Part of the DHBT's role is support and promotion of conservation endeavours in Derbyshire.
It chairs twice yearly meetings of the liaison group 'Conservation Officers in Derbyshire' (CODS) and the 14th November meeting was hosted at the Heritage Crafts & Building Skills Centre and Jordan Heritage Roofing (JHR) in Tibshelf.
JHR’s founder, Richard Jordan, is a highly qualified and time-served roof slater and tiler.
Richard has now set up a Heritage Crafts & Building Skills Centre. His passion and interest for our built heritage developed whilst working with his father, his mentor at the start of his career. Richard went on to excel in this field, obtaining a prestigious William Morris Craft Fellowship from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) in 1999, making him the first roof slater and tiler to do so.
Derbyshire is very fortunate to have Richard in the county providing training for a new generation of specialist tradespeople.
He demonstrated, to those attending, the technique for setting out battens for a graduated slate roof. He went on to show how students are taught advanced skills such as the laying of swept valleys.