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International Preservation Trades Workshop 2019, Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 September, Engine Shed, Stirling (Scotland)

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Preservation Trades Network (PTN) to host the first International Preservation Trades Workshop to take place outside the US.

This annual event brings together practitioners of traditional trades, employed in the conservation of the built environment, to share skills, knowledge and best practice.

Watch as trades professionals demonstrate their skills in our conservation centre, the Engine Shed in Stirling, experience talks and site visits, an educational symposium and an auction.

At Forth Valley College, we will host a stonemasonry competition between Thursday 5 and Saturday 7 September.

A stonemason carves into a large piece of red stone

Traditional skills

See demonstrations in joinery, masonry repairs, stone carving, dry stone walling, roofing, metal working, mortar repairs, plastering, timber framing, glazing and earth building. #CraftingTheFuture2019

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Thursday 5 September

The first day will kick off with a welcome keynote speech from David Mitchell, our Director of Conservation, followed by a day of traditional skills demonstrations.


Dry stone walling Neil Rippingale, US
Mortar repairs Dale Lupton, National Park Service, US
Timber framing Iain Stewart, US
Lime mortar Graham Campbell, Scotland

Friday 6 September

Day two will showcase the work of internationally renowned practitioners.


Masonry repairs Charles Jones, Scotland
Stone carving Lara Townsend, Scotland
Metal working Jim Turner, US
Historic brick making Benjamin Curran, US
Mosaic making Darren McLean, Burma

Saturday 7 September

On Saturday, we will be hosting an Education Symposium. Talks will delve into how traditional skills and materials are currently represented in the education system. You'll discover how heritage organisations are working to raise the profile of traditional skills and materials so the sector is seen as a positive career destination for the next generation.

Demonstrations will continue to take place in the main square.

In the afternoon, visit two of our neighbouring sites and conservation case studies:

These sites featured in the television series Game of Thrones and Outlander and they are now experiencing the opportunities and challenges associated with a sudden increase in visitor numbers.

A photo of Stirling Castle towering over the city of Stirling. The distinctive colour of the Castle's Great Hall can be seen. A sunsoaked mountain is in the background.

Social programme

Full registration includes dinner at Stirling Castle. Enjoy a three course meal in the Great Hall, followed by music, networking opportunities and an auction. #CraftingTheFuture2019

Ticket options

Full Conference* £280 (PTN or HS Member £200 | Student £168)
Day ticket (Thursday or Friday) £120 (PTN or HS Member £100 | Student £72)
Additional conference dinner** £80

*Includes registration to Thursday and Friday, access to Education Symposium on Saturday, site visits and conference dinner

** Please buy this ticket to bring a partner or friend to the delegate dinner. This must be accompanied by the purchase of at least one conference registration.

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A blacksmith in a workshop standing beside an anvil

Be a crafts demonstrator

Willing to showcase your skills? Connect with the traditional trades and network with the best in the industry through #CraftingTheFuture2019. Apply by Thursday 1 August.

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