Traditional Trades tools, image courtesy of Neisha B and National Trust Victoria

The Fine Art of Traditional Trades Past Event


Mon 27 May 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Booking Required


The Ballroom, Como House and Garden
Lechlade Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia


Seating available, Wheelchair accessible

The grand Parisian cathedral of Notre Dame is rising from the ashes. Eight-hundred year-old woodwork practices are being revived to help in the rebuild. Closer to home, many of our heritage buildings also require traditional materials and techniques to survive. This panel discussion held at iconic Como House will explore the art and value of the traditional skills and trades required to care for and maintain our heritage buildings, as well as their relevance to new construction. The panel will also look at how we ensure this knowledge and skills are being transferred to a new generation of tradespeople and design professionals.

Ticket prices are set at $15; for accessibility requirements please email [email protected].


Ruth Redden

Ruth Redden is a registered architect and heritage consultant. She is the Alternate Architectural conservation/Architectural history Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria and principal at NBRS Architects. Ruth has worked as a conservation architect for fifteen years and is passionate about the environmental, cultural and economic sustainably of heritage conservation in Australia. Ruth notes that one of the best parts of her work is getting on site and learning from traditional trades people who are on the tools conserving historic buildings.

Glen Rundell

Glen Rundell is a Windsor Chair maker from The Central Highlands who specialises in making heirloom quality American style Windsor Chairs from the standing tree to the finished chair. He is the Co Founder of the Lost Trades Fair, which celebrates and supports master trades and craftspeople and their amazing skills, since 2014. Glen is a Fellow of both the Artisans Guild of Australia and the International Specialised Skills Institute and is the Patron of Ballarat’s Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades – CRAFT – a traditional trades school based upon his 2016 Fellowship to the UK.

Samantha Westbrooke

Samantha Westbrooke is the Executive Manager of Conservation and Advocacy at the National Trust. She joined the Trust in her capacity as a Conservation Architect in 2014 and has worked in the Executive team since 2016. Samantha is a registered architect with over 25 years experience of working in the heritage industry with involvement in all aspects of professional heritage architecture services including work in State and Local Government as well as private practice.

Rebecca Roberts

Rebecca Roberts is currently a Doctoral Candidate with the University of Melbourne. Drawing on over twenty years of built heritage conservation experience, including international fieldwork with conservator-restorer craftspeople in the United Kingdom, France and Australia, Rebecca’s research examines the role of tacit skills and embodied knowledge in maintaining enduring, adaptable, and resilient cultural identities through the conservation of historic built environments. Rebecca brings her experience as a Stonemason and a project manager to her academic work.