Part of Historic Environment Scotland
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Building conservation summer school

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 methods usually takes place in June each year.


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 from 11 - 16 June 2018 between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Booking details are to be confirmed. 

Tickets and bursaries

Day tickets will be 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

£450 full-week

£100 per day 

10% discount for members


Get in touch for more information on the building conservation summer school.

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