Andy Lawson

Andy Lawson

Andy Lawson

Andy Lawson has a wealth of experience in the conservation field and is an acknowledged expert in lime mortars and stone masonry. His career spans some 25 years.

Originally from Derbyshire, Andy trained for a degree in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design, and in 1995 completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Leeds University. He also holds a City & Guilds certificate in Stone Masonry gained in 1985 whilst working at Exeter Cathedral.

In 1987 he was awarded the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) William Morris Craft Fellowship which allowed him to travel around the UK to see and take part in ongoing repair and conservation work. In 2004 Andy began work for British Waterways, assisting in the delivery of technical advice, lecturing and on-site training. He completed a Masters degree in Architectural conservation and also became a member of the Institute of Historical Building Conservation (IHBC). Andy’s skills have taken him all over the country and he has been involved on a number of prestigious restoration projects including work for English Heritage.

In addition to running his own very successful business, Limecraft, in 2005 Andy took on the role as a part-time Townscape Heritage Initiative Officer for Leek. In the autumn of 2007, Andy expanded his career again by taking up a part time appointment with the University of York’s Department of Archaeology as the Hamlyn/Feilden Fellow in Conservation Studies. However more recently Andy has concentrated solely on running Limecraft and training. Finally Andy possesses a CSCS gold heritage card.

Andy joined the College of the Peak in 2004, and helped to develop and deliver a series of courses in Lime Mortars and Stone Masonry aimed at property owners, local authority conservation staff and building contractors. He has been instrumental in developing initial taster sessions and two-day, in-depth follow on Courses.