Old School courses teach homeowners, building owners and professionals skills and knowledge for the care and maintenance of older buildings. Courses can include topics such as best practices for researching the history of a building, how to manage a heritage project from start to finish, a thorough introduction to heritage conservation, and wood windows repair and maintenance.
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Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
VHF is conscious of changing health considerations for individuals attending public events due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are closely monitoring the situation and public health advice. If you have any questions regarding upcoming events please contact us via email.
Planning a Heritage Garden
Wednesday, November 4th, 6:30pm – 8pm
Register here, $25
The beauty of a heritage home is enhanced by well-planned gardens. In this webinar, Christine Allen, author of ‘Gardens of Vancouver’, will show you how to design a heritage garden including a brief overview of traditional garden styles and how they have been interpreted in Vancouver. Christine will share recent examples of heritage houses complemented by their gardens, and will show you how different plants can be used to create various effects.
Bring your questions! You are also invited to send photographs of your garden and any problem areas in advance and Christine will select a number of these to discuss during the second part of the webinar. This webinar will be relevant for anyone planning or developing a garden for a heritage or character home and you will receive handouts to assist you with your project.
Details of how to join this webinar and how to submit your sketches / photographs will be provided to registered participants. If you have not received the connection email two days before the webinar, please let us know at email@example.com
This workshop earns 1 credit towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate
NEW DATE AND FORMAT! Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
November 21st, 9am – 12pm & November 26th, 6pm – 9pm
Now offered online in two sessions
Register here, $95
Heritage 101 is going virtual! Taught by experienced heritage professionals, Heritage 101 is a comprehensive workshop that provides an introduction to heritage conservation with broad relevance for owners, design and construction professionals, municipal staff and the interested public. Heritage Consultants Donald Luxton and Judy Oberlander will explore the history of heritage conservation, the guiding charters and regulations, and the regulatory environment at City Hall. Important topics including why heritage conservation is significant both economically and culturally, and its impact on communities will be covered. As a case study, we will virtually visit Montebello to examine the conservation of the Papineau Chapel. Presentations on key topics, on-site visual observation exercises and group work will all be part of this collaborative experience with lots of discussion.
Details of how to join this webinar will be provided to registered participants. If you have not received the connection email two days before the webinar, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: The course will be split into 2 online sessions. When you register you are signing up for both sessions. Each session will be 3 hours with 2 five minute breaks in the middle. The 1st session will be Saturday, November 21st from 9am – 12pm and the 2nd session on Thursday, November 26th from 6pm – 9pm.
This workshop earns 3 credits towards VHF’s Heritage Conservation Certificate.
This event is sponsored by the Lohn Foundation.
Donald Luxton is founder and principal at Donald Luxton & Associates and has worked as heritage consultant on numerous projects over more than three decades. He is also an author and educator with several prestigious literary and heritage awards to his name. Judy Oberlander is a consultant who specializes in heritage conservation and cultural planning work. She has created community engagement & education programs across Canada in the public, private and non-profit sectors over the past 30 years.
Testimonial: ‘As a licensed realtor, a former member of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee (4 years) and current Commissioner for the Richmond Heritage Committee I want to express my thanks and gratitude for your course. There are many courses on heritage that I have taken and continue to take however your one day program was more valuable than any other, and that is saying a lot.
The quality of the instructors and their commitment to the conservation of heritage was great. The different disciplines of the instructors was also great as we heard and saw different views.’
– Larry Traverence, Commissioner for the Richmond Heritage Committee