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
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
Colin Tennant, Head of Traditional Skills & Materials for Historic Scotland
“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
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 email@example.com
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.