Heritage Skills Centre

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The Heritage Skills Centre opened in 2013 and was built with funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Lincolnshire County Council and East Midlands Development Agency, with some equipment funded by the Heritage Lottery fund. The Heritage Skills Centre is a focus for heritage crafts and skills development in Lincolnshire. It provides hands on experience and training through taster days, short courses and demonstrations in craft, conservation and traditional building skills. As well as running a range of courses for homeowners, hobbyists, contractors, professionals and education groups, the Heritage Skills Centre hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions to showcase the work of craftspeople and artists from across the region and runs hands on activities for the public.

The Heritage Skills Centre is currently working on a Heritage Lottery Funded trainee bursary project called Historic Environment Skills. Historic Environment Skills is a new Heritage Lottery Funded project that will offer hands on training in skills needed to maintain and protect the historic environment in Lincolnshire and the wider East Midlands region. Delivered through a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council’s Heritage Skills Centre, Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire and Lincoln Cathedral, 21 bursaries will be offered allowing those who wish to gain traditional and specialist skills the chance to. In addition to the bursaries the project hopes to engage with thousands of people at events and will offer taster training sessions in the practical skills identified in the project to many. Current skills identified in the project for bursaries and taster sessions include archaeology, joinery, stone masonry, lime plastering, traditional roofing, managing a building preservation project and community engagement.