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Students reap benefits of traditional building skills training

15 June 2012

Summer School

Historic Scotland’s third annual Summer School has awarded completion certificates to nearly 30 undergraduate students from construction disciplines in universities across Scotland.  

Students on the week-long course learned about traditional materials, forms of construction, conservation ethics and emerging technical issues. They also had the opportunity to try their hand with a variety of craft skills with staff from Historic Scotland’s Conservation team.

The residential course, based at Historic Scotland’s Stirling workshop and Forth Valley College, was aimed at undergraduate students who have completed their third year in a building-related subject, such as architecture, surveying and structural engineering.

At Historic Scotland, Director of Conservation David Mitchell said: “The summer school seeks to raise awareness of the traditional buildings sector as an exciting career option and provides a taster for what we do in this area.’

“There are more than 446,000 traditional buildings in Scotland, ranging from the iconic sites such as Edinburgh Castle to the huge variety of vernacular buildings in cities, towns and villages. These buildings give us a sense of local and national identity, and provide the basis from a strong tourism industry’.

“ I have been very impressed by the level of enthusiasm shown by the students this week and it gives me great heart for the future’.

The graduation certificates were presented in Stirling last night by Historic Scotland Chief Executive, Ruth Parsons.

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Historic Scotland Chief Executive, Ruth Parsons (fourth right), and the agency’s Director of Conservation David Mitchell (right), with graduates from this year’s Summer School in Stirling.

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