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A gilded, iron drainpipe

Inform Friday: An Introduction to Rainwater Goods and Water Management

Friday 8 October 2021


General interest

Quite technical

Event Description

Do you own a home or building that’s older than 1919? With this free livestream series, experts Lila Angelaka and Roger Curtis will take you through different parts of traditional buildings and how they were made to help you understand more about your older building.

If you’ve got a wet gable, staining on your stonework, or a leaking downpipe, tune in to this session!

Rhones (gutters) and downpipes do a vital job of carrying water away from a building, and traditional ones made of cast iron are built to last.

They were once so costly to manufacture, they were reserved for high-status buildings. But many of us are lucky to have them add to our building’s character today.

Find out how to care for them, as well as general water management in your building, and how climate change could impact this.

You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience to watch the broadcast – we’ll cover the basics.

About our experts

  • Roger Curtis is a Technical Research Manager at Historic Environment Scotland. A Chartered Building Surveyor, Roger is experienced in repair and conservation of a wide range of traditional and historic structures
  • Lila Angelaka is a Senior Technical Officer at Historic Environment Scotland. With a background in architecture and conservation, Lila provides technical advice and writes/edits our technical publications

How to tune in

The livestream event will be available for free on our Facebook and YouTube channels starting at 12 noon. Make sure you’re logged in to join the chat.

Can’t make it? You’ll be able to watch the full recording after on Facebook and YouTube.

Send us your questions

To submit a question in advance, please email If you’re looking for repair advice, try to include some photos of your problem.

Watch our past broadcasts

Watch our past broadcasts on our Inform Friday YouTube playlist or Inform Friday Facebook playlist. Topics include an overview of traditional buildings, floors and roofs.

Friday 8 October 2021