The Marsh IHBC Award for Successful Learning in Heritage Skills

This Award recognises the achievements of an individual who has acquired new skills or proficiencies in traditional building activities and craft skills. The Award was presented for the first time in 2016 and was created to promote the continued learning of heritage skills and recognise those who have worked hard to continue the encouragement of learning such skills.

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation is the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in the UK.

Pictured: New box sash windows being fitted into the Orangery at Hanbury Hall, a project that the 2016 winner, Sam Tinsdeall worked on

The 2016 winner is Sam Tinsdeall

Sam joined the Direct Labour Team a Clumber Park in 2012 as an apprentice joiner and upon completion of this apprenticeship has obtained a full time position and is a valued member of the team. He has completed a number of joinery courses, including in Bench Joinery and Heritage Skills Construction. Sam uses traditional joinery techniques and detailing to create a range of fixtures and fittings which are in keeping with the building he’s working on, but that are made to the current standards. He has played an important role in a number of large conservation projects, including the restoration of the Long Range Glasshouse at Clumber Park, a Grade II listed structure which had originally been constructed in 1910. Sam also exceeded in winning a place at the Workshop for the Young Crafters from Europe in 2015, travelling to Norway to meet other young crafters like himself and also participate in an intensive 7 day workshop which focused on the traditional crafts and building techniques of Norway.

Pictured: Sam Tinsdeall demonstrating his skills with traditional heritage crafts


3 Stafford Rd
Tunbridge Wells



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