Lime, Diatoms and Molasses in Barbados: Today we began a series of workshops with tutors and students, from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute, Barbados Community College, and tradespeople.
The first day included a PowerPoint presentation about the use of coral stone and lime mortars in Barbados, which has a history of adding active silica rich marl, diatomaceous earths, and molasses to mortars, to improve compaction and weathering. The mortars and stone are constantly challenged by salt laden air which engulfs the island.
We also began to take apart a weighted sash window to enable new sashes to be made for other mid-19th century openings at The Garrison House, now part of the Barbados Museum, during the heritage skills training programme.
M Womersleys on behalf of the Queen Elizabeth II, Platinum Jubilee Commonwealth Heritage Skills Training Programme, funded by the Hamish Ogston Foundation, is delivering the programme. Mark is not only teaching, but also learning from local craftsmen, that he working with.
Great that the press picked up on our work with the craftsmen in Barbados, and with local people
Great that the press picked up on our work with the craftsmen in Barbados, and with local people to …
On our last day in Barbados, it was good to see the vertical sliding sashes, made from Guyana Purple Heart wood, going back into frames within the Garrison House at Bridgetown. Tutors and students from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology, with a little support from Mark, copied adjacent windows to begin conservation work on this building.
On our last day in Barbados, it was good to see the vertical sliding sashes, made from Guyana Purple…
Mark was very pleased to help Grantley Adams Memorial School, and a voluntary group set up to bring a former slave hospital back into use, with an evening event to demonstrate the building’s potential to create a better future for all Bajans.
Mark was very pleased to help Grantley Adams Memorial School, and a voluntary group set up to bring …