19 Apr SPAB William Morris Craft Fellowship
The SPAB William Morris Craft Fellowship is a training programme designed to broaden the skills and experience of trained craftspeople involved in historic building repairs. Fellows undertake an intensive 12 month training experience travelling the length and breadth of the UK together as a group. They visit a range of traditional building specialists and gain experience and understanding from both discussion and its practical application.
PAYE are very pleased to have once again sponsored this event. 2017 saw the chance to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Fellowship and gave opportunity to congratulate this year’s fellows on receiving their certification. The assembled group (which was sizeable this year) met at Carpenters’ Hall on Throgmorton Avenue. We were introduced to proceedings by Lord Cormack (Chairman of the William Morris Craft Fellowship Founding Committee) and then presented to, by guest speaker Richard Kindersley. Richard is one of the countries most well regarded letter cutters, sculptors and typeface designers, having been responsible for completing high profile schemes from 1970 through to the present day. Richard lectures widely on both the historical aspects of architectural lettering and modern development within the context of his own work and he was keen to emphasise that he sees traditional craft skills as being at the very foundation of our continued role in protecting this nations heritage.
The 2017 Fellows were;
GREGOR ALCORN Stonemason
JACK CLARE Stained Glass Conservator
DALE PERRIN Carpenter/Joiner
PAUL WATERS Plasterer
Well Done all!
We also for the first time this year celebrated a new Award given in the memory of stonemason Gwyn Watkins. Gwyn was resident stonemason at Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire (I was fortunate enough to work with him on a number of occasions). This fledgling award is a fitting tribute to him and was given in its inaugral year to Emma Simpson and Dr David Carrington for their continued efforts in pushing building conservation forwards. Congratulations to you both!