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Building Scotland


Scotland’s traditionally built environment is one of its most unique and cherished features. It is something which both draws visitors from around the world and gives Scotland’s inhabitants a sense of place and identity. Technical Conservation Group, in collaboration with John Donald imprint, is producing a major publication to celebrate for the first time the raw materials which have been employed in forming Scotland’s traditional buildings. In total 14 different materials are examined, including stone, timber, iron, clay and slate. Each material is discussed by an expert in that field, reflecting regional variations,Front cover of Building Scotlandthe socio-economic stories behind the materials, and how they have shaped Scotland’s traditionally built environment.

Each chapter covers aspects of the material such as how it has been utilised over time, geographical variations throughout the country, the properties of the material and examples of its use. All the photography for the book has been commissioned from a young Scottish photographer to make it as visually impressive as it is informative.

To complement this new publication, an accompanying Building Scotland exhibition will also be touring Scotland for the next two years, working its way around the country from the Western Isles to the Borders. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and learn more about traditional Scottish building materials and the tools used to shape and work them.

The book, launched in March 2010, is available to purchase from Historic Scotland and major booksellers.



Contact us

Historic Scotland
Conservation Group,
Longmore House,
Salisbury Place,
Edinburgh,
EH9 1SH
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8668