Scientific analysis of building materials is vital to help conserve the more than 300 properties in Historic Environment Scotland’s care, and is this team’s focus. On-site analysis using non-destructive testing methods is the preferred approach wherever possible, as this minimises the impact on historic fabric.
The Conservation Science Team works closely with industry, and with other conservation bodies to deliver analysis to aid the curation of diverse objects. Strongly supportive of new research into Scottish building materials, the team typically supervises at least 15 PhD students at any one time.
The Engine Shed has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to create Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre. It enables us to encourage understanding of traditional building materials and skills among the public and professionals and raise standards in conservation for traditional buildings.