The significant historical built heritage of St Helena was simply built using available materials and almost no machinery – human labour, local rock, locally made line for mortar, locally grown trees for timber, wood shingles or thatching grass on the roofs. Unlike modern materials these do not stand the test of time unless cared for, especially against wind, rain and termites. These require skilled craftsmen trained in the maintenance of the old ways of doing things. Today’s builder is skilled in the use of concrete blocks, poured concrete slabs, corrugated iron roof sheets, rebar, metal roof trusses and plastic windows and doors. There are times and occasions when the two scenarios can be merged, but by and large maintenance of the older structures requires knowledge of how they were built to be able to maintain them.
The National Trust is organising a 6-week training course leading up to NVQ3 (UK) Level Certification, with support from Enterprise St Helena and the UK OTPF.
The course will run from 23rd Sep – 31st October 2013. Participants must attend the entire course to achieve certification.
The course will be given by visiting Master Craftsman, and adviser to the Prince’s Trust – Mr Henry Rumbold MBE. The course will be formally assessed by two Assessors from the UK over the final two weeks.
Book early to avoid disappointment. There is only space for 10 participants.
For further details and to book please contact the National Trust at Broadway House, call 2190 or e-mail with your request and details.
The course will renovate the Lower Farmhouse in Lemon Valley with participants travelling there every day by boat from Jamestown. Techniques will be taught for assessing, taking down, building up and plastering older buildings making use of traditional methods and materials.