Training: Understanding & Maintaining Tenement Tiles

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Thursday 15th October 2020 | 12.30-1.30pm BST | via Zoom

Tenement flats have provided homes to Glaswegians for almost two centuries. The blonde and red sandstone buildings are a distinctive part of the city’s urban landscape and inside there are decorative features and spaces which are steeped in history. Having spent most of the year in various stages of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s never been a better time to examine the heritage on our doorsteps.

This technical CPD will discuss tenement tiles and their maintenance, along with answering commonly asked questions on their care and conservation.

Very often repairs to ‘tenement’ tiles are undertaken, have you ever asked yourself what is the best way to specify repairs? What is the best place to source appropriate new tiles and what should you consider an acceptable repair?  This CPD will cover these and many other topics!

This event will be delivered by Darren McLean.  Having started his conservation career with an apprenticeship in carpentry, Darren has an MSc in Building Conservation and has worked as a practitioner of traditional skills, an educator and an advisor. In 2010 Darren formed Timber & Lime Conservation, where he has focused on the conservation and repair of historic buildings. In 2018, he was appointed an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong to teach materials and techniques in the postgraduate conservation curriculum.

All GCHT CPD sessions are recognised by the IHBC, and attendees can obtain a CPD certificate upon completion.

This event is part of our @TnmntTiles IRL project. TnmntTiles is an archive of historical tenement tile design, featuring discoveries from Glaswegian tenements & beyond. Established on Twitter in 2015, the project is curated by Zan Phee.

£15 per person / £10 for students.


Please note: Payment is taken via PayPal but you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay online. 


All sessions are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as being capable of contributing to the obligatory CPD requirements of Full Members (see

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