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Masterclasses from May – June

Buildings in Need Upcoming Masterclasses this Summer!

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund


19th May 2-4pm: Peterborough Local Studies Archives Masterclass, FREE

Find out how to use the archives for research into your family history, house history or history of an area.  Booking is essential, please contact alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk


Maintaining Historic Buildings: Rot, Re-Use and Calling in the Professionals! Wednesday 23rd May 2012, Peterborough. FREE

Shape East is delighted to announce this free afternoon Masterclass, taking place as part of Peterborough’s HLF funded Buildings in Need programme: https://peterboroughbuildingsinneed.wordpress.com/events/

This afternoon Masterclass will provide professional expertise on the maintenance of historic buildings, allowing attendees to better understand how to protect their pre-1918 properties through maintenance, as well as possible adaptation and re-use. The session will offer legal, monetary and practical advice on maintaining your historic building, using both successful and unsuccessful examples to excite, engage and caution participants! Booking is essential, please contact alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk


24th May 7pm: Bats and Historic Buildings Masterclass, FREE

With Anthony Mould, Cambridge Bat Group and James Fisher, Wildlife Officer, Peterborough City Council. Over 90% of historic churches contain bats, and St Pega’s in Peakirk is no exception. The evening will begin with a talk from Antony on bats, then in the workshop you will find out what signs of bats to look out for and you can take part in a bat walk around the area with a bat detector. Whether you are interested in wildlife or have bats living in your house or neighbourhood this talk will be an entertaining and engaging look at the only flying mammals in Britain. It will also be of interest to Church wardens. The talk is at 7pm – 8.30pm and the bat walk ends at 10pm at latest. You can come to both or just the talk. This event is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Peterborough Buildings in Need project.

Booking is essential, please contact alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk


Free Building Maintenance Training June 9, 10.00 –13.30 Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre

Join us at Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre for a fun half day course on Building Maintenance in association with The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Topics covered by architect Sara Crofts will include:


  • an outline of building conservation and approaches to the care of old buildings
  • an overview of traditional materials and building construction techniques
  • specialist advice on common building problems such as damp and timber decay
  • top tips on how to manage maintenance and who to turn to for help

To book a place contact Alice Kershaw on: alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk  or phone (01733 317480)


Thursday June 28 Buildings in Need Celebration Event, FREE 6-8pm

St Johns Church Peterborough City Centre

A free event open to all, come along and find out about the Heritage Lottery Funded Buildings in Need Project, which has been running in Peterborough since October 2011. See the results of the surveys and learn about what makes Peterborough’s historic core great. Stalls, talks and events on the night, light refreshments available. More information on http://www.peterboroughbuildingsinneed.wordpress.com or through alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk. Booking essential.

Check out the project website (www.peterboroughbuildingsinneed.wordpress.com) for the full list of events, further details, and resources from previous events and workshops.



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