Training for Walton Hall Gardens
M. Womersleys provide training for the maintenance team responsible for the Walton Hall Conservatory range, one of Warrington’s best-loved historical assets dating back to 1899-1910. It was officially re-opened following a £2m National Lottery Heritage Funded restoration in 2019, which began an exciting new era for the conservatories, which had fallen into disrepair for almost 25 years, after closing to the public in September 1993.
Mark spent two days introducing the team to using lime mortars for repointing, showing them how to use traditional burnt sand mastics, and linseed oil putties for the glass, as well how to prepare and use hot lime washes for maintaining the walls of the roofed over, but open storage areas.
The conservatories now act as an educational hub and a place of accessible learning, with a sustainable partnership formed with Myerscough College and Walton Lea Partnership to deliver apprenticeships, qualifications, and opportunities for social enterprise.
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 …