Wednesday 10th December, 5.30 p.m.
VENUE: Room PG20, Pemberton Bulding, Palace Green, Durham


This talk will discuss a place in today’s world for both traditional skills and traditional
materials, covering topics such as restoration, new build and sustainability.

After leaving Barnard Castle Grammar School, Peter Coverdale followed his passion
for traditional craftsmanship and secured a position as an apprentice Stone Mason
for the Department of the Environment, Ancient Monuments Branch (now English
Heritage). Attending the Building Crafts Training School in London passed out with
Distinction and was nominated ‘Best Student’ of his year. After serving his time and the uncertainty about the future of the department, Peter decided to set up his own restoration company. Since the formation of his business in 1977, Peter and his team have worked on numerous prestigious sites throughout the North of England, including St Mary’s Cathedral (Newcastle Upon Tyne), The Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle), Gayle Mill (Wensleydale) and a number of churches and archaeological sites in the region.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre.

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at ‘ra.aliprandi@gmail.com’.
Would you also let Raffaella know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes.

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