This course provides an overview of approaches as to how you can conserve and create authentic surface finishes for historic interiors and exteriors using traditional materials and methods. We examine a range of traditional finishes such as limewash, milk paint, distemper, waxes and oil-based paints - set within a conservation context of like-for like approaches and compatible materials. Surface finishes are an important part of how a heritage place is presented and how traditional materials can have a range of environmental and physical advantages over their modern counterparts. We will examine approaches to interior finishes, including painting of walls, ceilings and joinery, traditional wallpapers, woodgraining, floor finishing as well as exterior approaches including finishing of exterior timberwork, masonry etc.
We will examine in-situ examples of important traditional finishes and understand how these can be conserved. We will look at examples of where modern finishes have compromised traditional finishes and what can be done to reinstate or recreate such finishes. The principles of material properties will be a key part of this course and we will assist participants to build their knowledge of approaches to suit their own projects.
This course will be held at the Narryna Heritage Museum which has a remarkable array of important finishes, both original and recreated. On the second day we will visit the Commissariat at Oatlands to brainstorm approaches to conservation and recreation of finishes.
The course is delivered by Alan Townsend, who through his business, Tasmanian Heritage Wallpaper, has established a sound knowledge of the approaches to a range of paper and paint finishes. Also presenting will be Brad Williams, who has extensive experience in managing and implementing conservation projects including surface finishes. Guest presenters will speak of their experience and how they have used traditional finishes to achieve best heritage outcomes.