Historic Environment Skills

The Historic Environment Project is a four year project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to provide twenty one bursary placements offering opportunities for trainees to gain a heritage related skill including traditional building and archaeology. It is coordinated by Lincolnshire County Council and is in partnership with Lincoln Cathedral and Heritage Lincolnshire. 

The traineeships represent an outstanding opportunity to train the next generation of skilled crafts people, aimed towards those with a passion and commitment towards built heritage. We are looking for people who appreciate the historic environment and have a love for historic buildings. Common sense and being good with your hands is an advantage but enthusiasm and desire to learn is the main requirement. If you are considering a career in the historic environment, then our traineeships could be for you!

Benefits from training with the Historic Environment Skills project:

  • Receive a tax free monthly bursary
  • Train with talented crafts people and work on challenging projects
  • Gain mentorship and receive pastoral support from the Project Coordinator
  • Have all training paid for by the project
  • Use a special budget to purchase PPE and tools
  • Become part of a heritage network in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands as one of several trainees in different organisations with the Historic Environment Skills project

This is the second year that the Historic Environment Skills project is running, with the 2018 trainees specialising in stone masonry, joinery, archaeology and buildings preservation trust management.

One of the stone masonry trainees had this to say:

"Working in stone and particularly in the heritage sector has been a long term dream of mine and one I never thought I would be able to pursue.

The opportunity given to me by HES has meant I can finally actualise and pursue my career as a heritage stone mason. I have already had the fantastic opportunity to work a stone to be fixed to the cathedral and am thrilled to be traveling to Norway to take part in the European stone carving festival, which is beyond anything I expected to have done in my time here. I have loved being able to work on Lincoln Cathedral, from living in Lincolnshire my whole life, it means so much to me; I am proud to be given the opportunity to learn and work on this iconic building."

We are now looking for new trainees in Heritage Joinery, Lead Roofing, Heritage Plastering, Slate & Roofing and Historic Building Conservation. These will be hosted by external organisations, such as Jericho Joinery, who are currently working on the restoration of Nottingham Castle, Messenger BCR, with their strong links to the historic Collyweston slate and Millstone Restoration, who will show their trainee a range of restoration skills along with the chance to learn all about earth building!

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