Thatch Advice Centre attends Fire and Historic Buildings Course at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum are renowned for their collection of historic buildings, including their thatched ones, but did you know that they run interesting courses as well?

Last Wednesday we attended Fire and Historic Buildings course with 3 main speakers and considerable interaction from the attendees ranging from Surveying, Insurance, Conversation, Historic England, Council, College and Health and Safety backgrounds.  This mix of expertise, including ours with thatch, worked very well and question raised were very relevant and useful.

Topics covered were Management of Fire Safety, including the growth and spread of fire and who gets involved.  Fire Safety Interventions including Risk Assessment and Fire Testing, Insurance including both buildings and contents as well as loss.  Thatch and fire was also covered,  where recent thatched fires were looked at along with information which we are already familiar with and able to contribute to, with our knowledge and expertise.

An interesting day with excellent discussion and many thanks to all involved.

More pictures and information on the Weald and Downland’s thatched buildings here.


Picture courtesy of The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

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