Explore the use of limes and other cementing binders in mortars, plasters, renders, harling, lime wash and plastic repairs, in traditional Scottish buildings on this short building conservation course.
What you'll learn
Discover the history, development and use of mortars, plasters and renders in a wide range of traditional Scottish structures. This will include innovations in production and application that developed during the 19th and 20th centuries.
You'll also learn how to assess all relevant aspects of a site, including exposure levels, substrate condition, and type.
Our experts will give you guidance on the practical application of:
You'll learn the full process, from substrate preparation (vegetation removal, cleaning, cutting back stone etc) to the aftercare of cured materials. You'll also learn the technical requirements of each.
Final site visits for 2019 are still to be confirmed, but past visits have included: Grandison Plaster workshop, Peebles; Bannockburn House; Edinburgh Castle; Moray House, Acheson House, Holyrood Palace, Croft-an-Righ (Edinburgh); Laurieston House, Saint Andrews in the Square, Britannia Panopticon, City Chambers (Glasgow).
Short courses are not formally assessed. Students will be awarded a certificate upon successfully completing this course. Anyone looking for a formal qualification can study our full diploma courseor separate units.
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.