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, 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 requiredSearch Inform Guides
Short Guides deal with technical topics relating to the traditional built environment focusing on specific materials or building structures.Search Short Guides
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 skillsSearch TANs
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 windowsSearch Guide for Practitioners
Research Reports contain technical information disseminating the results of a research exercise.Search Research Reports
Case studies contain information on the conservation of a specific site or monument.Search Case Studies
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 improvementsView the Refurbishment Case Studies here.