12th November 2024


Since 2019 when we introduced live practical demonstrations to the event, they have rapidly become an important part of the event proving very popular with visitors. For 2024 we plan to offer a range of live practical demonstrations as well as a chance to meet experts from specialist organisations, suppliers and professionals, who are on hand to help with all aspects of historic buildings, landscape and heritage conservation.

Examples of demonstrations previously arranged are below:

  • Architectural Paint research and 3D scanning in a heritage context
  • Timber decay, dry rot and water ingress
  • Oil painting cleaning
  • Methods of packing and storing textiles and family heirlooms
  • A comprehensive guide to the care and repair of rug and carpet collections
  • How creating immersive light show walks in gardens or historic buildings act as a visitor attraction
  • Architectural Stone work on a stiff leaf capital
  • letter cutting in stone
  • Woodcarving & Gilding
  • How to light a painting
  • Using Roman waterproofing lime plaster
  • Combining fine art security, tracking and monitoring with visitor interaction using Bluetooth
  • The importance of monitoring cracks in buildings both external and internal on walls, floors and ceilings
  • Protecting heritage properties from insect attack and damage
  • Gauged Brickwork.
  • Cutting dovetail joints and assembling a cabinet draw.
  • Carving a Tudor rose in stone.
  • Protecting historic statues and decorative stonework

photo credit:  Layton Thompson © Historic Houses