Learn traditional craft skills at Calverley Old Hall


By Anne Akers

Ever wanted to create your own leaded lights? Or maybe try your hand at joinery? How about brickwork? Or maybe build a timber-framed building? Or have a go at lime plastering and stone masonry?

The Landmark Trust, which owns the historic Calverley Old Hall, is offering a series of free workshops on these traditional craft skills this summer.

After an appeal for jobseekers to take part in the six-week Sector-Based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) nine people have signed up for the programme at the Old Hall, which starts next week.

Photo: Landmark Trust

The SWAP consists of a series of short, specialist training workshops and hands-on sessions, covering lime plastering, brick work, stone masonry and leaded lights. There is even the opportunity to learn carpentry and joinery skills by helping construct a timber framed hut in the garden. The Trust is offering a limited number of places on the individual workshops, which range from two to five days. These are:

Lime burning and stone masonry, June 14-16 Over the course of the 3 days, you will learn more about lime burning and stone masonry, and have the opportunity to have a go yourself.

Build a timber-framed building, June 20-24 (sold out)

Lime plastering, 27 June to 1 July Over the course of the 5 days, you will help to fill in the panels of the walls of a timber framed building on the site using various techniques, including lime plastering and wattle and daub.

Leaded lights – 6-7 July Over the course of the 2 days, you will learn about using lead, soldering and cutting glass, and have the chance to create your own leaded lights glass window.

Brickwork, 11-15 July Over the course of the 5 days, you will learn more about brickwork and learn different techniques for working with bricks.

Joinery, 18-20 July Over the course of the 3 days, you will learn more about joinery techniques and put them into practice to make your own wood creation.

Tickets are free of charge. Spaces are extremely limited and are bookable on a first come first served basis. Lunch is provided.

Last month the Landmark Trust was awarded £1.6 million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to renovate the historic building.

Calverley Old Hall is Grade I-listed and currently among the most at-risk buildings in England. The two-year project will bring the whole site into new use with self-catering holiday accommodation for 10 alongside dedicated space for local communities. 

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