The Princes Foundation 

Continuing support is provided for The Prince’s Foundation, where the Historic Houses Foundation has contributed to the Building Craft’s programme for the past 8 years.


What does The Prince’s Foundation do?

The Prince's Foundation supports people to make the most of their community in three key areas:  education; projects, including restoration of historic buildings and building of new sustainable developments; and attractions, promoting tourist businesses founded with Prince’s Foundation support. It runs a programme teaching the skills required to practice traditional crafts which are often fundamental to the successful restoration of historic buildings. The Buildings Crafts courses aim to help students who have acquired some experience to achieve the status of a master craftsman.  The courses are offered in a range of disciplines including stonemasonry, woodwork, bricklaying, roofing and tiling, plastering, thatching, blacksmithing and painting and decorating.

How do the courses work?

Students on the course enjoy formal tuition in London before joining a Live Build project based at the Prince’s Foundation workshops in Dumfries House, followed by placements with established master craftsmen working on traditional building schemes or conservation projects across the UK.


Given the crucial importance of training in traditional skills to ensure appropriate techniques are available for conservation and restoration, the Buildings Crafts courses have received sponsorship from the Historic Houses Foundation for the past 8 years.  This will now to extended to support students over the next 3 years.