Part of Historic Environment Scotland
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Building conservation summer school

Our annual 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 takes place from 11 - 15 June 2018.


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.

Download the full Summer School 2018 programme.


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. 

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

Book your ticket for the full week here.

To book individual dates, see individual date events listings above or on our 'What's On' page


Applications for bursary placements for Summer School 2018 are now closed. 

Ticket costs

£450 full-week

£100 per day 

10% discount for Historic Scotland members


Get in touch for more information on the building conservation summer school.

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