History Maker Luke

A stonemason with an award-winning talent for maintaining our historic environment.

 My name is Luke, I’m a stonemason based in central Scotland and I Make History.

How did you find this role?

I was working with the Antonine Wall squad doing grounds maintenance at the site of what was once the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago. I met a HES stonemason and I applied for an apprenticeship at Doune Castle and was successful. I’ve been working with HES for six years now as Assistant Works Manager in Perth.

How would you describe your job in three words?

The three words I would use to describe my job are: diverse, satisfying, and necessary.

As a stonemason at HES, it’s my job to look after and conserve properties. In my role, I get to work at historic sites and properties across central Scotland. To anyone interested in stonemasonry, I would definitely recommend it. It’s an incredibly satisfying trade to have, quite a unique one, and it’s a great foundation for a career in the heritage sector.

What would five-year-old you think of your job today?

Five-year-old me would find my job very cool and would be interested in working at these amazing properties that we look after. Plus, what five-year-old wouldn’t want to work in a castle?!

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The thing I enjoy most about my role is getting to work at some of Scotland’s most beautiful properties and taking care of our history on a daily basis.

My apprenticeship with HES has been lifechanging. It’s given me a career and a trade that I can take all over the world.

What has been the most memorable moment in your role to date?

The most memorable moment of my career so far was taking the Stone of Destiny down to London for King Charles’ coronation – it was a fantastic experience and wonderful to be a part of history.

My proudest achievement during my apprenticeship was competing at the WorldSkills SkillBuild competition and winning the gold medal for stonemasonry.

The role

Through his role with HES, Luke has developed his stonemasonry skills while travelling across Scotland’s breathtaking landscape. Stonemasons are a key part of protecting our historic environment, using conservation techniques to repair and maintain structures and properties at our sites for future generations to enjoy. The stonemasons at HES are based across a number of depots including Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Perth and Arbroath Abbey, and have the chance to take part in further training to develop their skills in the trade.

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