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Conservation of Surface Finishes

Selected dates from Thursday 4 April 2019 to Friday 12 April 2019

Forth Valley College

Enthusiast, Professional
Most technical
A large, traditional countryside house covered with bright orange lime harling

Discover the history and conservation of a range of internal and external surface finishes traditionally used on Scotland’s historic buildings. 

Study the science behind paints and coatings and the complex issues involved in the conservation of historic finishes today.

This course offers a historic overview of the use of paints and other coatings in Scottish architectural traditions, from the medieval period through to the 20th century. 

Explore the impact of internationally renowned Scottish artists such as Adam, Cottier, Mackintosh and Traquair. 

Learn about technological developments, from hand-mixed coatings using natural materials such as lime and earth pigments, to the manufacturing of paints and varnishes on an industrial scale and innovative synthetic materials.

You will get the chance to study the physical properties of paints, varnishes and other coatings, high-style decorative finishes such as gilding and stencilling, and the technical skills and knowledge required to conserve, restore and replicate these finishes today.

This course includes site visits. Previous site visits have included:

  • Holmwood House (Glasgow)

  • Cottier Theatre (Glasgow)

  • Gladstone’s Land and Mansfield Traquair Centre (Edinburgh)

  • Trinity House (Leith)

  • The Royal Palace (Stirling Castle)

This course will run on the following dates:

Thursday 4, Friday 5, Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April

Please note: Tickets can only be purchased for the short course in its entirety. Day tickets are not available.

Select from 4 available dates until Fri 12 Apr 2019

(This calendar is for informational purposes only, please select a date when booking your tickets.)