Heritage skills weekend returns to Alnwick Castle

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Alnwick Castle will showcase the techniques required to maintain and restore its historic structure during a special heritage skills weekend.

Scheduled for June 15-16, the event will offer visitors exclusive insights from the expert teams responsible for preserving the 950-year-old castle.

Maintaining historic buildings demands specialist skills focused on retaining original character and authenticity, reproducing materials, and using traditional techniques.

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Visitors will have the chance to try modern restoration techniques, such as stone cutting and lime mortar repointing. This behind-the-scenes look at heritage conservation aims to inspire visitors to learn more about traditional construction methods.

Alnwick Castle under restoration works.Alnwick Castle under restoration works.
Alnwick Castle under restoration works.

Catherine Neil, head of Alnwick Castle Ventures, stated: "The heritage skills weekend is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to understand the efforts behind preserving Alnwick Castle for future generations.

"Besides being an enjoyable event, we hope it will encourage some to explore the traditional skills vital for the castle and regional heritage."

Supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Historic Property Restoration, the event highlights the diverse opportunities within the construction industry and how to pursue them.

For more information, visit www.alnwickcastle.com

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