Southwell Minster event showcases conservation skills

A unique one day event at Southwell Minster will offer visitors a rare chance to marvel at the work of a wide range of over 35 skilled specialists in building conservation.

With stalls and demonstrations in the nave, crossing and aisles and also live demonstrations in the Minster grounds on the north side of the Minster, the Historic Crafts Fair will include some exhibitors who have travelled many miles to give their time freely.

Sponsored by the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust and contractors Woodhead Heritage, supported by the Dean and Chapter of Southwell Minster, the Nottingham and Southwell Diocese and by Nottinghamshire County Council Conservation Department, this Heritage Crafts Fair will showcase the work of experts ranging from the fine arts such as gilding and calligraphy to the work of the organbuilder, the blacksmith and one of only two bell foundries left in the country, Taylors of Loughborough.

All share a passion for traditional craftstmanship and the use of authentic materials. Building owners, contractors and the general public will find much to fascinate them, with help and advice freely available from the experts.

Tea and coffee are available in the Minster, and lunches in the Minster Refectory.

Entry is free, and the exhibition runs from 10 am. to 5 pm.