Study the use of unfired earth construction in Scotland’s historic built environment, a practice with ancient and obscure origins.
Various vernacular Scottish buildings feature walls, floors and coatings made of unfired earth, turf and clays, and a key focus is their use alongside timber, thatch and other local materials. You will examine the nature of building clays and associated earth or turf products, their material characteristics and known sources.
Weathering and decay processes and the effects of man-made wear or damage are studied. You will touch on repair and restoration techniques using traditional and modern tools, and follow the full life cycle of a repair project – from survey and diagnosis to on-site installation. Conservation repair principles are an important area of discussion throughout.