Part of Historic Environment Scotland

What are you doing this summer?

Why not start your career in conservation with our building conservation summer school?

Summer School has closed for 2019.

To keep up-to-date with our plans for 2020, register your interest below.

Summer school is the ultimate introduction to building conservation. It takes place at the Engine Shed in Stirling.

What will I learn?

Learn the latest techniques on caring for traditional buildings from top conservation experts. 

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 learn from Historic Environment Scotland conservation professionals, as well as guest speakers to:

  • explore everything from traditional skills to modern technology including digital documentation
  • try your hand at stonemasonry and lime mortar at practical workshops
  • see pioneering conservation projects in action at historic places on field trips
  • discover the effects of climate change on our heritage
  • network with Scotland’s leading conservation experts

Who's it for?

Our building conservation summer school is for everyone with an interest in building conservation including:

  • students
  • professionals
  • homeowners

Do I need experience?

No background or experience is needed, just bring enthusiasm and an interest to learn. 

Summer School 2020

Keep up-to-date with our plans for 2020, and discover more about our learning events and opportunities with our monthly e-mail newsletter.


  • 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

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