Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration: Lead Course
Published 20th December 2021
Thanks to the Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration project, seven tradesmen spent last week learning lead working techniques from a master craftsman, in Fife. The skills that the lead bossing and welding course teaches are in very high demand, but unfortunately, Lead Sheet Training Academy courses are not often offered in Scotland, and are very expensive.
Fife Council’s Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration project, generously funded by Historic Environment Scotland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is a 5-year programme, committed to heritage-led regeneration in the historic town.
Developing the traditional building skills in the construction sector means that preventative maintenance, and repairs, can be appropriately and successfully carried out on the wealth of heritage buildings in Fife.
Most rainwater is carried to rainwater goods, across pitched slated roofs, but there are almost always tricky edges and corners. Next to chimneys, where two roof slopes meet, and around dormer windows, rain water is horribly good at leaking inside. Then it can rot structural timbers – disaster! Lead details, worked by craftsmen, is the answer to keeping the weather out, and buildings dry inside.
This is the first time a Conservation Area Regeneration Project/Townscape Heritage project has arranged for a lead course to be offered to contractors in Scotland, promoting these vital craft skills. The Scottish Lime Centre Trust, a traditional skills teaching centre based at Charlestown, just along the coast from Inverkeithing, worked in partnership to provide a training venue, helping promote the opportunity to the construction sector, and administering applications.
A small surplus generated through the initiative, will support more training in traditional skills. Course participants were delighted to train in Fife, to develop their traditional skills, increase their range of technical expertise, receive a recognised qualification in lead working.
“A great opportunity, I’ll be using these skills next week on our 18th century farm buildings”