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Past Highlights

Highlights 2011

In 2011 we were pleased to have Dr Jonathan Foyle of the World Monuments Fund UK leading the publicity for National Maintenance Week.

Jonathan Foyle - TynemouthA passionate believer in the need to maintain old buildings he gave a series of talks in and around Newcastle on National Gutters Day alongside the SPAB's maintenance guru, Sara Crofts

The main event took place at Tynemouth Station and included a series of talks by those involved in the repair of the Victorian station building as well as a tour of the site.

  • The need to care for old buildings by Dr Jonathan Foyle (NECT Patron)
  • Causes and effects of the lack of maintenance and issues that arise by Sara Crofts (SPAB)
  • An introduction to the repair works by Mike Steele (Mansells)
  • Details of the steelwork repairs by Richard Baister (Eura Conservation)
  • The future of the station by Morris Muter (owner of Tynemouth Station)


The National Gutters Day events were organised and hosted by Andie Harris and Kathryn Banfield from the Heritage Skills Initiative programme run byt the North East Civic Trust.  Here they are in action at Tynemouth Station (photographs are courtesy of Mansell Construction Services Limited).


National Gutters Day at Tynemouth

National Gutters Day at Tynemouth


To help spread the maintenance message in the East Midlands the Avoncroft Museum and Heritage Skills HUB created the perfect event for anyone who has a historic home. Visitors to the one day event had the opportunity to learn about their buildings and to focus on repair and maintenance techniques to improve and care for their homes.

Participants were also able to meet stonemasons, carpenters, decorators and builders specialising in historic properties who gave free advice throughout the day. For children there were plenty of hands-on activities including brick making and wattle and daub.


Cathie Clarke & Richard Jordan  Slating Demo

Caring for Your Historic Home