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Building Scotland - Travelling Exhibition

The exhibition provides an introduction to the traditional building materials of Scotland. You can see actual examples of each material as well as a selection of the traditional tools that would be used to work and build with them.

Building Materials

Exhibits from the conferenceThis touring exhibition celebrates fourteen individual building materials. Many, such as stone and timber, have been used since earliest human habitation in Scotland. Others, such as pantiles and iron, came into general use in more recent times.

For the majority of our traditionally constructed buildings it is the use of these materials, in combination with one another, that has created the beautiful and diverse nature of Scotland’s build heritage: stone, lime and pantiles come together to form distinctive buildings in our east coast towns and villages; timber, clay, stone and thatch are combined to form the blackhouses so distinctive of the Western Isles.

It is hoped that this exhibition, based on the “Building Scotland” book, will give an insight into the diverse materials that have literally been the building blocks of our traditional villages and cities throughout Scotland.

To find out more about the “Building Scotland” Travelling Exhibition, please call the Conservation Group, Outreach and Education Team on 0131 668 8683





Contact us

Historic Scotland
Conservation Group
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH
0131 668 8668

Email: HS Conservation Group