Skills from the past for the fu­ture

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FEATURE -

Camp­bel­town CARS 2015-20 is not just about re­pair­ing build­ings – it’s about mak­ing sure that their up­keep con­tin­ues into the fu­ture.

That’s why fund­ing through His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land (HES) is pay­ing for a train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes through­out the pro­gramme.

The main fo­cus is on up­skilling lo­cal con­trac­tors and build­ing pro­fes­sion­als. Spe­cial­ist train­ing providers will de­liver tra­di­tional skills train­ing cour­ses in Camp­bel­town dur­ing 2018/19.

CARS, through HES, also de­liv­ers an Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme to en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the man­age­ment of their her­itage. Events to date in­clude the Camp­bel­town: Suc­cess Built in Stone ex­hi­bi­tion, which at­tracted over 2000 vis­i­tors. Other suc­cess­ful events in­cluded a sem­i­nar on Keep­ing Warm in Older Homes and work­shops ad­vis­ing build­ing own­ers on the re­pair and main­te­nance of their prop­er­ties.

P7 pupils from Castle­hill Pri­mary School have been ex­plor­ing what it was like to live in the Wee Toon 100 years ago. Work­ing with the Walk­ing The­atre Com­pany, the imag­i­na­tive pupils used their find­ings to stage a play last year and, more re­cently, por­trayed char­ac­ters from old pho­to­graphs in a short film called Pic­ture Us, which is avail­able on the in­ter­net here http://bit.ly/Pic­tureUs.

Five new tra­di­tional skills cour­ses have been planned based on pop­u­lar de­mand, fol­low­ing a sur­vey of lo­cal con­trac­tors to de­ter­mine which train­ing would be of most in­ter­est to them. They are:

26 June 2018

Lime Aware­ness Day;

19 Sept 2018

Tra­di­tional Ten­e­ments;

14 Nov 2018

Tra­di­tional Roof­ing and High Level Works;

27 Feb 2019

Tra­di­tional Win­dows and Doors

1 May 2019

Tra­di­tional In­ter­nal Plaster­work. If you would like to book space on one of the cour­ses, please con­tact 01586 559048 or email james.laf­ferty@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

Castle­hill pupils film Pic­ture Us.

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