Workshops and Talks

Old School Workshops & Courses

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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.

VHF is currently offering workshops in a virtual format only. We hope to return to in-person events in the future when the public health situation allows.

Thank You to Our Project Partners

Lohn Foundation

Drafting a Statement of Significance

Tuesday, March 30th, 6pm - 9pm
Online
$45

A Statement of Significance (SOS) is a key heritage conservation tool that articulates the heritage values and character-defining elements of historic places. This can be for a building, group of buildings, landscape, district or structure. An SOS is a mandatory document to formally recognize a historic place at local, provincial and federal levels. An important part of conservation planning, it is used to guide how change can happen in a historic place in a way that safeguards heritage values. This workshop, led by heritage professional Berdine Jonker, will explore the formal structure of an SOS and the types of heritage values, how to evaluate historic places, and the key principles of writing the SOS.

About the Instructor
Berdine Jonker is a heritage professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the sector. Her expertise lies in the values-based assessment, documentation, and management of historic places and resources. She has been developing guidance and training on Statements of Significance since 2004, and has been instrumental in the evolution of the use of this planning tool in BC at both the provincial and local government levels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.

Old School Program Opportunities

For students: Are you currently enrolled in an educational program and 16-30 years of age? Sponsored seats for students are now available for the spring Old School sessions. Learn more about the program here or email us if you are interested in attending.

Professional Development Credits: Most workshops can qualify for Professional Development Credits: Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. All Professional Development Credits are self-reporting – talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

Old School Courses and Workshops won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit. Sign up for one and see why!

Heritage Conservation Certificate

Requirements to receive this certificate include:

  • Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • 15 additional elective credits
  • A house tour or 3 walking tours

Evening Lectures and Heritage Lunch and Learns qualify for 1 credit each, to a maximum of 3 credits. Virtual strolls do not qualify for the walking tour requirement.

Completion of the certificate can take several years depending on courses schedules. Courses vary each year and some courses and tours are no longer offered. All courses are offered by heritage professionals working in the fields of architecture, trades & construction, heritage conservation, planning, landscaping and related professions.

For more information, please email VHF Program Manager at sarah@vancouverheritagefoundation.org.

Past Workshops and Courses

  • February 21 – Mid-Project Tour: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Seismic Upgrade and Heritage Restoration
  • February 29 – Professional Historical Colours Analysis Workshop
  • May 21 – Planning a Heritage Garden Webinar
  • June 10 – Researching the History of a Building Online
  • November 21 & 26 – Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation

 

  • March 2 – Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • March 16 – Maintenance and Repair of Wood Windows
  • May 2 – Planning a Heritage Garden
  • November 6 – Creating a Heritage Conservation Plan
  • November 21 – Researching the History of a Building at Aberthau Mansion
  • March 13 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • April 14 – Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • April 28 – Exterior Painting and Historic Colours Workshop
  • May 1 – Electrical Safety in Older Buildings
  • November 13 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • November 20 – The Vancouver Heritage Register and Heritage Designation – and What It Means for You
  • March 4 – Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation
  • April 2 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: How We Got to Today’s Chinatown
  • April 5 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • April 8 – Maintenance and Repair of Double-Hung Wood Windows
  • April 11 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • May 13 – Masonry Workshop
  • November 25 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Kitsilano
  • November 28 – Paint Stripping and Prepping Interior Wood Surfaces
  • February 23 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • March 1 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • March 5 – Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation
  • April 24 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: South Shaughnessy
  • October 15 – Drafting a Statement of Significance
  • October 25 – Navigating City Hall
  • October 29 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Delamont Park
  • November 22 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • March 11 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • March 18 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • March 28 – Heritage Projects: From Idea to Completion
  • April 25 – Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation
  • May 9 – Wood Window Restoration and Repair
  • November 3 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • November 14 – Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Mt. Pleasant
  • November 19 – Drafting a Conservation Plan
  • November 25 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives
  • February 26 – & March 5 – Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation
  • February 27 – Historic Paint Schemes
  • April 1 – Researching at the Library
  • April 2 – Energy Retrofits for Older Buildings
  • April 5 – Neighbourhood Zoning & History Walk: Strathcona
  • April 8 – Researching at the Archives
  • April 9 – Interior Wood Paint Stripping
  • May 21 – Wood Windows & Storefronts Walk: Chinatown and Strathcona
  • October 1 – Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library
  • October 8 – Researching the History of a Building: City of Vancouver Archives
  • October 11- Kerrisdale Walk: How Zoning Shaped this Neighbourhood
  • November 19 – Knob & Tube Electrical