Maintenance tips for heritage buildings during National Maintenance Week
13 November 2020
Promoting tips on the care and maintenance of heritage buildings will be high on the agenda over the next week as Council participates in the annual programme of events as part of National Maintenance Week - which starts on Friday 20th November.
National Maintenance Week in an initiative sponsored by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) since 2002, and centres around reminding anyone who looks after a building - regardless of its age, type or purpose - of the simple, achievable steps they can take to prepare for the worst that the winter elements can bring.
In 2019, Council took part in the annual event for the first time after being awarded funding through the Historic Environment Division's Council Maintenance Week Catalyst Fund and held information seminars and produced a series of animated videos and a booklet.
This year Council will take part in National Maintenance Week for the second time and help to raise public awareness by sharing top tips for carrying out maintenance to historic buildings with daily posts throughout the week on the What's On Derry Strabane social media pages. These useful animations and related information will be also available on Council's website to access beyond National Maintenance Week.
In addition to this, property owners are also encouraged to take part in a series of talks being held by Ulster Architectural Heritage throughout the week (20th – 27th November), providing advice and guidance on general maintenance issues, damp, stone repair, and more.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, said the week's events will be educational and beneficial for anyone with responsibility of a historic building, or for anyone who simply wants to learn more.
"We had a very successful first year taking part in National Maintenance Week, and I'm delighted to see that another programme has been put together this year – albeit with a more virtual focus."
The Mayor encouraged people to "look out for some really helpful tips, tricks and animations on our What's On social media pages.
"I would also strongly encourage everyone to sign up to the talks being held by the Ulster Architectural Heritage. You can learn from the experts and it's all free of charge so be sure to check it out."