Conservation on the road

2022 will see conservation take to the road again. Our specially equipped van will travel to many of our sites from April to October, providing a host of hands-on conservation workshops for all ages. These will give you an insight into how we look after our heritage while doing something fun and creative.

The conservation in action van is supported by:


Where can I find you?

We’ll be visiting the following sites in 2022 (subject to change):


See what kinds of workshops we’ll be running when we visit! 

Some are more suitable for young children and others are designed for adults and older kids. All the workshops are free and places can be reserved at the site on the day (subject to availability). 

  • Caring for Masonry

    Discover how we look after stone structures. Learn about re-pointing using different types of mortar and have a go at mixing your own mock mortar to repair a miniature wall section. Under 5s will be able to create constructions using more basic materials.

    Suitable for: Children and adults

  • Artefacts and Interiors

    Learn about how we look after building interiors and collections by preventing the many types of deterioration. We will explore each type (light, humidity etc.) in the form of several mini activities.

    Suitable for: All ages

  • Stone Shaping

    Discover how we replace parts of historical buildings when the original pieces are beyond repair. This workshop involves using real tools to chip, shape, rasp and smooth soap stone, to match an existing style of masonry.

    Suitable for: Older children and adults

  • Gardens and Landscapes

    Discover how we look after our outdoor spaces and the creatures that live there. Engage with the site's flora and fauna and make your own plaster creation (can get messy so bring practical clothes). Younger children will be able to design their own landscape using miniature garden elements. 

    Suitable for: All ages

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