Heritage roofers from Sheffield’s Martin-Brooks have been showcasing their lead working expertise as part of an event highlighting traditional construction skills.
Martin-Brooks was among specialist firms from across Europe chosen to participate in the 1,000 Years of Traditional Crafts exhibition held at Lincoln Castle in Lincoln.
Contracts director, Dale Wright and his colleague, Paul Wassell, showed visitors at the two day event how lead is shaped and fitted to a roof and gave them an opportunity to try their hands at the process, which has remained the same for centuries.
Martin-Brooks was asked to take part in the exhibition following its work on the roof of the recently completed Heritage Skills Centre at Lincoln Castle for main contractor Robert Woodhead Ltd. It is the first building to be erected in the castle grounds for 150 years and will be used to train young people in traditional crafts and provide public viewing spaces.
Dale Wright said: “We were very honoured to take part in such a high profile celebration of traditional skills. Sharing our expertise with members of the public was great fun and visitors young and old proved to be interested and engaged in the lead working process. As heritage roofing specialists, we are committed to preserving the integrity of Britain’s architectural legacy and ensuring new generations have the ability to maintain these historic buildings.”
Almost 4,000 visitors attended the 1,000 Years of Traditional Crafts exhibition, surpassing other paid events at Lincoln Castle this year. It brought together a diverse range of craftsmen, including blacksmiths, stonemasons and stained glass window constructors.