Gain a historic overview of the development and use of mortars, plasters and renders in traditional Scottish structures, and their continued use today.
What you'll learn
Learn about the classification of raw materials, and discover the impact they have on the physical properties of mortars. Explore the use of limes and other cementing binders in plasters, renders, harling and lime wash, as well as building mortars, in traditional buildings.
The specification process is a key part of this course. Benefit from expert guidance on the practical application and conservation of plasters, renders and traditional harling, from substrate preparation to the aftercare of cured materials.
Learn how to assess all relevant aspects of a site, including exposure levels, substrate condition, and type of structure to ensure an accurate specification.
This course will also teach you how to analyse mortars using techniques including:
You will learn how to prepare mortars, focusing on the impact of water content and mixing time, the effects of additions during preparation, and the technical suitability of restoration mortars versus ready-mixed materials.
Production of mortars
Conservation of lime mortars
Scottish plasterwork traditions
Repair and conservation of historic plasterwork
Repair and conservation of traditional renders
Short courses offer the opportunity to learn about building conservation through lectures, hands-on workshops, and site visits.
It's one thing to hear about lime mortar in a lecture, but it's an entirely different experience to be able to point it out on a building, and have a go at mixing it.
A great introduction to the key issues, materials, skills and techniques that all conservators – from homeowners to industry professionals – have to come to grips with when looking at traditional buildings.
"One of the key things I learned was the importance of maintaining and sustaining traditional skills as a viable career option going into the future. We cannot conserve our past effectively without the proper understanding of those past traditional skills."
Attending has enabled me to share ideas and to network with professionals and like-minded people in the field.
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The Engine Shed has been supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage 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.