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Technical Research

Front cover of a TCRE research report
Technical Research at Historic Scotland is structured around better understanding of traditional materials and their use in historic and other structures. We are at the forefront of technical research relating to the built environment through commissioned work with sector specialists, joint initiatives with academic institutions and in-house research.

Research is driven by the needs and requirements of the building conservation sector and associated activities.  We seek to develop and improve our understanding of traditional materials, construction techniques and issues affecting the built environment. We strive to better understand traditional techniques and decay process in order that our decisions relating to the care of the built environment are better informed. Our research is managed strategically to address specific areas of need, lack of understanding, or in response to other pressures.

HS Conservation Research Plan

The HS Conservation Research Plan PDF icon [pdf, 400kb] sets out the context for our research, the broad themes our research relates to in terms of scope, and how we prioritise our research programme.

INFORM guides offer the reader an introduction to specific conservation issues. They provide a short overview of the topic and provide the reader with further reading lists and useful contacts in case that further action is required

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Short Guides
Short Guides deal with technical topics relating to the traditional built environment focusing on specific materials or building structures.

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Technical Advice Notes (TANs)
Technical Advice notes provide technical advice on a specific aspect of the conservation of the built environment. For instance external lime coatings  or stone masonry materials and skills

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Guide for Practitioners
Guides for practitioners offer technical advice and guidelines on particular conservation topics, for instance fire safety or working with sash and case windows

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Research Reports
Research Reports contain technical information disseminating the results of a research exercise.

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Case Studies
Case studies contain information on the conservation of a specific site or monument.

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Technical Papers
Technical Papers showcase the results of research carried out or commissioned by Historic Scotland, mostly around improvement of energy efficiency in traditional buildings.

View the Technical Papers here.

Refurbishment Case Studies
Refurbishment Case Studies showcase particular energy efficiency upgrades applied to buildings across Scotland, including the results of these improvements

View the Refurbishment Case Studies here.

Contact us

Roger Curtis
Historic Scotland
Conservation Group
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (131) 668 8621


Please search our Free Publications section for further information and downloadable short guides