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Historic Scotland Summer School returns to Stirling

26 August 2011


Historic Scotland is holding its second residential summer school in building conservation, following last year’s successful launch.

The week long residential course, to be held in Historic Scotland’s Stirling based workshop from Monday 29th August until Friday 2nd September. The course is aimed at providing undergraduate students who have completed their third year in a building related subject with a grounding in building conservation principles and the use of traditional materials in the repair and maintenance of historic buildings.

The sessions will cover a wide variety of traditional materials including slate, stone, bronze and iron.  The students will also visit Stirling Palace and the Great Hall, have an architectural walking tour of Stirling and will also learn building techniques including masonry repairs, dry stone dyking, brick repair and maintenance.

David Mitchell, Director of Historic Scotland’s Conservation Group said: “Last year’s course was a huge success. It is designed to help meet the skills gap and enable students to learn from some of the leading specialists in the country.  

“It is vital that we preserve our traditional building skills for future generations.  It was great to see the students get hands-on experience and also develop a real passion for building conservation.”

Participants from each of the attending universities will be awarded a Historic Scotland Summer School 2011 certificate on completion of the course.

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


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk