About this course

An introduction to the cleaning of architectural and monumental masonry, including paint removal. Through lectures and practical sessions, you will gain insight to the guiding principles, methods and potential outcomes for stone, brickwork and render .

Course Description

The removal of soiling or paint is not just an aesthetic consideration, but a physical intervention which may also have short and long term physical effects on the fabric itself. Deposits can be harmful to masonry but may be benign or even benificial. We will look at how and why cleaning has changed and current published guidance and legislation. You will learn how to identify the key types of soiling and coatings and understand how these interact with different stone types, brick, terracotta and render. We will use a wide range of techniques and equipment in the demonstration and hands-on sessions including making poultices and gels. This will help you appreciate how each  discriminates (or not!) between soiling and substrate. The course is aimed at the full range of conservation professional from planner and specifier to practitioner.                                                                                                                  


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)


Jamie Fairchild portrait

Jamie Fairchild

Jamie Fairchild is an expert in the cleaning and surface treatment of historic buildings. He provides technical support, training, consultancy and CPD to practitioners, contractors, specifiers and architects. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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