We regularly host workshops under the direction heritage professionals to provide an active forum to collaborate in sharing, strengthening and celebrating heritage conservation skills. Como Approach workshops are an initiative of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to use conservation works projects at our properties to demonstrate best conservation practice and create meaningful learning opportunities for trades, professionals and the general public.

Past Workshops

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Repointing Mortar Joints Workshop

Como House, South Yarra

Outcomes included familiarity with lime, sand and aggregate selection processes, practical awareness of materials preparation and use including tool handling and heritage philosophy as to the extent of pointing intervention

Timber and Sash Windows Workshop

Private workshop

This workshop covered an introduction to working with timber, a brief history of the sash window and an overview of the construction, installation and repair of sash windows. The session will ended with a Q and A with the instructor, Ian Goddard, who is a joiner with many years' experience both in Australia and the United Kingdom where he did his training.

Repointing and Masonry Workshop

Como House, South Yarra

This practical hands on workshop was focused on performing repointing and masonry repair to the east wall of the original coach house at Como House in South Yarra.

Architectural Finishes Workshop

Como House, South Yarra

This two day workshop covered a variety of areas relating to exterior finishes to heritage buildings, including architectural finishes investigation, understanding stucco, paint removal techniques, the conservation of stucco and re-finishing techniques. It was led by experts in the area including Conservation specialist Donald Ellsmore and plasterer Ray Wiltshire.