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All the World’s a Stage...
Thursday 21st January, 2010

All the World’s a Stage...
Cllr David Molyneux met students and artisans at Wigan Pier late last year at a previous crafts demonstration.

...and the best craft skills are ‘top of the bill’ right here in Wigan.

Some of the country’s finest craftsmen and women – including the builders of the modern replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – are coming to Wigan to demonstrate their skills and inspire the next generation as part of the council’s ‘Back to the Future’ programme of conservation and construction events.

There’s a free invitation to the Investment Centre on Wednesday 3 February from 9.30am to 4pm for architects, contractors and other professionals to meet experts from the Heritage Trust for the North West and the National Heritage Training Centre. On the agenda will be professional development, heritage skills training, advice on the funding for traditional buildings and even a debate on sash windows-v-PVC.

And on the Thursday February 4, a chance for anyone – school pupils, students, interested residents, businesses – to meet experts in lime mortar plastering and hand made oak joinery, and learn about wattle and daub as well as traditional stone and iron work. The venue for this event is the former Way We Were site at Wigan Pier anytime between 10am and 4pm.

The council’s champion for regeneration, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “Everyone loves traditional and good, old fashioned style buildings, but preserving them and even building like that today is often seen as a dying art. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing these incredibly skilled people delivering sessions to Wigan students recently and can highly recommend a visit.”

The artisans behind the new Globe Theatre will form the centrepiece of the Thursday event at the Pier. Using traditional methods – a minimum of nails and a maximum number of joints, they will construct a house on the canalside. It’s only a temporary structure, but it will be an example of the many trades and talents which go into both restoration work and modern construction in conservation areas.

To book a free place at the Wednesday session for the professionals or the Thursday courses for the wider public, contact Simon Kensdale, the council’s senior economic regeneration officer on 01942 828987 or s.kensdale@wigan.gov.uk

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