Primary Schools’ education resource

Our Hut, a charity which uses architecture as a starting point to develop fun learning resources for schools, has been funded by the Peckham Townscape Heritage Initiative to develop and test a series of creative and interactive lessons about Peckham town centre, its history and architecture.

Peckham has a fascinating history and there are many interesting buildings from different eras that show various architectural styles. The buildings and their history provide an exciting springboard for children to learn about the neighbourhoods they live in, how they developed and how areas change over time.

Here is the Introduction to the Resource and the Session Plans [pdf 0.86Mb]. This and all the other resources can be downloaded free of charge from ‘Community documents’ in the Community section. The resource has elements for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children, and can be used in its entirety or adapted by classroom teachers to suit their needs.

Understanding and caring for traditional buildings

The full programme for this all day free event which was held on 30 September 2017. This event had talks and demonstrations on topics relating to traditional brick-built buildings, as well as a number of information stalls. It was relevant for anyone interested in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian buildings, also a great opportunity to find out about careers and training in the fields of Construction, Architecture and Conservation. The series of talks, which attendees could book in advance, were popular, and we provided free childcare for those who needed it.

Peckham Heritage Talks

Throughout the THI there will be a series of workshops and presentations on heritage and conservation-related themes.

The first Peckham Heritage Talk took place on 14 September 2016 and was attended by thirty local people. Seon Soyemi, Senior Grants Officer from the Heritage Lottery Fund gave a presentation about the national programme of Townscape Heritage Initiatives, and Paul Latham from The Regeneration Practice spoke about the work he’d done to research the condition of buildings in Peckham town centre in order to identify which properties would be eligible for THI funding.

The second Peckham Heritage Talk: ‘Breathable buildings’ took place on Tuesday 14 March 2017. Bill Morris, a local architect talked about his approach to working on Petitou café in Choumert Road. Joseph Orsi, who serves on the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings Technical Panel, described the performance of lime renders and mineral paint.

Architect Benny O’Looney took the floor on Wednesday 14 June, in the Old Waiting Room, Peckham Rye station for Talk 3. He described several restoration projects that have been undertaken at the station, with a focus on the latest one – the stair project.

Benny spoke about the restoration techniques and the conservation ‘philosophy’ used, and highlighted the roles of the different local trades involved including steel fabricators, the makers of the new lath and plaster ceiling/lime-plaster repairs, and the carpenters/main contractor.

Peckham Platform’s Open 16

Peckham Platform host an open exhibition every year.

This year, with support from the Peckham THI, they themed their exhibition Peckham’s Heritage – people, culture and place – and ran drop-in workshops through October for people of all ages to make screen-prints of some of Peckham’s most iconic buildings.

Schools and heritage

Our Hut, a London charity which specialises in architecture education, is being funded through the THI to develop teaching resources for primary schools on Peckham’s history and its built environment. They’re also doing a similar project as part of the Brixton THI. Check out the Our Hut website for information on this and other projects they have delivered.

Lucy Lavers, Judy Ovens and Suzanna Prizeman make up the Our Hut team. They’ll be working with St James the Great Primary School to develop and pilot the learning resources. The work will take place in the summer term 2017.

The work took place in summer term 2017, please see our Primary Schools’ education resource news post, and you can download the Teachers’ Resource Pack, which was created by Our Hut, from ‘Community documents’ in the Community section.

Traditional building skills

Over a third of the UK’s housing stock was built using traditional building methods before 1944, with 21% dating from before 1919. Yet there is a national shortage of people with skills in specialist traditional building crafts such as carpentry, stonemasonry and lime mortar work.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is keen that each Townscape Heritage Initiative contributes to the development of these traditional building skills. Where possible the Peckham THI will negotiate with contractors for the delivery of apprenticeships as part of the capital programme.

In addition the THI will work with organisations to promote training opportunities in conservation and traditional building skills. As opportunities are developed they will be posted in News and promoted through Twitter.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in traditional building crafts or building conservation, The Building Crafts College is based in Stratford and delivers a range of courses for people wanting to pursue a career in traditional building crafts and building conservation. The college offers a range of apprenticeships for people aged 16+ as well as level 4-6 courses for people with prior experience. Well worth checking out if you are interested in this field.

SPAB, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, a registered charity, has a ‘Jobs in conservation‘ section on their website which has detailed information.