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12 October 2016

Conservation Directorate Show off Craft Skill Connections

Historic Environment Scotland and The National Federation of Roofing Contractors met to discuss on-going collaboration in the areas of technical education and skills training.

Four people standing next to a plaque for The Engine Shed

Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation, met with James Talman and Colin McCorquodale of The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) recently to discuss ongoing collaboration between our two organisations in the areas of technical education and skills training.

NRFC have been strong supporters of the Engine Shed project, and even commissioned a piece of carving from former HES Craft Fellow Jo Crossland to show their ongoing support.

David Mitchell said, “I was delighted and very touched at the support shown by our friends at the NFRC and this wonderful gift. It was extra special since it shows off not only some of the best traditional building material Scotland has to offer, but also the tremendous skills at Jo’s hand – a reflection of her abilities following her placement with Michelle De Bruin in developing her craft skills.”
James Talman, CEO of NFRC, added, “The NFRC has enjoyed a positive working relationship with HES for a number of years, and is excited about The Engine Shed which will provide the perfect venue to ensure that the full range of traditional roofing skills are kept alive so Scotland’s built heritage can be properly preserved for future generations to enjoy." 

“These skills are essential to ensure that Scotland’s traditional buildings remain wind, watertight and comfortable for those living or working in them and to guarantee that Scotland’s rich and diverse built heritage is properly preserved."

“NFRC is looking forward to working with HES on future events at The Engine Shed.”

Jo’s carving, which is in Caithness stone, will be installed at The Engine Shed in time for its opening in 2017.