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Heritage conservation skills on display at Port Arthur

28/03/2007

A range of traditional trades and heritage conservation skills are being kept alive at Port Arthur.

Visitors will be offered a rare chance to learn more about some of these specialised and increasingly rare crafts at demonstrations being held at Port Arthur in April, during the Tasmanian Heritage Festival.

Traditional Trades: Shingling
The art of timber shingle making and laying is a traditional skill being kept alive at Port Arthur. There will be an on site demonstration of this art, from log to roof.
Wednesday 4 April, 11am-2pm

Traditional Trades: Stonemasonry
Port Arthur provided many convicts with valuable skills for free life. Some learnt the art of stonemasonry. See our stonemasons at work.
Monday 9 – 20 April Time: 10am – 3pm, weekdays only

Celebrating 30 Years of Archaeology
Port Arthur has been at the forefront of Historical Archaeology in Australia for 30 years. During April there will be a museum display showcasing some past archaeology projects.
Open Daily 9am-5pm

Port Arthur Historic Site
www.portarthur.org.au
Inquiries (03) 6251 2339
Regular site entry fees apply

Heritage conservation skills on display at Port Arthur

Gareath (left) and Ted Plummer demonstrate shingle making

Heritage conservation skills on display at Port Arthur

Tens of thousands of shingles are cut by hand by Port Arthur staff each time a shingled roof needs replacing

Heritage conservation skills on display at Port Arthur

This batch of shingles will be used to re-roof the Junior Medical Officers' quarters, which is open to the public at the Historic Site