Longford Academy 9 open for registration

Investigation and repair of significant building fabric
Monday 7 May to Saturday 12 May 2018

The ‘Longford Academy’ is a 6-day program in conservation of traditional structures and building fabric, held at World Heritage inscribed Woolmers and Brickendon Estates, Longford, Tasmania.


Learning opportunities

  • Understand environmental impacts, deterioration and how to deal with complex challenges
  • Investigate significant building fabric, structures and sites
  • Learn how to obtain sustainable conservation outcomes
  • Share knowledge and experience with conservation practitioners
  • Participate in hands-on activities with experienced practitioners
  • Relax and learn in an outstanding cultural landscape


APT presenters have extensive experience in conservation and education. Heritage conservation specialists demonstrate techniques and lead hands-on activities at selected sites in the field.


Activities include inspections, workshops, demonstrations and direct involvement in conservation works across both sites.  Please note that practical works will continue on Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 May. Participants are invited to continue learning by participating in works on these days at no additional cost.


One day workshops will be held on Wed 9 May and Sat 12 May.

Lime and Mortars

In the lime and mortars workshop on 9 May, the following topics will be covered in presentations, demonstrations and practical activities.

  • Examining and evaluating condition of mortars and plasters
  • Understanding limes – types, properties, preparation, which one do I choose?
  • Sands – what makes a good sand? Blending sands
  • Mortar mixes – mix ratios, additives, preparation and storage
  • Approach to repair – extent, selection of mixes, surface preparation, curing lime mortars and dealing with salts
  • Doing it – desalinating, repointing mortar joints, repairing lath and plaster, and roughcast plastering (harling)
  • Selection and application of lime finishes

Roofing and Metalwork

In the metalwork and roofing workshop on 12 May, the following topics will be covered in presentations, demonstrations and practical activities.

  • Evaluating condition of roofs, cladding, rainwater goods and metal building components
  • Documenting and recording roof structures and fabric
  • Understanding corrosion and deterioration processes
  • Understanding traditional and new conservation options
  • Approach to repair – extent, selection of materials and techniques
  • Australian nails and iron fastenings
  • Paint removal, corrosion management and paint coatings
  • Doing it – making, repairing, installing and finishing significant heritage fabric

Participation Fees

The full Longford Academy 9 is available for a participation fee of $750 ($600 APT members), which covers materials, site costs, refreshments and lunches. This participation fee includes both of the structured face-to-face workshops on day 3 (Wed 9 May) and day 6 (Sat 12 May).

Attendance at only the Lime and Mortars Workshop (9 May) or the Roofing and Metalwork Workshop (12 May) is available for a fee of $250 (APT members $200) for each workshop, which includes morning tea and lunch.


B&B accommodation is available on-site at Woolmers Estate and Brickendon Estate. Bookings direct to Woolmers and Brickendon.

Enquiries and Registration

Download LA9 Registration form.

Download lime and mortars workshop 9 May

Download roofing and metalwork workshop 12 May 2018

For enquiries and registration please email the convenor.

Closing date for registrations: 16 April 2018

THE ‘LONGFORD ACADEMY’ IS A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN CONSERVATION SPONSORED BY THE PARTICIPANTS.  It is an initiative of the APT Australasia Chapter, and supported by Woolmers Estate, Brickendon, the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) and Heritage Tasmania.

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LA Spring Workshop – 2 Sept 2017

LA render removal

Removal of hard cementitious render from old brickwork

In conjunction with the 2017 Longford Academy Spring Masterclass, the APT Australasia Chapter is pleased to announce a one-day workshop at Woolmers Estate on Saturday 2 September 2017.  This workshop will provide an opportunity for property owners and managers, and all those involved with the maintenance of traditional buildings, to learn about sustainable conservation procedures for windows, woodwork, masonry walls and applied finishes.

For further details, including how to register, download this information flyer.

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Longford Academy 2017 Spring Program

Woolmers garden gates

The APT Australasia Chapter is pleased to announce the APT Longford Academy Spring Program will again run in 2017.  Masterclasses will be held at Woolmers and Brickendon Estates, Tasmania, from 28 August to 2 September 2017.

Gary Waller will lead a masterclass on carpentry and joinery repair focussing on repairing the ornate pine gates to the walled garden of Woolmers mansion, and sundry related wood repairs.

Michael Bremer-Trainor will lead a masterclass on decorative painting techniques involving wood graining and traditional painting techniques.

David Young will deliver a masterclass on lime mortar repair methods, assisted by Ray Wiltshire and Brian Maxwell.

The APT Longford Spring Masterclasses will be held over six days, and include a focussed workshop on Saturday 2 September.  This workshop will deal with the broader framework of heritage conservation practice and the role of trades specialists in achieving high quality conservation outcomes.

Participants actively involved in the trades of carpentry, joinery, house painting, decorative painting, bricklaying, stonemasonry, plastering and heritage conservation work are encouraged to attend.  Non-trade practitioners who have attended a previous Longford Academy or completed a relevant program elsewhere are also eligible to attend.

For more details, download the 2017 APT Longford Academy Spring Masterclasses information sheet.  Registration information for each masterclass available below:

Carpentry and joinery with Gary Waller
Traditional and decorative painting with Michael Bremer-Trainor
Lime mortar repair methods with David Young

Registrations now open, and will close on 11 August 2017.

We look forward to welcoming you to the APT Longford Academy Spring Program in August/September 2017.  Enquiries regarding the Longford Academy Spring Masterclasses should be directed to the Convenor by email.


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Longford Academy (LA8)

LA8 participants

LA8 participants, May 2017.  Photograph by A. Mitchell

The Longford Academy (LA8) held on 8-13 May 2017 was another highly successful activity for members of the APT Australasia Chapter and fellow heritage conservation practitioners.  The collaborative learning program at Woolmers and Brickendon Estates in Northern Tasmania included two focussed workshops and practical hands-on activities involving:

  • lime mortar repairs
  • fastenings and forged iron components
  • window reglazing
  • wood graining
  • limewashing
  • paint removal
  • analysis and interpretation of changes to buildings

The Longford Academy (LA8) run by the APT Australasia Chapter was supported by the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board, Sibelco, and Woolmers and Brickendon Estates.

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Longford Academy LA8 – workshops

This is an update on arrangements for the Longford Academy LA8 to be held 8-13 May 2017.

The Longford Academy is now fully subscribed this year.  However, registrations for two workshops which will be run on Tuesday 9 and Saturday 13 May 2017 are now open.

Lime Mortars Repair Workshop – Tuesday 9 May
download flyer               download Lime Mortars Repair Workshop_program

Analysing / Fixing / Finishing Workshop – Saturday 13 May
download flyer               download Analysing Fixing Finishing Workshop_program

Attendance $200 ($150 for APT members) – includes morning tea and lunch.

For registrations, contact the APT Australasia Chapter Convenor by email.

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Longford Academy LA8 – registrations open now


The eighth annual Longford Academy (LA8) will be held at Brickendon and Woolmers Estates (World Heritage-inscribed) in Tasmania from 8-13 May 2017.

The Longford Academy is a collaborative learning program led by experienced APT specialist practitioner educators. Participants are engaged in site activities aimed at developing and sharing specialist heritage conservation knowledge and skills while also contributing to safeguarding the outstanding universal values of the two sites through practical activities. Activities include information sessions, discussions, inspections, investigations, recording, conservation works and group learning exercises.

Please note that practical works will continue on the Monday and Tuesday of the following week (15 & 16 May) and all participants are invited to continue learning by staying on for these days at no additional fee (accommodation and meals at own cost).

dscn0289The program is suitable for all levels of committed heritage conservation participants — owners, managers, professionals, trades people, heritage site workers and administrators willing to contribute and share in a collaborative learning environment, potentially under all weather conditions.

For further information download Longford Academy LA8 information notice and registration details or contact the Convenor by email.

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“Are We Finished?” – People grounded in the traditions that made Melbourne marvellous


Takashi Ueda of the Kinkarakami Foundation in Japan, instructing workshop participants in the art of making Japanese leather wallpaper

“Are We Finished?” – a two-day exploration of decorative finishing trades, techniques and conservation at Labassa and Rippon Lea, Victoria; 4-5 October 2016

Thirty tradespeople and heritage conservation professionals enjoyed two days of demonstrations, activities and discussions on specialist finishing trades at Labassa in Caulfield North, Victoria on 4 and 5 October, 2016.  Held as a precursor event to the 2016 Australia ICOMOS conference “The People’s Ground”, the specialisations covered included decorative plastering, stucco repair, tuck pointing, faux finishes, stained glass conservation and wallpaper making.


A spread of plasterers sharing knowledge about mixing hydraulic lime mortar stucco


Kieran Dunleavy demonstrating the use of home made mutton fat to grease his table mould

The venue, Labassa, is one of the most important surviving Victorian houses with intact finishes. As such, it was a fitting venue for the various demonstrations and activities. Labassa is owned and managed by the National Trust of Australia, who hosted and co-sponsored the event.


“Are We Finished?” participants on the upper colonnade of Labassa learning about repairing tessellated tiling

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