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16 May 2024

Building Conservation Week at the Engine Shed

Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre to host immersive 5-day course

A person using a mallet and a chisel, working on some wood

The Engine Shed in Stirling, our dedicated building conservation centre, is hosting an immersive week-long introductory course exploring the materials and skills used to conserve Scotland’s traditional buildings.

The Building Conservation Week (10-14 June) is an intensive course delivered by experts in conservation, traditional skills and traditional building materials. The course covers conservation essentials; conservation of particular materials such as stone, lime, slate and lead; the challenges and opportunities when conserving magnificent historical buildings like Doune, and a tour of Glasgow’s historical buildings and places.

The course is open to everyone, from graduates and students in relevant sectors, to conservation and heritage professionals, to traditional building homeowners with a passion for building conservation. Participants can attend the full week of lectures and guided visits or attend individual days of their choice.

The course will build on previous success of HES’s Building Conservation Summer School, which was held annually prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing both foundational knowledge and an additional suite of workshops and discussions around issues that have become more apparent in the meantime, such as the changing climate.

Rachael Dorman, Technical Education and Training Programme Delivery Manager at Historic Environment Scotland, said:

We are thrilled to once again be able to offer this in-depth course into Scottish building conservation to professionals and enthusiasts alike.

“Building Conservation Week is an opportunity for people to deepen their understanding of the field of building conservation, to see what the challenges are, but also to find out why it is a field full of passionate people. Building conservation and traditional building skills are part of Scotland’s sustainable future, and there is nowhere better to learn about this topic than immersed in our purpose-built conservation centre.

“Whether you are interested in the full programme, or if you can only attend one day, this is an unmissable event for anyone interested in building conservation.”

Tickets are on sale until 31 May, book now. The course takes place from Monday 10 to Friday 14 June.

About the Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is our dedicated building conservation centre. Based in Stirling, the centre is a hub of digital innovation and heritage science home to specialist labs. Through events and training, the Engine Shed shares technical knowledge to support Scotland’s skills needs and to ensure built heritage can be explored, understood, and looked after for future generations.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. It is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future, investigating and recording architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and caring for more than 300 properties of national importance. We are also the lead on delivering Scotland's strategy for the historic environment, Our Past, Our Future.
  • Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle, and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of HES.
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For further information, please contact:

Robin Kepple
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
07721 959 962