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Summer school offers unique opportunity for conservation training

5 April 2012

Undergraduates are being invited to apply for places on a free conservation course run by Historic Scotland that will help extend skills and improve employment prospects.

Leading specialists from Historic Scotland are convening the Technical Conservation Summer School in the Stirling area in June, where students will gain an insight into the use of traditional building materials and skills within Scotland’s built heritage.   

All traditional buildings depend upon the application of appropriate skills and materials to secure them for current and future generations. Students on the course will be taught how traditional buildings were constructed, and learn about traditional materials through lectures and hands-on activities.

Historic Scotland is only able to offer a limited number of places on the course, which is open to undergraduates in their third year of study in a building related subject, including architecture, building surveying, planning and structural engineering. (Students studying building conservation are not eligible to apply.)

Costs of attending the course including all accommodation and meals will be covered by Historic Scotland for the duration of the one-week course (June 11th to 15th),. Successful applicants have to make their way to and from the course at the start and end of the course.

Students from outlying areas such as the Highlands and Islands are eligible to apply for a travel subsidy.

Anyone wishing to apply should email by Monday 16th April with a CV and answering the following questions: why would you like to complete this course? What is your favourite Scottish traditional building and why? What do you hope to learn from the course? Why should we select you over other applicants?

Any further queries should be sent to Hazel Johnston at Historic Scotland, at the above email address, or phone 0131 668 8683.

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.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                        Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805