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Conservation training grants announced

7 October 2009

More training opportunities in masonry conservation are to be offered in Scotland thanks to additional funding announced by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

In addition to the 14 year long and 50 short term training opportunities that will be available through the bursary programme, Historic Scotland is also providing training grants in other conservation skills of up to £2,000.

Culture Minister Michael Russell said: “It is especially important that at a time like this, support is given to ensure training continues. Scotland has been a world leader in design, engineering and traditional skills for generations and these grants and bursaries will give people the opportunity to learn the skills to maintain and conserve our outstanding architectural landscape.”

The HLF award of £436,800 follows on from the successful £1m bursary programme established in partnership with Historic Scotland in 2004 which has seen 16 full time and 40 short term trainees study masonry work and take up placements all over Scotland.

The Minister added: “I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the trainees who have already completed the programme and was struck by the passion that they have, both for working on historic buildings and learning the traditional skills that they would not normally have had the opportunity to study.”

The new technical conservation grant created by Historic Scotland will give financial support to those looking for training in traditional skills areas other than masonry.

For more information on both the bursary programme and the technical conservation grants please visit or telephone 0131 668 8947.

Notes for editors

  • Images of masonry conservators are available by phoning 0131 668 8603.

  • Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment, skills and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 28,800 projects, allocating over £4.3billion across the UK.  Website:  For bursaries:   For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF Press Office on 020 7591 6036.  

  • 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 more information visit

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873