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Lottery cash to help stone masonry skills.

Lottery cash will help keep alive stone masonry skills in the world heritage site city of Durham.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded pounds 49,000 to enable Durham Castle to recruit and train two stone masonry apprentices, as part of a partnership project with Durham Cathedral.

It will help reverse the decline in the numbers of stone masons working on the nation's built heritage.

The castle needs stone masons to help maintain the roof but experts are concerned that the skill is dying out as established masons get older and less new blood enters the industry.

Keith Bartlett, HLF regional manager in the North-East, said: "The heritage sector is in urgent need of more people who possess specific conservation skills.

"By creating these two positions in Durham we hope that young people will have access to an interesting career option they may not have considered before, and also put in place the beginning of a scheme to encourage more people to learn and pass on heritage skills."

The Durham apprenticeships are part of a larger project to conserve Durham Castle which needs significant work on its walls and roofs.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2004
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