1 Overview

We’re working on Scotland’s first dedicated building conservation centre. The Engine Shed will be a research and learning hub that’s free to visit, and holds something for everyone.

We aim to bring conservation to life and inspire a new generation to look after its heritage. The Engine Shed will feature:

  • a permanent exhibition
  • a 3D theatre explaining the materials and skills used to build and maintain traditional buildings
  • augmented reality software on tablet computers, allowing you to explore Scotland’s historic buildings and geology
  • interactive activities covering subjects including corrosion, thermal imaging and 3D scanning

There will be more to the Engine Shed than exhibitions and activities. Behind the scenes we’ll have two seminar rooms, offices, a workshop and science and digital labs set up for teaching, working and research. Here we’ll be teaching the Advanced Professional Diploma in Technical Building Conservation.

Work is under way on restoring the derelict Engine Shed building in Stirling to house the conservation centre.

Keep up to date with the project at www.engineshed.org.

The Engine Shed has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund

2 Who it’s for

The Engine Shed is for everyone.

For families, it’s a free fun day out. Children can enjoy our fascinating and hands-on displays, or attend one of our special family events.

Traditional building owners will get a better understanding of the history and construction of their buildings, and find advice on its maintenance and repair.

Meanwhile, craftspeople, professionals and students will see examples of best practice and improve their skills and knowledge with our courses and events.

3 How it will work

When it’s finished, the Engine Shed will be home to our:

  • Technical Outreach and Education Team
  • Conservation Science Team
  • Digital Documentation Team

It will be the centre of a network of conservation centres, linking with our masonry training centres in Elgin and at Forth Valley College and our applied conservation unit at South Gyle in Edinburgh.

The network will also bring together partners across the country, including but not limited to:

  • city heritage trusts
  • building preservation trusts
  • training providers

By supporting and promoting conservation work across Scotland, this project will have a national reach and impact.

4 Contact

Technical Education and Outreach
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

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

Keep up to date with the Engine Shed’s development at www.engineshed.org.