History, Care and Repair of Timber Framed Structures Short course


Effective and successful building conservation is underpinned by a good understanding of the structure, its development and its current condition. This allows informed decisions to be made about its conservation and aims to ensure that any interventions are well thought through and maintain and enhance the significance of the heritage asset.

The first session will cover some of the major features relating specifically to interpreting historic timber-frame buildings and the second session will then discuss a range or conservation interventions. The format will be two guided site tours using the museum’s collection of buildings as case studies.

This course is suitable for

  • professional people who are responsible for the care and maintenance of historic timber-frames
  • home-owners
  • conservation contractors

Course details


  • Location: Weald and Downland Living Museum
  • Duration: Half-day

Date and time

  • Wednesday 7 July 2022
  • 1.30pm-5.00pm


  • £144

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll:

  • identify the structural and spatial arrangements encountered in timber-frame buildings
  • establish the ways timber-frame buildings have developed over time
  • identify the main causes of failure in timber-frame structures
  • discuss the range of structural interventions


Joe Thompson has been carpenter-in-residence at the Weald and Downland Museum since 2002, responsible for the repair and conservation of twelve of the buildings in the Museum’s Designated Collection. He teaches on a wide range of both practical and academic courses related to timber-frame structures at Singleton and other institutions and is a member of the ICOMOS UK Wood Committee. His practical experience combined with his building surveying background enable him to take a holistic view of the buildings, their condition and the options for their conservation.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. 

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