Try your hand at new skills

RAF Commemorative window in Binbrook Parish Church
RAF Commemorative window in Binbrook Parish Church

If the new year left you wanting to try new experiences, then a heritage skills course could be just the ticket.

Teaching centuries-old craftsmanship techniques in just a day, the courses will give an insight into the skills that created the nation’s oldest landmarks and treasures.

Nine ‘taster sessions’ are on offer, covering traditional skills such as silversmithing, stone carving and blacksmithing, as well as working with stained glass and medieval manuscripts.

The first two take place on Saturday, March 8 and focus on stained glass - one will tutor you in creating the copper-foiled type, while the other will have you using lead to construct the glass panels in the traditional way.

Both will have you creating your own examples to take home.

“The courses are very hands-on, each giving you the opportunity to put your new-found skills into practice,” said Kathryn Banfield, manager of Lincoln Castle’s Heritage Skills Centre, where the courses take place.

“So, if you’re looking for a unique handmade gift for someone – or simply a new decoration for your home – the courses will be perfect.”

All sessions take place at the Heritage Skills Centre in Lincoln Castle – a new facility designed to keep these time-honoured techniques alive.

“The Heritage Skills Centre was set up to meet the need for time-honoured skills used in the preservation of our nation’s historic treasures, sadly, they’re skills that are in short supply,” added Kathryn.

The courses take place on Saturdays from March 8 to June 28 and run from 10am until 4pm.

They are open to anyone over the age of 16, with prices ranging from £25 for a felt-making course to £90 for one on blacksmithing.

For more information and to book, visit, email or call 01522 541173.