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Lectures & Teaching

Lecturing and teaching- through workshops, conferences and heritage open days- is an integral part of our business, both within the professional sector and for the general public.

Over the years Matthias has given talks to societies, schools and clubs about his craft training in Germany and his professional experiences working in the Heritage sector in the UK and on the Continent. Matthias has also participated in academic seminars on subjects including conservation philosophy, building history and methodologies of building repair.

In terms of practical training, Matthias has led demonstrations within the professional sector on the uses of lime based products, and has given numerous masonry and carving demonstrations at heritage open days for the general public. In addition, he has taught in the York College masonry department for a number of years and remains connected to this important training centre through our apprentices.

In general, we are very interested in helping bridge the gap between academic and hands-on pursuits. Our professional work straddles both fields, and as such we have participated in conferences which explore the ways in which crafted objects have played an integral part in the development of cultural and intellectual history. The perspective of the craftsperson is central to any broader discussion of made things, and we support forums which also value and explore the historical relationship between the mind and the hand.

A selection of recent lectures:

Stone Building Conservation Conference at the Weald + Downland Living Museum/ 2019- Preserving Craft/Preserving Buildings: German and UK Craft Training in Context

York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship (YCCC) John Shannon Lecture/ 2018- Preserving Craft Training in the UK

Construction History Society/ 2017- The Clay Tile Repair: Form, Function and Value

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)/ 2017- Keynote address: Preserving Buildings/Preserving Craft: How German and UK Approaches Differ and the Impact on Training

Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS) Research Seminar/ 2015- Making Lines

Canolfan Tywi/ ‘The Future of Heritage Construction in Wales- Training, Collaboration, Mainstreaming’/ 2015- Keynote address: Craft, Repair and Conservation

Friends of Beverley Minster/ 2014- Matthias Garn Master Mason & Partner

York Art Workers Association/ 2014- Matthias Garn Master Mason & Partner