"You don't stumble upon your heritage. It's there, just waiting to be explored and shared."
It was our great honour to deliver training in Traditional Timber Framing to students of East Kent College as part of The Folkestone Townscape Heritage Initiative; a partnership between Kent County Council, Shepway District Council and the private sector through the Creative Foundation.
Investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund and partnership aims to help Folkestone’s communities improve the built historic environment of Character Area 4, The Heritage Quarter and The Old Town, which is in need of investment. An intended benefit of the scheme is to enable more people to learn about their heritage, to be empowered to take an active part in their community and to make decisions about their heritage.
The Folkestone Townscape Heritage Initiative raises awareness of the history and heritage of the area through a range of innovative interpretive initiatives and the activity programme which will enable local people and visitors to appreciate the cultural heritage of the old town in an interactive and appealing way. The formal and informal training provided by the initiative improves the quality of life for the community by encouraging local students, contractors, owners/tenants and the general public (including disadvantaged groups) to access their heritage, understand the town’s history better and get involved in the heritage sector leading to further job opportunities, improved skills and qualifications, improved earning potential and growth in local business.
The Growth Rings course was led by Mike and Dave, who have over 60 years experience in traditional woodwork between them, (heritage pieces in their own right). The course took trainees through traditional heritage skills from the selection of raw material to the design, marking and cutting on a live build oak frame. The pictures speak for themselves.
We can’t wait for next time.