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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, with the theme of 'Crafting the Future'.

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.

Demonstrations

Dry stone walling Neil Rippingale, US
Mortar repairs Dale Lupton, National Park Service, US
Timber framing Ian Stewart, US
Lime mortar Graham Campbell, Scotland
Preservation Carpentry Mark Sergo, US
Conservation & Restoration of Brickwork Gerard Lynch, England
Masonry Stephen Townsend, Scotland
Stonemasonry, stone carving and letter cutting Lara Townsend, Scotland
Blacksmithing Pete Hill & Shona Johnson, Scotland
Mud Walling William Reid, Scotland
Stained Glass Creation & Restoration Billie Taylor-Cologie, US
Floor Conservation Darren McLean, Scotland
Historic Preservation Trades Benjamin Curran, US
Trades Preservation – Materials Reuse Mae Bowley & Shea Caruso, US
Practical Geometry Jane Griswold Radocchia, US
Energy Efficiency Leslie Price, US
Steel Casement Restoration Jim Turner, US
Scagliola David Hayles

Friday 6 September

Day two will showcase the work of internationally renowned practitioners.

Demonstrations

Stone carving Lara Townsend, Scotland
Steel casement restoration Jim Turner, US
Historic brick making Benjamin Curran, US
Mosaic making Darren McLean, Scotland
Preservation Carpentry Mark Sergo, US
Conservation & Restoration of Brickwork Gerard Lynch, England
Masonry Stephen Townsend, Scotland
Blacksmithing Pete Hill & Shona Johnson, Scotland
Mud Walling William Reid, Scotland
Stained Glass Creation & Restoration Billie Taylor-Cologie, US
Practical Geometry Jane Griswold Radocchia, US
Thatching Hannes Schnell & Sarah Lawther, Scotland
Timber Framing Ian Stewart, US
Stone Masonry Scott McGibbon, Scotland
Dry Stone Walling Neil Rippingale, US
Trades Preservation – Materials Reuse Mae Bowley & Shea Caruso, US
Energy Efficiency Leslie Price, US
Lime Mortar Graham Campbell, Scotland
Scagliola David Hayles

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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Accommodation

Find accommodation in Stirling with Visit Scotland.

A stonemason carves a gargoyle at Glasgow Cathedral

Discovery Day

Want to bring your family along? On Saturday 7 September, we'll open our doors so everyone can enjoy demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

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