Tavistock Heritage Initiative – Specialist Conservation Lectures

The Tavistock THI is sponsoring a series of five specialist conservation lectures developed in partnership with Tavistock Heritage Trust between June and November this year.

The first lecture is due to take place at 7.30 p.m. in the Bedford Hotel, Tavistock on Tuesday 19 June, featuring eminent expert Torquil McNeilage on ‘Restoring Stonework and Plaster’.

Admission is free of charge and includes a complimentary supper.

Places are limited - book online at: www.heritageintavistock.org

19th June 2018 – Restoring Stonework & Plaster


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9th July 2018 – Aspects of Polychrome Revealed through the Conservation of Devon’s Built Heritage

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19th September 2018 - Stonework Repair and Repointing

Piers Denny’s talk: ‘Stonework repair and repointing’
Much of the character and beauty of historic buildings is found in the relationship of colours and textures in the stone and mortars used in their construction.
The talk explores the technical advantages of lime mortars and current practise in building repair.

18th October 2018 - Medieval Woodwork

Hugh Harrison’s talk: ‘Medieval woodwork ‘
This talk will cover Devon roodscreens and the work of Herbert Read (full description to be confirmed)

14th November 2018 - What Archaeologists do to Buildings

Stuart Blaylock’s talk ‘What archaeologists do to buildings’
Description of talk:
'Popular perception is that the natural habitat of the archaeologist is down a muddy hole, and people do not expect to find us on scaffolding. But studying the above-ground parts of buildings is a natural extension of the art of archaeological interpretation. The talk will explore the ways that archaeologists interact with historic buildings, based on the speaker's long experience in the West Country and elsewhere.'


Lecture Descriptions and Timings - For more information on the Lectures and timings please click here.