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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