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Scotland's Traditional Building Skills Sector to be focus of event in Glasgow

21 October 2011

Scotland’s traditional building skills sector will be the focus of an event in Glasgow this November.

Historic Scotland is re-launching its Scottish Traditional Building Skills Forum which aims to bring together different parts of the industry to look at key trends and challenges in promoting vital skills both now and for the future.

The forum is open to anyone with an interest in the sector, and the initial meeting will focus on traditional skills development and training issues.

A number of presentations and case studies will take place including a three-year project to restore and regenerate Dalkeith’s built heritage, the availability of Heritage Lottery funds for developing traditional building skills, and energy efficiency.

Contributors will include Angus College, Telford College, Construction Skills,
Les Compagnons Du Devoir and McRitchie Traditional Carpentry.

Future topics will include areas such as stonemasonry, traditional carpentry and joinery, roofing and blacksmith work, all of which played a crucial role in establishing Scotland’s built heritage.

Colin Tennant, Head of Traditional Skills & Materials for Historic Scotland said;

“The Forum worked well in the past but there were a number of areas that we felt could be refreshed.

“We really want this to be a vehicle which stimulates discussion and debate, and it is a useful opportunity for anyone with an interest in the sector to come along and discuss issues affecting the sector.

“We’ve aimed to make the event as varied as possible in terms of the presentations to be covered as well as incorporating in a number of opportunities to really draw out key issues for discussion and we look forward to welcoming people to the first event.”  

The Forum has been reconvened following the launch of Historic Scotland’s traditional skills strategy in May, and aims to disseminate research and best practice, generate debate, and contribute to future sustainable developments in the heritage and construction sectors.

Speakers from Historic Scotland include Director of Conservation, David Mitchell, who is chairing the event, Ian Walker, Traditional Skills Manager & Charles Jones, Traditional Skills Officer and Nathaniel Havinden, Craft Fellow, Historic Scotland.

Also speaking are John Laing, Senior Sector Business Manager Construction, Engineering and Renewables: Edinburgh Telford College, John McRitchie, of McRitchie Traditional Carpentry, Colin Johnson, Curriculum Manager Construction, Angus College, and Philip Ford, Skills Strategy manger, Construction Skills.

The first forum takes place at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on 16th November. from  9.30am till 4.15pm. Places are free. For more information please contact Jane Milroy at Historic Scotland on 0131 668 8634 or jane.milroy@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or visit our website Scottish Traditional Building Skills Forum


Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.




For further information


Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858
iona.matheson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk