Weald and Downland Museum is a well-known Living and Open-Air museum nestled in the South Downs just north of Chichester, West Sussex.
A popular location for those interested in building preservation and associated lifestyle activities relevant to those buildings along with educational, craft days and many other events. Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd, are trained specialists in Heritage Roofing, Conservation and Restoration in construction. When we were requested to look at the roofing repairs at the Museum we jumped at the opportunity as we felt that we could contribute to the conservation works by carrying out the works free of charge which would also contribute to our Social Value commitments as well as using our skills to the benefit of others.
Director, Frank Clarke contacted Weinerberger/Keymer who also generously contributed a substantial amount of handmade clay tiles and fittings at no cost, also under their Social Value Charter. We are currently assessing all the roofs on the site to look at a long-term maintenance plan and fiscal budget to allow the preservation of the building over the forthcoming years.
We are also planning an event in the Autumn of 2021 at the Museum in conjunction with the team at Keymer where we will hold a CPD day inviting architects and surveyors interested in conservation where they will learn about the history of clay tile, brick making and fixing on heritage and modern buildings. We look forward to working with the museum and Keymer tiles for many years to come and in doing so preserving part of the British construction Heritage.