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 week-long summer school provides a thorough introduction to building conservation and traditional building materials and skills.

You’ll learn about building materials like stone, lime and metal to understand how they work together to create the buildings around us. You will also get an insight into how traditional building materials should be treated to ensure that they continue to last.

Our Conservation Summer School is popular with a range of delegates from homeowners to professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge.

The course combines:

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

Download the full summer school programme for 2018.

Course content

The summer school will run for five days from 11 - 15 June 2018 between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Day one (Mon 11 June) - Conservation 101

Learn about everything from conservation principles and traditional building materials to heritage project design. Visit a building at the beginning of its conservation journey.

Day two (Tue 12 June) - Building Blocks - Stone and Lime

Try your hand at stonemasonry, lime slaking and scientific stone and mortar analysis. You’ll also learn how these materials are used in traditional buildings.

Day three (Wed 13 June) - Conserving the Castle

Our survey and recording workshops will take you through cutting-edge digital documentation and research techniques.

Day four (Thu 14 June) - Sustainable Materials and Practice

Delve into Scottish architectural traditions and find out how climate change is affecting our built heritage. Examine vernacular traditions, energy efficiency and more.

Day five (Fri 15 June) - Conservation in Context

See conservation up close and personal on this day-long field trip. Join us on guided tours through archaeological sites and see conservation work in action.


Day tickets are available or you can buy a ticket for the week. Bursary places are avaiable to third-year undergraduate students on a building-related degree course. 

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

To book individual dates, please see the individual date listings above.

Book tickets for the full week here.


Applications for Summer School 2018 bursary placements have now closed. 

Ticket costs

£450 full-week

£100 per day

10% discount for Historic Scotland members


Technical Outreach and Education
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8683
Email: technicaleducation@hes.scot