Hertiage Trades Fair 

We invite the Sydney community to join us at free events during the ICOMOS 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA2023) that will celebrate and explore our diverse cultural heritage. Delve into the world of heritage at the Heritage Exposition at Darling Harbour and a thought-provoking Heritage Lecture at the iconic Sydney Town Hall. These events provide a rare chance to discover and appreciate our rich cultural legacy.

Heritage Trades Fair

  • Dates: Thursday 7 September – Saturday 9 September 2023
  • Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm daily
  • Location: International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), forecourt
  • Audience: Open to the public
  • Cost: Free

The Heritage Trades Fair is to be held in conjunction with the Heritage Exposition and will promote traditional heritage trades and showcase trade skills rarely seen today, but essential to the repair of heritage buildings.

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Skilled tradespeople, including stonemasons, plasterers, carpenters and roofers will provide live demonstrations of their trade skills and be available to answer questions regarding the conservation of buildings. Carving skills, mortar mixing, wall pointing and roof leadwork will be demonstrated.

A focus of the Fair will be the construction of a drystone wall, a masonry jigsaw puzzle requiring unique construction skills.

Artisans will be available at the end of the week to demonstrate skills in carpentry, blacksmithing and other craft and traditional skills from earlier times.

Conservators will also be demonstrating the specialist techniques used in the repair and care of precious artefacts and objects.

Come and learn about caring for our precious heritage places and objects!