Heffernans Butchers, with its faience tiled shopfront represents an important component of the built heritage of Ballina. Faience is a form of glazed stoneware or terracotta. Victorian manufacturers produced many catalogues showing the enormous range available and butchers’ shops used these tiles to produce a clean attractive finish.
This workshop will explore the processes involved in repairing this façade, including the making of moulds and the repair and reinstatement of the existing fabric. The conservation work is carried out by Nolans Group Ltd. with financial assistance from the Heritage Council under the Historic Towns Initiative and Shane Nolan will discuss and demonstrate the stages in the conservation process.