12th November 2024

Visitor Information

Entrance to this major heritage conservation day is FREE OF CHARGE.

The event is free and designed for everyone in the historic buildings, landscape conservation and heritage sectors. Owners, guardians, volunteers and professionals from all sectors.

About the Event

Join us on Tuesday 12th November 2024 for a very special Historic Buildings, Parks & Gardens Event (HBPGE). The event is free to attend and held annually in parallel with Historic Houses National AGM, which is attended by hundreds of members and other stakeholders from across the heritage sector. Join them at the HBPGE as they mark the end of a year-long programme of anniversary-themed celebrations and events.

Visitors will be able to listen to the address by Martha Cobbold, President of Historic Houses*, and enjoy talks and panel discussions from their guest speakers* as well as hear a selection of short talks, and view live demonstrations given by experts about practical skills and conservation techniques.

Our Event is all about the care, repair, conservation, maintenance, preservation and restoration of Historic Buildings including interiors, Historic Landscapes, Parks & Gardens. The all-day exhibition consists of companies and organisations offering advice, solutions, guidance and support, as well as a wide and diverse range of products and services. Ranging from the traditional to cutting edge technology and across all areas of historic building and landscape conservation.

The programme includes the all day exhibition, keynote speeches and awards as well as live demonstrations and short talks by experts running throughout the day. Demonstration’s cover, practical skills, conservation techniques and products & services. We will be announcing the demonstrations later in the summer but you will be assured of an interesting and rewarding day. For details of demonstrations click here.

Who’s Exhibiting?

Examples of the types of services and advice represented at the exhibition include; interior and exterior building conservation, repair and decoration, garden and landscape design and restoration, lighting, security, building alterations & extensions, carpet restoration, information technology, cast stone, columns & pilasters, estate management, gates, gilding, ironwork, terracotta, textiles, windows, fine art restoration, auctions, energy conservation, valuations, catering, insurance, gifts, souvenirs, publishing, printing, event management and many, many more.

Admission

FREE ADMISSION is available to everyone in the historic buildings, landscape conservation and heritage sectors. This includes owners of historic buildings, parks & gardens, private or commercial, historic landscapes and all those who are involved in their upkeep, restoration or conservation.

 

Event Information

Registration for 2024

Pre-registration for the Historic Buildings, Parks & Gardens Event will open is early 2024.

Entrance to this major heritage conservation day is free of charge to everyone in the historic buildings, landscape conservation and heritage sectors. Owners, guardians, volunteers and professionals from all sectors are welcome.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on Tel: 01462 896688

Historic Houses members are not eligible for our pre-registration offer and should register with Historic Houses.

2023 Programme

9.00AM Historic Buildings Parks & Gardens Event opens. All day Exhibition of products and services with 75 exhibitors.

Tea, coffee and refreshments available, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall

9.45AM Demonstration from SPAB Guardian, Lynn Mathias, Director of Mathias Brick and Flint and expert in Gauged Brickwork, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall,  Stand E64.

9.45AM Adam Architecture, Short talk on Upgrading historic building’s energy performance and efficiency Sustainability expert Dr Martina Pacifici talks about the importance of the UK’s historic building stock in the context of the climate change and UK Net-Zero policy; upgrading energy performance and efficiency, possible increases in value, reduction in operational costs and achievement of high-profile energy certifications, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 2.

10.00AM Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, Heritage and History | The Price of ProvenanceThe importance of ‘Provenance’ in adding value to items consigned to sale whether it be silver, furniture, Jewellery or works of art etc, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 1.

10.00AM Cliveden Conservation, Practical demonstration of how to protect historic statues and decorative stonework from frost and water damage with the application of Winter Covers, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Stand E61.

10.20AM Crown and Canopy, Glamping and the wonderful world of luxury outdoor accommodation, 12 years in, what are the opportunities, options, and an industry updateWith many shapes and forms, glamping is a broad term for what is now a very broad church. A discussion led by industry experts on what the opportunity can mean for an estate or historical house. Learn more about where the opportunities lie, where the industry is at, and the options for development and likely returns. E59 & Demo Area 1.

10.30AM Building Crafts College, Practical demos in woodcarving. Arthur Campbell, student at the BCC gives a woodwork practical demo, cutting dovetail joints and assembling all the elements of a cabinet draw, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 2.

10.30AM Hostology, Improving event management efficiency, Phil Godsal, chair of Historic Houses Wales gives a short presentation for venues interested in improving event management efficiency, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 1.

11.00AM Demonstration from SPAB Guardian, Lynn Mathias, Director of Mathias Brick and Flint and expert in Gauged Brickwork, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Stand E64.

11.00AM Historic Houses AGM (Historic House Members only), Churchill Auditorium 

11.30AM Address by Martha Cobbold, Historic Houses President*, Churchill Auditorium 

11.50AM Historic Houses Guest Speaker *, Lord Parkinson, Churchill Auditorium 

12.00PM Historic Houses Awards *, Churchill Auditorium 

12.15PM Building Crafts College, Practical demos in woodcarving. Arthur Campbell, student at the BCC gives a woodwork practical demo, cutting dovetail joints and assembling all the elements of a cabinet draw, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 2.

12.30PM Cliveden Conservation, Practical demonstration of how to protect historic statues and decorative stonework from frost and water damage with the application of Winter Covers, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Stand E61.

1.30PM Crown and Canopy, Glamping and the wonderful world of luxury outdoor accommodation, 12 years in, what are the opportunities, options, and an industry updateWith many shapes and forms, glamping is a broad term for what is now a very broad church. A discussion led by industry experts on what the opportunity can mean for an estate or historical house. Learn more about where the opportunities lie, where the industry is at, and the options for development and likely returns. E59 & Demo Area 1.

2.00PM Historic Houses Savills Lecture*, Lord Montagu, Churchill Auditorium

2.15PM Demonstration from SPAB Guardian, Lynn Mathias, Director of Mathias Brick and Flint and expert in Gauged Brickwork, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Stand E64

2.30PM Building Crafts College, Practical demos in stone carving, Adeline Wartner. Tutor at the BCC will be giving a stone carving demo, Carving a Tudor rose, the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England. It consists of five inner petals representing the House of York, and five outer petals representing the House of Lancaster, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 2.

2.30PM Historic Houses Panel Discussion: ‘The past, present and future of Historic Houses’*, Julie Montagu, Penny Cobham and Norman Hudson and Ewan Frost-Pennington, Churchill Auditorium

3.15PM  SPAB Technical & Research Director, Douglas Kent, Short talk on ‘Key Tips for dealing with Dampness’, Dampness is the biggest cause of deterioration in buildings. Standard solutions that are used to treat dampness in modern properties may be highly inappropriate and ineffective in traditionally constructed (pre-c1919) ones. In order to successfully treat dampness problems it is important to understand their nature and causes, how to accurately diagnose them and the range of methods suitable for their control in older buildings. This talk will offer a few pointers, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 1 

3.15PM Anniversary Reception, Britten Lounge (Historic Houses members ticket only)

4.00PM Celebrating 50 Years, Special Address by Ben Cowell Director General, Historic Houses, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 2

4.15PM Building Crafts College, Practical demos in stone carving, Adeline Wartner. Tutor at the BCC will be giving a stone carving demo, Carving a Tudor rose, the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England. It consists of five inner petals representing the House of York, and five outer petals representing the House of Lancaster, 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Demo Area 2.

4.30PM Demonstration from SPAB Guardian, Lynn Mathias, Director of Mathias Brick and Flint and expert in Gauged Brickwork. 3rd Floor Exhibition Hall, Stand E64.

*By kind permission of Historic Houses and subject to seating availability