Learn about the variety of traditional Scottish structures built from stone. From simple walling or structural materials, to surface finishes, flooring, paving, and monumental or ornamental purposes.
What you will learn
You will get an overview of stone's fundamental physical properties, including natural weathering and decay processes, and its resilience to man-made damage and interference.
Learn conservation repair principles and how to carry out appropriate repairs, from initial survey and diagnosis, through to specification, procurement and on-site installation.
Discover how to use petrographic analysis in the specification and procurement process, and learn about stone matching in order to source appropriate replacement material for a repair project.
You will also examine all stages of a stone repair project, and get an overview of traditional methods as well the latest techniques in repair and restoration, emphasising standards of best practice, appropriate skills training and current Health & Safety issues.
It's one thing to hear about lime mortar in a lecture, but it's an entirely different experience to be able to point it out on a building, and have a go at mixing it.
A great introduction to the key issues, materials, skills and techniques that all conservators – from homeowners to industry professionals – have to come to grips with when looking at traditional buildings.
"One of the key things I learned was the importance of maintaining and sustaining traditional skills as a viable career option going into the future. We cannot conserve our past effectively without the proper understanding of those past traditional skills."
Attending has enabled me to share ideas and to network with professionals and like-minded people in the field.
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The Engine Shed has been supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to create Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre. It enables us to encourage understanding of traditional building materials and skills among the public and professionals and raise standards in conservation for traditional buildings.