Saving the Cumberland Vernacular

APT Australia Chapter is holding a two-day symposium on the conservation of rural timber outbuildings on 4-5 July 2008, in conjunction with the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.  APT members may attend at the concessional (members) rate.  Please note that the event is being marketed to HHT members, and places will fill quickly.  For bookings, telephone 02 8239 2211 and state that you are a member of APT. 

Introduction
The rural landscape to the north west of Sydney was once populated with impressive timber structures built for the purpose of housing produce, equipment and animals. These barns and rural outbuildings are disappearing at an alarming rate for want of care and understanding of their significance, and the skills to conserve them. This two-day event aims to raise awareness and elevate technical knowledge about conserving the surviving vernacular timber and iron structures of the Cumberland Plain.

Day 1 | technical symposium| Friday 4 July | 9am – 5pm
A technical symposium exploring the traditional construction methods and conservation techniques for slab barns and timber outbuildings on the Cumberland Plain.

The day’s activities include a demonstration of timber working by craftsmen from rural Victoria and an inspection of the rare group of outbuildings at Rouse Hill House & Farm.

Speakers include: Professors Ian Jack (University of Sydney) and Miles Lewis (University of Melbourne) and local conservation practitioners specialising in structural analysis, timber technology, roofing systems and conservation works.

Day 2 | tour of sites| Saturday 5 July | 9am – 5pm
A tour of significant sites includes an early slab-built vernacular house, timber barns in the Hawkesbury District and demonstrations of vernacular timber working at the new Hawkesbury Regional Museum in Windsor.

Rouse Hill House & Farm | General $130  Conc/Members $110 | Includes course notes, lunch and coach transfers on Day 2 | Bookings essential T 02 8239 2211

For more detailed information about the content of this symposium, contact Donald Ellsmore on 0411 165 011.

Donald Ellsmore
Convenor, APT Australia Chapter 

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