18th June 2021

Supporting ‘Conservation on the Road’ with English Heritage

We are thrilled to announce a three-year partnership with national charity English Heritage to support its ‘Conservation on the Road’ programme.

The 'Conservation on the Road' scheme aims to engage visitors at sites undergoing conservation projects around the country and inspire all generations to consider careers in the heritage and construction industries. 

English Heritage 'Conservation on the Road' vanEnglish Heritage cares for over 400 of England’s most important historic buildings, monuments and sites and over the next three years, the ‘Conservation on the Road’ van will travel up and down the country to showcase the charity’s vital conservation work. Last month, the van helped visitors at Marble Hill House in Twickenham learn about working with historic gardens, stonework and artefacts. It is due to return later in June and the public will also be able to see it this year at Dover Castle, Bishop’s Waltham Palace in Hampshire, Lincoln Medieval Bishop’s Palace, Bristol Temple Church and Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland.

The hands-on workshops offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the care of historic masonry, such as re-pointing, and the chance to repair a miniature wall section. Other sessions include learning about how English Heritage staff care for their historic building interiors and collections in the ‘artefacts and interiors’ workshop series.

Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects are privileged to support English Heritage with their ‘Conservation on the Road’ programme. Raising the profile of heritage and traditional skills is at the core of addressing the skills gap and this initiative raises public awareness. Our vision of proudly building Britain’s future heritage also means encouraging the next generation of skilled trades to enable the continued survival of the wonderful historic buildings that are a key component of our traditions, national identity and which enrich our daily lives.

Mike Coleman, Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects Operations Director

Conservation lies at the heart of everything we do at English Heritage. Caring for these special places takes skills and knowledge, and we want to do more to share the story of what we do with as many people as possible. The ‘Conservation on the Road’ van offers hands-on experience for visitors of all ages – and we hope to inspire young people to think about a future career in heritage. We are grateful to Sir Robert McAlpine for their support in making this project possible.

Rob Woodside, English Heritage’s Estates Director

The English Heritage conservation van

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