Heritage skills

Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, a four year heritage project will ensure the skills needed to protect our historic environment are passed down to future generations.

Historic Environment Skills is a Heritage Lottery Funded project that will offer hands on training in skills needed to maintain and protect the historic environment in Lincolnshire and the wider East Midlands region. Delivered through a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council’s Heritage Skills Centre, Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire and Lincoln Cathedral, 20 bursaries will be on offer over four years. They aim to allow those who have a genuine interest in the historic environment but have little experience the chance to gain the traditional and specialist skills needed to pursue a career following a 12 or 18 month traineeship. In addition to the bursary funded traineeships, the project hopes to engage with as many people as possible at events and will have taster sessions on offer in traditional skills identified in the project.

Current skills identified in the project for bursary funded traineeships currently include: archaeology, joinery, stone masonry, lime plastering, traditional roofing, managing a buildings preservation project and community engagement.

For more information about Historic Environment Skills please email: HES@lincolnshire.gov.uk


Become a Trainee

Make sure to fill in our Expression of Interest form and send it back to us. You’ll be the first to know about the new traineeships and how to apply for them.

Historic Environment Skills (HES) has been running since 2018 and has so far had eleven individuals begin placements in a range of skills essential in caring for and preserving the historic environment!

The idea behind the project is that there is a skills shortage in heritage skills, with not enough people learning how to care for our built heritage. Older buildings require specialist care and in recent years, skilled craftspeople have not necessarily had the opportunity to train the next generation of crafters and conservators. HES hopes to change that and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Skills for the Future grant, we are helping organisations train those future master builders.

As of Summer 2020, we have had trainees in Stone Masonry, Joinery, Archaeology, Buildings Trust Preservation Management in placements at Lincoln Cathedral and Heritage Lincolnshire. We have also had trainees specialising in Heritage Joinery at Jericho Joinery, Slate Roofing and Heritage Plastering at Messenger BCR and Historic Building Conservation with Millstone Restoration. Another example is one Historic Environment Advice Assistant who began his apprenticeship with Lincolnshire County Council’s Historic Places team in October 2020.

All of the trainees who have finished with us so far have chosen to stay in the same skill area as they continue to build their careers or pursue further study. We have also celebrated achievements and promoted our trainees’ new skills in events to the wider community. You can meet the trainees at many of these events and also learn more about what a career in heritage entails.

Between 2018 and 2022, the project hopes to equip 20 interested people with the skills needed to protect and maintain our rich historic environment in future years. If you are a young person looking to begin a career in the built heritage sector or someone looking to change careers, these might be the opportunities for you!



We are looking to recruit two archaeology trainees!

You’ll both be hosted by Archaeological Project Services for a duration of 6 months. During that time you will spend your days training alongside experienced archaeologists on live sites, gaining an insight into all aspects of site work from community and research archaeology, through to commercial site work. You’ll also learn about necessary desk based preparation for site work and how to process finds and information after an excavation has been completed. Together this will go towards the work you need to do to complete the British Archaeological Jobs Resource (BAJR) Skills Passport; a practically based competency assessment framework for field archaeologists that should set you up to continue your journey to being a a confident field archaeologist after the placement ends.

To apply you can download the Expression of interest form and email it back to HES@lincolnshire.gov.uk or feel free to email us and ask for one instead.

The deadline for applications is: 11:59pm on Sunday 22nd November 2020. The Historic Environment Skills project is not bound to consider any applications which arrive after this deadline.

Interviews are scheduled to take place week beginning 7th December for a placement start on Monday 25th January 2021.

If you have any questions about our traineeships or would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list, please feel free to email HES@lincolnshire.gov.uk


Trainee Interview 2019


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Ruin: Bolingbroke Castle

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