Conservation Summer School

An in-depth, week-long introduction to building conservation and traditional building materials and skills.

A young apprentice in protective gear chisels a piece of stone.

Our annual conservation summer school gives everyone the chance to learn the latest advice on the care of traditional buildings. The course is for anyone interested in traditional building skills, from conservation beginners to professionals. 

The week-long introduction to building conservation and traditional building materials and method usually takes place in June each year.

The course takes place at our conservation centre in Stirling, The Engine Shed. It includes exciting field trips to see conservation first-hand at a range of places. 

The course combines:

  • presentations
  • workshops
  • field trips
  • hands-on activities


Talks, workshops, field trips and hands-on activities will allow you to really get to grips with both the theory and practice of using traditional materials. You will explore how materials like stone, lime and metal work together to create the buildings around us – and gain insights into how to ensure their long life.

You’ll also learn about the effects of climate change on our heritage and hear how digital documentation is transforming the way we do conservation work today.

Lectures are given by Historic Environment Scotland conservation professionals and a selection of expert guest speakers.


Day tickets are available or you can buy a ticket for the week.

Ticket costs include all tuition, materials and transport between activities throughout the day/week.

Ticket sales will open in 2019.


Applications for bursary placements for summer school will open once again in Spring 2019.

Ticket costs

£450 full-week

£100 per day

10% discount for Historic Scotland members


Technical Outreach and Education

The Engine Shed,

Forthside Way,


FK8 1QZ 

Telephone: 01786 234 800
Email: technicaleducation@hes.scot