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Alice Kershaw has written 11 posts for PeterboroughBuildingsinNeed

A Poem for Buildings in Need by Keely Mills

A poem for Buildings in Need

There is Poetry in the Walls

Never stop listening to the tales, that are recorded in the walls.
Stories trapped in brick, that ache to be told.
Slithers of epics that breathe from out of gates and guildhalls.
All past kisses and their hopes gathered in.
Conserve every detail, as though sweeping off dust from a jewel.
Buildings can be demolished like love pacts.
Scrubbed away, one day strong like the ground beneath, then-
scratched from the view, without a slab to see.
Look up at edifices till the sky bleeds into every aspect, bring to light-
the possibilities that beat from within.
Understand that even hollow spaces are not empty, just uncharted prospects.
Look down and you will not see the same old street,
instead a platform where markets bustled and brimmed with traders and town subjects.
Look closer and there are masterclasses,
Where lions fight unicorns and kings from centuries sit above, watching.
Treat the heart of the city as though it was indeed your own,crystallised
Appreciate its jagged curves and doors.
Delight in its finery, the nuts and bolts which make it peculiar and prized.
There is poetry in the walls and you must listen harder to hear it,
stare closer to see it, become aware that-
The buildings that surround you need a champion to stop and recgonise.

By Keely Mills

June 19th 2012

Keely Mills was the Poet Laureate of Peterborough for 2009, meaning she has studied an apprenticeship  in how to advocate and support the cracking poetry scene both locally and nationally. She has performed at many different events from the Houses of Parliament, festivals like Transeuropa and Village Green to her favourite gigs which are WI luncheons.
Keely is a creative producer who previously organised ‘Speakeasy’ along with Mark Grist, which was one of Peterborough’s and the UK’s premiere poetry nights. She is now co-producing with an arts collective called Blok, a new venture called ‘Verbal Remedies’ which will again support poetry and arts talent from across the UK by creating an imaginative showcase for them and the audience involved. She is also an experienced lecturer and leader and has facilitated different workshops from poetry to compereing skills, most notably she worked with Fermywoods Contemporary Arts to create with a group of ten year olds, some signs for an extensive art project, that were so coveted by the public that they were stealing them.
Keely’s poetry style has been described as ‘Dawn French on acid’ and ‘the pick and mix at Woolworths’ with a style more Richard Pryor than Pam Ayres.
By day, Keely works as project manager for Platform Peterborough, which is part of Eastern Angles theatre co and also as a freelance creative producer, all in all a busy lady.
 
http://www.overgroundarts.org/

Summer Masterclasses!

Peterborough Buildings in Need Masterclasses for June

Events will be posted up here as soon as they are finalised. Please check back or email alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk for more details and to be put on a mailing list. For previous events check out the Resources section and drop down menu.

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)

18th June 6-8pm Dry Stone Walling Masterclass, FREE Peterborough Regional College,

Dry Stone Walls add to the significance of the built environment of Peterborough’s rural areas.PeterboroughRegionalCollegeare offering all prospective students a chance to try this unique skill at their open day on Monday 18 June at 6.00pm – 8.00pm. The taster event, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the ‘Buildings in Need’ project, will suit all ages and experiences, from a novice to an experienced waller.  The taster will involve hands on physical activity in an outdoor setting and is suitable for persons of all ages, providing you are reasonably fit and well. So why not come and give it a go and be a part of the growing number of people who are contributing to the conservation of our natural heritage. No need to book, just turn up!

Buildings in Need at Peterborough Heritage Festival, 23 and 24 June

There will be two special walking tours of the city buildings as part of the Heritage Festival this year for Buildings in Need. Check the daily heritage festival handouts for details.

NEW HERITAGE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

Tuesday 19 June 6pm – 9pm

Media & Journalism Centre

Wednesday 20 June 6pm – 9pm

Media & Journalism Centre

University Centre Peterborough and Opportunity Peterborough as part of their Building’s in Need project have formed a partnership to provide this free two day course. It will give photography enthusiasts the opportunity to photograph some of Peterborough’s hidden heritage such as the Cathedral, Guidhall, Peterborough Museum and the old Public Library to name but a few.

The second session will give participants the opportunity to learn how to manipulate some of their images using Photoshop. Spaces for this course are limited to 15. You need to be over 18 or supervised by a parent to attend. Each parent will be included as one of the allocated spaces. To book a FREE place please email Jenny Fensome jenny.fensome@peterborough.ac.uk

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 inPeterboroughsince 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.

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
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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.

Updated Summer Masterclasses

20th April: Legislation and ‘At Risk’ Masterclass with Shape East, FREE

Legislation and Historic Buildings: Help or Hindrance?

Friday 20th April 2012

2-5pm

The afternoon session will provide professional and engaging advice on the role of legislation for ‘at risk’ and historic buildings, using debate and case studies to discuss, challenge and put into practice our current legislative dilemmas.

Topics to be discussed:

The ‘at risk’ designation and its meaning.

How current legislation affects historic buildings.

How legislation can help but also hinder historic and ‘at risk’ buildings and local built environments more generally

How the UK’s legislation differs from that of its European counterparts and how this might affect a rethink of our current status quo

To book a place please contact Alice Kershaw, Heritage Regeneration Officer, on 01733317480 or email alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

 

28th April 2-5 pm  Heritage Interpretation Masterclass, FREE

 

Tutors: Stuart Orme, Interpretation Manager, Heritage Service, Vivacity Culture and Leisure Trust & Brian Jones, City Tour Guide

 

How do you tell stories about our past? Learn the basic skills of how to interpret an object, building or a piece of our past with no physical evidence! Find out how to put together your own walking tour, presentation or display on a place, object or property, with the Interpretation Manager for Peterborough Museum, Longthorpe Tower and Flag Fen, and creator of Peterborough’s popular ghost walks. Great for increasing your presentation, display and public speaking skills and confidence!

 

Limited places so pre-booking essential alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk or 017333317480

May

19th May 2 -4 pm Peterborough Local Studies Archives Masterclass ‘Researching People and Places’, FREE

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

23rd May – 2-5pm Maintenance and Building Usage Masterclass, FREE

with Shape East, location TBA

Why should you maintain historic buildings? When is it better just to mothball them? Find out with this half day free masterclass. Booking essential. alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

24th May Bats and Historic Buildings Masterclass 7pm start FREE

Location: St Pegas Church, Peakirk, Peterborough

With Antony Mould, Cambridge Bat Group, and James Fisher, Wildlife Officer, Peterborough City Council ,

Find out about British bats, where they live, how to encourage them and do building and repair work around them. 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 neighborhood 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.

Talk at 7pm – 8.30 at latest and bat walk ends at 10pm at latest. You can come to both or just the talk. Booking essential. This event is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Peterborough Buildings in Need project.

Book through: alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

Free Masterclasses this summer!

Peterborough Buildings in Need Masterclasses 2012

All the dates for the 2012 Masterclasses are now finalised, see below for information on what free events we have coming up! Also mark your diaries for the celebration event marking the end of the project.

Events will be posted up on the ‘Events page’ as soon as they are finalised. Please check back or email alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk for more details and to be put on a mailing list. For previous events check out the Resources section and drop down menu.

All events are free and need to be booked in advance. After the events notes and resources will be put on this site.

April

20th April: Legislation and ‘At Risk’ Masterclass with Shape East, FREE

Legislation and Historic Buildings: Help or Hindrance?

Friday 20th April 2012

2-5pm

The afternoon session will provide professional and engaging advice on the role of legislation for ‘at risk’ and historic buildings, using debate and case studies to discuss, challenge and put into practice our current legislative dilemmas.

Topics to be discussed:

The ‘at risk’ designation and its meaning.

How current legislation affects historic buildings.

How legislation can help but also hinder historic and ‘at risk’ buildings and local built environments more generally

How the UK’s legislation differs from that of its European counterparts and how this might affect a rethink of our current status quo

To book a place please contact Alice Kershaw, Heritage Regeneration Officer, on 01733317480 or email alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

28th April 2-5 pm Walking Tour Masterclass, FREE

Find out how to put together your own walking tour, of a place or of an individual property, with the creator of Peterborough’s popular ghost walks. Great for increasing your presentation skills and confidence talking to the public!

Stuart Orme, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. Booking essential alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

May

19th May 2 -4 pm 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 essential. alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

23rd May – 2-5pm Maintenance and Building Usage Masterclass, FREE

with Shape East, location TBA

Why should you maintain historic buildings? When is it better just to mothball them? Find out with this half day free masterclass. Booking essential. alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

24th May Bats and Historic Buildings Masterclass 6-7.30 pm FREE

with James Fisher, Wildlife Officer, Peterborough City Council , location: St Pegas Church, Peakirk

Find out about bats, where they live, how to encourage them and work around them. The evening will also show you how to spot bats in the stunning surroundings of St Pega’s Church. Timings subject to change. Booking essential. alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

June

9th June – Homeowners Masterclass with SPAB, FREE

Sacrewell Farm

More info to come

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 makesPeterborough’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.

Lunchtime Lectures Line-up

Welcome to the first blog post of 2012. The next series of Lunchtime lectures starts on February 21st, with the brilliant Stuart Orme talking about the Ghosts of Peterborough, something anyone who has ever been on his ghost walks will agree he is an expert in.

See below for the full list and check the events listing for other stand alone events as they come up, there are still loads in the planning!

21st February 1pm to 1.45pm, Lunchtime Lecture,St  , Stuart Orme – The Ghosts of Peterborough

From the creator of the hugely popular Peterborough Ghost walk! Find out how the walk was created and hear about some of the ghastly ghouls, scary spectres and petrifying phantoms that stalk the streets (and buildings) of the Peterborough area. You may want to check under your bed afterwards…

28th February 1pm until 1.45 pm, Lunchtime Lecture, St Johns Church, Brian Jones ‘The Hamlet to the East’; Boongate, Peterborough: A Microcosm of Victorian Urbanisation

6th March 1pm, Lunchtime Lecture,St Johns Church, Stephen Perry, A History of Broadway

13th March 1pm, Lunchtime Lecture, St Johns Church, Vernacular Architecture of Peterborough and Cambridge, David Grech, Historic Areas Advisor, English Heritage

20th March 1pm, Lunchtime Lecture, St Johns Church, David Jost and Tony Wood, Peterborough Civic Society ‘Peterborough in Detail’

27th March, 1pm, Lunchtime Lecture, St Johns Church, Wildlife and Buildings, James Fisher, Wildlife Officer

They were the lectures that were…

Dr Jackie Hall lectures in St John's Church

Dr Jackie Hall lectures in St John's Church

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Lunchtime Lectures, which finished today with a lecture by Dr Jackie Hall on the oldest building in the City Centre Conservation Area, and the city, Peterborough Cathedral. Over 300 of you have attended the lectures in St Johns Church over the last six weeks. Amongst many other things we have learned the following (click on the point to see more):

 

 

1) Dicken’s wasn’t a fan of the catering in Peterborough station

2) London’s Southbank could show Peterborough the way forward

3) Peterborough has 29 Conservation Areas, including the City Centre

4) The Georgians did do something for us…

5) The bridge across the Nene used to be wooden

6) The Hedda stone pre-dates the Vikings

Next year we start all over again on February 21st at 1pm. Workshops are ongoing! Keep an eye on the ‘Resources’ tab for more.

Updated Lectures, Events and Workshops

Steve Bowyer

Steve lectures in St John's Church, Peterborough

So far we have had some great lectures from Brian Jones on Victorian Peterborough, who told us about what Charles Dickens thought of the catering at Peterborough Station, and from Steve Bowyer, who highlighted the use of heritage and history in regeneration. There are still four more lectures and several masterclasses to go this Autumn, with more events being booked in all the time for 2012, check the Events tab for further details.

 

Lunchtime LecturesSt Johns Church, Peterborough City Centre 1 -1.45pm No Booking Required

25th Oct – What Makes Peterborough City Centre a ‘Conservation Area’? Jo Burton

1st Nov – Georgian Peterborough, Stuart Orme

8th Nov –Peterborough and the coming of the Railways, Brian White

15th Nov – The Archaeology of Peterborough Cathedral, Dr Jackie Hall

Workshops and training – Booking Required for some events

Free Social Media Training Masterclass  October 26th 1-5pm 

Location: Railworld. As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Buildings in Need’ project a free half day course in how to share project work and key messages using social media is taking place on October 26th in a Peterborough City Centre location. Learn how your organisation or site can benefit from using social media in this half day course from social media expert James Mott from Projectbook.

Archives Afternoon – November 5th 1.30 – 3.30pm, Peterborough Central Library, FREE

Join Richard Hillier in the Central Library Archives to learn all about the history of the city centre, vernacular architecture ofPeterborough, fascinating local buildings and an introduction to finding them using a variety of archives and printed sources. Referencing indexes, film and microfiche this afternoon course will give you a good idea of what is in the Archives, how to use it, and the history ofPeterboroughcity centre buildings.

Booking required. To book contact alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk or call 01733 317480

Conservation Area Appraisal Masterclass Thursday 10th November – 10am

Time and date: 10am-12pm November 10 Location: Stuart House East,Peterborough,PE1 5DD

Speaker: Joanna Burton, Beacon Planning: During her time at Beacon Planning, Joanna has worked on the draft City Centre Appraisal for Peterborough. Booking essential. Book through alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

Architectural Drawing Evening Classes – 17 November 6 -8 pm and 8 December, St John’s Church, Peterborough City Centre, 6-8pm – FREE

Using St Johns Church in Peterborough City Centre as a base and as inspiration these two hour classes will teach you some of the basics of Architectural drawing. Each course will cover a different subject so come to either or both. All materials are provided. Handmade in Peterborough Craft Fair will also be underway in St Johns during this course.

Booking required. To book contact alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk or call 01733 317 480

Lectures, Events and Workshops: Autumn 2011

This Autumn there is a series of free lectures and workshops to come along to as part of the Buildings in Need project. Please see below and check out the Events tab for more details.

Lunchtime LecturesSt Johns Church, Peterborough City Centre 1-145pm No Booking Required

11th Oct – Victorian Peterborough, Brian Jones

18th Oct – Heritage, History and Regeneration, Steve Bowyer

25th Oct – What Makes Peterborough City Centre a ‘Conservation Area’? Jo Burton

1st Nov – Georgian Peterborough, Stuart Orme

8th Nov –Peterborough and the coming of the Railways, Brian White

15th Nov – The Archaeology of Peterborough Cathedral, Dr Jackie Hall

Workshops and training – Booking Required for some events

Thursday 20th Oct– 6pm – Evening Lecture, St John’s Church, Peterborough City Centre – Revitalising City Centres, Steve Bowyer, no booking required

October 26th 1-5pm  Free Social Media Training Masterclass

Location: Railworld. As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Buildings in Need’ project a free half day course in how to share project work and key messages using social media is taking place on October 26th in a Peterborough City Centre location. Learn how your organisation or site can benefit from using social media in this half day course from social media expert James Mott from Projectbook.

Saturday 5th November – 1pm Afternoon Masterclass at Peterborough Archives on how to use the archives, the history of the city centre and how to find out the history of individual buildings. Book through alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

Thursday 10th November – 10am Conservation Area Appraisal Masterclass

Time and date: 10am-12pm November 10 Location: Stuart House East,Peterborough,PE1 5DD

Speaker: Joanna Burton, Beacon Planning: During her time at Beacon Planning, Joanna has worked on the draft City Centre Appraisal for Peterborough. Booking essential. Book through alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

Thursday 17th November – 6pm Architectural Draftsmanship Masterclass, St John’s Church, Peterborough City Centre, all materials provided, booking essential. Book through alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

Thursday 8th December – 6pm Architectural Details Masterclass, St Johns Church, Peterborough City Centre, all materials provided, booking essential, booking forms will be available on here. Book through alice.kershaw@peterborough.gov.uk

What is Peterborough Buildings in Need?

This project focuses upon the standing buildings, both designated and undesignated, of Peterborough. Predominantly the  built environment of Peterborough is of solidly Edwardian and Victorian stock however some buildings, such as Burghley Beauty Academy and Ladbrokes in the city centre, date back to the Medieval period. The main project work will be undertaken in the City Centre Conservation Area and its setting but will be applicable to the entire Peterborough Unitary Authority area. Peterborough contains within it over 1000 listed buildings, which when surveyed in 2009  contained 9 ‘at risk’ structures as designated by the Local Authority and English Heritage, 13 ‘at risk’ scheduled ancient monuments out of the 64 in the Unitary Authority and 1 ‘at risk’ Conservation Area out of 29.  To avoid more heritage assets ending up ‘at risk’ and to reduce the many factors which put the City Centre Conservation Area into this category this project will establish which assets are most likely to be currently ‘in need’ and to raise awareness of what leads to areas and buildings being ‘in need’ and what maintenance asks can be done to prevent them becoming ‘at risk’.

The full extent of the vulnerabilities around the city centre are currently unknown. This project will last for about nine months in total. Through understanding and awareness raising of the historic environment of Peterborough’s city centre, members of the local community will learn what puts the historic environment ‘in need’, the challenges faced by the historic environment and how these can be managed. This training will be provided in the form of daytime, evening, half and full day courses for both dedicated volunteers and for the general public, as a way of sharing information and to encourage participation in the project.

This project will provide opportunities for users of the space to understand aspects such as ‘significance’ ‘setting’ and levels of need. It will create the most complete building by building snapshot survey of the degree of ‘need’ present within the city centre conservation area.

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