The APT Australasian Chapter is delighted with the success of Longford Academy 2, held in Northern Tasmania on 16-20 May. The feedback from participants confirms that the professional development offered in this program is comparable with the best available in the region.
This year’s participants included students from four Australian states, as well as from Singapore and New Zealand.
They received formal presentations and guidance from APT Australasia Chapter members Donald Ellsmore and David Young, as well as other tutors Anne Cummins, Chris How, Gemma Webberley and Linda Clark, and venue hosts Louise and Richard Archer (Brickendon), Damian Saunders (Woolmers) and Linda Clark (Clarendon).
This year, the Longford Academy included sessions on diagnostics (materials and structural) and stabilisation of structures, as well as environmental influences on deterioration (internal and external). There were also sessions on surface finishes, addressing issues of soiling, cleaning, repair and stabilisation.
The APT Australasia Chapter envisages that a formal report from Longford Academy 2 will be available later this year.
APT Australasia Chapter is aiming to grow the Longford Academy into an important annual event. It combines formal presentations from recognised experts in their field with hands-on and participative working sessions where students and tutors work together to identify problems and develop solutions. All of this is carried out in the unique traditional settings of the Brickendon and Woolmers Estates, part of the World Heritage listing for Australian Convict Sites.