Explore the building blocks of Scotland’s traditional buildings: stone and lime. Learn about the characteristics of these materials, their decay mechanisms and the challenges we face in conserving them. You’ll also have the chance to get hands on in practical workshops. You'll try craft skills, and gain an appreciation for traditional materials and how they are used in our built heritage.
Hear from our world renowned Science and Digital teams about the various techniques and technologies used to monitor, analyse and conserve traditional buildings today. Learn about digital documentation techniques, non-invasive testing methods, research techniques and specific challenges in building and material conservation.
Enjoy a fascinating morning of lectures focusing on salvage planning in conservation. Learn from the experts about salvage planning successes and how disasters have been averted. Get a behind-the-scenes look at a celebration of conservation projects, and explore their issues with experts in situ!
Gain exclusive access to on-going conservation projects in action at historic sites like Stirling Castle and Dunkeld Cathedral
Enjoy over 20 lectures from leading experts on the traditional skills that built Scotland
Explore heritage on behind-the-scenes visits and tours of once forgotten properties like Bannockburn House
Practical activities like stonemasonry, lime plaster and earth building
Learn about digital innovation and see how cutting edge technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) and 3D printing are transforming conservation
What our students say
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.