Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Unit 3: Structures and Finishes

Dates: 09 January 2019 - 10 January 2019
Total hours: 344 hours
Taught hours: 164.5 hours
On-site instruction: 82.5 hours
Off-site instruction: 82 hours
Credits: 35


Become better acquainted with the wide range of materials used to construct and finish traditional buildings in Scotland through the six modules in this unit.

Metalwork, glass and glazing systems, paints and finishes, and timberwork are all examined in depth across this unit. You will find out about the properties, characteristics and historic uses of each material – from the wrought iron shaped into gates to the timber cut for cladding. Then learn how to plan and carry out repair projects involving the various materials, in line with current conservation project management principles.

You can also study individual modules to pursue your own particular interests.

Topics covered in this unit

  • Issues linked to the manufacture and use of wrought and cast iron technology in Scotland’s built environment
  • Issues associated with the manufacture and use of bronze, brass, copper, lead and zinc
  • Issues to do with the manufacture, use and conservation of glass and glazing systems
  • The history and conservation of paints and a range of other surface finishes traditionally used in Scotland
  • The use of timber as one of the essential elements of traditional Scottish building construction from medieval times to the present
  • A detailed look at each of the main materials used to construct and cover historic Scottish roofs
Modules Title
N Conservation of Ferrous Metals Module details
O Conservation of Non-ferrous Metals Module details
P Historic Glass and Glazing Conservation Module details
Q Conservation of Surface Finishes Module details
R Conservation of Timberwork Module details
S Traditional Roofing Repairs Module details

Unit delivery

Class meetings including lectures, tutorials, lab work, workshops and visits to project sites. Teaching is a mixture of on-site instruction at the Engine Shed and off-site instruction. Leading experts in the field will work with the Historic Environment Scotland Conservation Directorate to deliver the unit.

Entry requirements

Individual modules are open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter. Applicants for the Advanced Professional Diploma should have a relevant degree or professional experience.

Unit Assessment

Assessment of the modules in this unit will involve a range of tasks, including exams, e-portfolio contributions and the preparation of survey reports and condition reports.