Second Tuesday Talks: 11th August

In the second of our summer series of Second Tuesday Talks, Andrew Arrol (Arrol Architects) will talk about the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, which was destroyed during a devastating fire on 15 April 2019. For more information, please visit our Events page.

You can now register for this event via Zoom. Registration is free and you won’t need a Zoom account to join the webinar.

Second Tuesday Talks

Do you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask a conservation officer, architect or craftsperson about designing new ironwork for heritage settings? This webinar is your opportunity to ask!

We are pleased to announce that the first of the YCCC’s free online Second Tuesday Talks will now include an ‘In Conversation’ session. Following her talk, Bethan will be joined by World Heritage Site Conservation Officer, Adrian Neilson, and award-winning Conservation Architect, Rhys Brookes, for a 30-minute Q&A session. This will enable the audience to hear the different perspectives of all those involved in projects to design of new ironwork for heritage settings, reflecting the collaboration between craftsperson, architect and conservation officer. Together they will answer delegates’ questions and expand the discussion, where appropriate, to give a more rounded outlook.

Full details are available on our Events page.

Please register for this event via Zoom. Registration is free and you won’t need a Zoom account to join the webinar.

Second Tuesday Talks

This summer, the YCCC is running a free series of online events: ‘Second Tuesday Talks’. These informal talks will be held via Zoom at 19:00 on the second Tuesday of each month, from July to September.

In the first talk of the series, on Tuesday 14th July at 19:00, Bethan Griffiths (The Ironwork Studio) will explore how new ironwork is designed for heritage settings. For more information, please visit our Events page.

You can now register for this event via Zoom. Registration is free and you won’t need a Zoom account to join the webinar.

New Emergency Fund for Heritage at Risk

Historic England were very over-subscribed in response to their recent invitation for submissions for their Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund and they offered £1.8 million in grants for 70 projects. On June 9th they announced a second round of funding, the £3m Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund, which will award grants to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs and surveys at of locally-cherished historic buildings and sites. Details of timescales, eligibility and application processes are available on their website.  Applications must be in by the end of August for projects of less than £25,000 which are ready to start by 31st October.

Conservation and Craft Myths: A Window into the YCCC World

Registration is now open for Conservation and Craft Myths: A Window into the YCCC World!

You can find out more about the speakers and their talks here. Please register online.


For Your Diaries: AGM Postponed, but Save the Date!

As many of you will have anticipated, we have decided to postpone the AGM, which was due to be held on 16th June, as well as the John Shannon Memorial Lecture. We hope to have the AGM and lecture in October, whether online or in person.

As many of you will have had the date in your diaries, we have decided to take the opportunity to hosting an online event on 16th June at 7pm. The event, Conservation and Craft Myths: A Window into the YCCC World, will showcase the work of four members, who will each provide a fifteen-minute presentation on the myths they encounter in their field. This will be followed by a twenty-minute Q&A session, where the audience can quiz the panel. Speakers will include Bethan Griffiths (The Ironwork Studio), Susie Clark (Paper and Photographic Conservator and Consultant), Matthias Garn (Matthias Garn Master Mason and Partner) and Keith Barley (Barley Studio).

The free event will be held via Zoom, and instructions for registering will be circulated in the next few days. More information on the speakers and their subjects will soon be added to our website.

For Your Diaries: NHIG Assessing Ironwork Webinar

Not to be deterred by COVID-19 in their quest to bring you the benefit of their expertise, the National Heritage Ironwork Group are holding a new webinar on assessing the condition of heritage ironwork. This informative course will be lead by YCCC committee member, Bethan Griffiths, of The Ironwork Studio.

Assessing Heritage Forged & Cast Ironwork: An Introductory Guide to Reporting, Inspection & Recording

Tickets: £15-£35

Course leader: Bethan Griffiths (The Ironwork Studio)

Date: Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Time: 10:00-12:00 (GMT)

Conservation Reports are a fundamental requirement of good conservation practice but the process can be fraught with confusion:

What should they include?
How long should they be?
How should they be organised?
Who are they for?
Adding to the confusion, the term ‘conservation report’ can be used to refer to a single report or a compilation of reports, and condition reports are also known as condition surveys or condition assessments.

This webinar will provide a short introductory guide to the different types of report categories associated with the first stage of all conservation work: assessment. It will give an overview of the basics to put assessment as a whole into context, but its main focus will be on condition reporting. Overall, it will provide a checklist as a guide to the information condition reports can include.

· Reporting
· Why assess ironwork?
· For whom?
· Report preparation
· When is assessment needed?
· Types of report
· Report writing
· Checklists
· Information gathering
· Decision point ‘triage’

To book for this webinar, please go to the NHIG website.

NOTE: Ticket pricing represents an introductory rate while we establish our online delivery programme.  All proceeds will support the NHIG’s education programme – trainers are volunteering their time free of charge.

For Your Diaries: Bats in Churches LIVE

The Bats in Churches project has announced a weekly live webinar series, which may be of interest to those involved in the care of churches:

Bats in Churches LIVE

Join us on Zoom every Wednesday in May at 13:00 BST for Bats in Churches LIVE, our free online discussion series. Come and chat to our fabulously well-informed, expert guest speakers to delve into the wonderful world of bats and churches. The perfect combo of learning and lunching!

6th May: Britain’s Bat Story

In this event, we’ll take a closer look at bats, the role they play in the ecosystem and how they live. We’ll be looking at how these mammals have fared over the last century and the protection we have in place to help them.

13th May: England’s Church Buildings – Treasure Houses of History
Our panel will explore the importance of the humble parish church looking at architecture, style and use. We will aim to give you some tips on what to look out for when visiting a church and how to make the most of your visit.

20th May: Understanding bats through their DNA
The project is making use of DNA in bat droppings to identify which bat species are using churches, but the study of DNA can help us to learn a lot more than this! We’ll be joined by expert guest speakers to explore current research and the secrets that the bat genome holds.

27th May: The Wonders of Church Wall Paintings
Our panel will explore the imagery of wall paintings, some of the most famous examples, why they were lost after the Reformation, and how they were eventually uncovered and conserved. We will also discuss how we are working with some churches in our project to protect their medieval wall paintings.

For more information, please visit the Bats in Churches website:

Rebuilding Notre Dame

If you haven’t seen it already, this new documentary provides a fascinating insight into the current state of the conservation and repair of this great historic structure- and it reinforces the complementary skills required (architects, scientists, conservators and traditional craftspeople) to carry out this work.

We are pleased to see that the York Minster makes a significant contribution!

2020 Bursary Applicants:

Please have a look at the Bursary page for an update about the potential impact of Covid-19 on the bursary process.