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Apprentice Carpenter Joiner Ed Jones

My name is Ed Jones and I am 20 years of age. I am currently an Apprentice for the National Trust based at the Kingston Lacy Estate in Dorset. Previously before my employment I studied carpentry and joinery at college. Starting with the basic level 1 carpentry, I continued to stay on and did a […]

Multiskilled Apprentice Ryan Winters

My name is Ryan Winter and I am a Mason/Carpenter working on the National Trust Killerton Estate near Exeter, although there such a variety of work here there isn’t much I don’t do. This is my third apprenticeship as I was previously made redundant twice. I worked as a bricklayer, municipal engineer, HGV mechanic and […]

Apprentice Stonemason Alice Ward

My name is Alice and I am a stonemason working at Worcester Cathedral as an apprentice for the National Trust. For me the motivation to work in the heritage sector is the fact that they, quite clearly, have all the best buildings! Working in and on a building that began its history as far back […]

Apprentice: Jenny Sibley’s trip to Gloucester

  Jenny in her own words….   “I recently visited St Peters Church, a grade II* listed building in Gloucester to see a restoration project which is taking place. St Peters was designed in 1858 by Robert Gilbert Blount who worked as a civil engineer under Brunel. The church is a significant building from the […]

Update: Apprentice Ruairi Sweeney

Ruairi Sweeney has recently finished his Stonemasonry Apprenticeship through the Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme. He completed his Heritage NVQ Level 3 and has now been offered a position with his Placement Provider - Fairhurst Ward and Abbotts. FWA specialise in conservation work and has managers and craftspeople working for them, who share a large resources of skills and […]

Alice Ward – Apprentice Stonemason

What have you been up to so far at Worcester? What have been the highlights? What have you learnt? I’m really lucky at Worcester that I get the opportunity to work every piece through each stage. I have made drawings/templates, worked the stone, taken out the old one and replaced/fixed the new. We use almost […]

James Palmer – Apprentice Blacksmith

 James – in his own words “I began training to be a blacksmith in 2011 at Hereford College of Technology. I studied and trained there full time for two academic years, in which I gained a solid grasp on what it is to be a blacksmith and produce high quality pieces of ironwork. The emphasis at […]

Update on Apprentice Stonemason Neil Marchant

              “This photograph shows the space left by two removed vousoir hood moulds. The stones were trimmed to a depth of ten inches allowing the new stones’ centre of gravity to be behind the wall line and thus reduce the risk of them tipping forward. The fixing of the […]

Jenny’s trip to Mount Stewart

                 In Jenny’s own words I went to Mount Stewart to see the restoration project that is currently taking place. Some of the work being done is redecoration - including specialist techniques like marbling. Whilst I was there I got to watch some of the work being carried out […]