Our annual summer school gives everyone the chance to learn the latest advice on the care of traditional buildings. The course is for anyone interested in traditional building skills, from conservation beginners to professionals.
The week-long introduction to building conservation and traditional building materials and method takes place from 11 - 15 June 2018.
Talks, workshops, field trips and hands-on activities will allow you to really get to grips with both the theory and practice of using traditional materials. You will explore how materials like stone, lime and metal work together to create the buildings around us – and gain insights into how to ensure their long life.
You’ll also learn about the effects of climate change on our heritage and hear how digital documentation is transforming the way we do conservation work today.
Lectures are given by Historic Environment Scotland conservation professionals and a selection of expert guest speakers.
The summer school will run for five days from 11 - 15 June 2018 between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
Learn about everything from conservation principles and traditional building materials to heritage project design. Visit a building at the beginning of its conservation journey.
Try your hand at stonemasonry, lime slaking and scientific stone and mortar analysis. You’ll also learn how these materials are used in traditional buildings.
Our survey and recording workshops will take you through cutting-edge digital documentation and research techniques.
Delve into Scottish architectural traditions and find out how climate change is affecting our built heritage. Examine vernacular traditions, energy efficiency and more.
See conservation up close and personal on this day-long field trip. Join us on guided tours through archaeological sites and see conservation work in action.
Tickets and bursaries
Day tickets are available or you can buy a ticket for the week. Bursary places are available to third-year undergraduate students on a building-related degree course.
Ticket costs include all tuition, materials and transport between activities throughout the day/week.
To book individual dates, see individual date events listings above or on our 'What's On' page.
£100 per day
10% discount for Historic Scotland members
Get in touch for more information on the building conservation summer school.