News from the Commonwealth Heritage Skills (CHS) Training Programme

The Commonwealth Heritage Forum and City & Guilds of London Art School are pleased to offer Introduction to Global Conservation: Commonwealth Summer School Be inspired by this rare opportunity to learn historic conservation skills in one of the few art schools in Britain still teaching traditional craftsmanship. In the first week, you will learn a […]
Upwards of 40 participants on the Barbados 'Train the Trainer' programme in May 2023 learned practical skills in masonry and plastering and working with lime. Highlights from 2023 We have had an incredibly busy and successful 2023, managing and delivering heritage skills training programmes in Barbados, Antigua, Singapore, Scotland, and Kolkata, along with funding students […]
MA in Traditional Arts  Our Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Commonwealth Heritage Skills Training Programme has funded two full scholarships for Commonwealth students, Yusef Hourani (an artist from Perth, Western Australia) and Nur Fathiah (a calligrapher, born and raised in Singapore) to undertake the MA in Traditional Arts at The King’s Foundation School. The MA is a full-time, two-year, taught […]
Bomb damaged coral stone buildings, Berbera, Somaliland. Photo credit, Philip Davies. Saving Berbera by Jabir Mohamed The Commonwealth Heritage Forum is exploring a partnership with institutions in Somaliland to help save the unique coral buildings of Berbera. Jabir Mohamed was one of the Commonwealth Heritage Forum trainees on the Roebuck Street Research Studio, Barbados, in […]
Winnipeg's resurgence as a Canadian centre of architectural heritage by Daniel Guenther  Abundant with rich culture, history and fascinating architecture, Winnipeg may be the best Canadian city you have not yet discovered. Known for its diverse arts scene, friendly citizens, and classic Canadian snowy winters, Winnipeg is purported to have the most heritage buildings in […]
Students and professionals at the University of Singapore practise mixing lime under the supervision of Lee Godfrey - Senior Mason Conservator at York Minster Works Department.   With the support of our Commonwealth Heritage Skills Programme between 6–12 April 2023 the National University of Singapore (NUS) hosted heritage skills workshops with teaching from Lee Godfrey and Laura […]
The four Commonwealth bursary students, Daniel Guenther, Su Lin Teh, Shavon Campbell, and Muhd Syahid Tan, join Noel Henry, the Commonwealth tutor, and the Commonwealth Heritage Forum consultant team, outside the earth-building workshop at the Dumfries House estate.  Four students from Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, and Jamaica have recently completed The Prince’s Foundation Summer School at Dumfries House near […]
£12.26 million will be awarded over the next four years to support our Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Commonwealth Heritage Skills Training Programme, the largest single investment in heritage skills in Commonwealth history. The Programme will train more than 3,500 young people in heritage skills in countries where there is little existing capacity to address heritage at […]
Clifford Pier – Singapore's historic waterfront gateway by Kelvin Ang  Inaugurated on 3 June 1933, the Clifford Pier is a unique building designed in a hybrid of the Art-Deco style and complemented with a strong Neo-Classical influence. Though the role of the pier today has changed, it remains a well-known waterfront landmark along Collyer Quay […]
Mark Womersley with students from the Grantley Adams Memorial School and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute (SJPI), technical college. The students learned to record the structure and map out the evolution of the former slave hospital at Blackman’s plantation, which now sits in the grounds of the school. It is the last former hospital on the […]
Mark Womersley, historic buildings specialist, assists students and tutors from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) to finish off the building of a small trial lime kiln, at Lears Quarry, Barbados. They used rubble coral stone and bedded it on a mortar made from hydrated lime and cement at a 1:1:6 mix. The aggregate consisted of the […]
11 early career heritage conservation professionals have started their training on the Antigua Research Studio.

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