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14 September 2016

Visitors take to the Engine Shed during Stirling’s Doors Open Days

1,500 people turn out to discover Scotland’s built heritage

Two people standing next to a camera on a tripod on a table at an exhibition

Historic Environment Scotland’s work-in-progress Engine Shed project proved to be a big hit at this year’s Stirling’s Doors Open Days with around 1,500 people turning out to discover more about Scotland’s built heritage and traditional skills.

Over the course of the weekend-long event people had the opportunity to gain an insight into what will be on offer at the Engine Shed when it opens to the public next year. Activities ranged from hands on stonemasonry, soap carving and stained glass workshops, to trying out virtual reality headsets and investigating the chemical reactions of salt.

Dorothy Hoskins, Technical Outreach and Education Manager at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “This was our third year of taking part in Stirling’s Doors Open Days and it has proven to be our biggest and best yet.

“It’s fantastic that around 1,500 people turned out at the Engine Shed over the course of the weekend, making it our best Doors Open Days event on record. As well as discovering more about the important building conservation work that we carry out, visitors also had the opportunity to try new activities and traditional skills for themselves.

“This event was a great way to introduce and engage people with Scotland’s built heritage in a new and exciting way, providing a real taste of what’s to come when we open our doors to the public next year.”

When it opens in spring 2017, the new hub will create and deliver education resources and training on traditional buildings skills and materials for those in the industry as well as a fun and inspiring space for schools, local people and visitors to get involved with building conservation through activities, exhibitions and a jam-packed events programme.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

  • As of the 1st October 2015, Historic Scotland and RCAHMS came together to form a new lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. The new body Historic Environment Scotland (HES) will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design (IAD). Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland's position as an "innovation nation", its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed creative industries sector. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and supported by a variety of partners.

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

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