonnet Icon member and textile conservator gives a practical demonstration on how to construct padded hangers for practical storage of costumes.
  • Jacqui Hyman of The Textile Restoration Studio. Icon member and textile conservator will demonstrate the importance of the correct method of packing for storage of family heirlooms.

Meet the experts

The SPAB, The Victorian Society, Icon, London Gardens Trust, Churches Conservation Trust, Professional Gardeners Guild, The Gardens Trust and many specialist organisations, suppliers and professionals are on hand to help with all aspects of historic buildings, landscape and heritage conservation.

photo credit:  Layton Thompson © Historic Houses