NATIONAL Trust Cymru’s Dinefwr near Llandeilo will host a two-day event: Building Heritage: Celebrating Skill, on September 24 and 25. The weekend will bring together heritage skills and traditional crafts with expert speakers and demonstrations in the historic setting of Newton House.    

From 10:00 to 16:30 each day, ticket holders will have access to a varied programme of talks on conservation, design and restoration.  

Day one will focus on heritage building skills, giving an insight into the repair and conservation of historic buildings and traditional homes.  Nell Hellier, Senior Built Heritage Officer, Carmarthenshire County Council, will chair the day. Topics include sustainable approaches to heritage properties; leadwork, lime and plaster and traditional thatching.  

Day two focuses on decoration and design, delving into the world of historic and contemporary wallpaper, decorative plasterwork; vernacular design and traditional paint finishes. Rebecca Spooner, National Trust Cymru’s Cultural Heritage Curator for South Wales, will chair the day of talks exploring subjects such as local vernacular buildings.  

Meg Anthony, National Trust Cymru’s General Manager at Dinefwr, said: “We are delighted to host this event, Building Heritage: Celebrating Skill at Dinefwr. Over two days we will showcase heritage skills, some of which have played a critical part in the upkeep of traditional buildings such as Newton House. We look forward to welcoming everyone here to engage with experts”.

Marianne Suhr, Chartered Building Surveyor, writer and broadcaster said: “I am delighted to be returning to Dinefwr, the place where my career in old buildings first began.  I am looking forward to sharing some of the wonderful experiences that I have had in the world of building conservation”.

Tickets are £30 per day, £20 for under 25s or £50 for two days and include entry and admission to all talks. To purchase tickets or to find further information, please visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr