Explore a variety of issues associated with the manufacture and use of bronze, brass, copper, lead and zinc in Scotland’s historic built environment.
Learn about the manufacture, use and conservation of non-ferrous metal products found in traditional Scottish buildings. A range of non-ferrous metals will be examined, although the architectural use of bronze and brass is the main focus of this module. (Copper, lead and zinc and the various non-ferrous alloys are covered in more detail in Module S: Roofing.)
The module begins with a historic overview of non-ferrous metals in Scottish architectural traditions from the medieval period to the 20th century. A look at the traditional manufacture of non-ferrous metals for architectural purposes emphasises the metallurgical processes for producing alloys.
Understanding the fundamental characteristics and physical properties of non-ferrous metals is the starting point for studying their means of conservation. Discover what’s involved in each stage of a repair programme, from how to survey and document a site to the specification, sourcing and fitting of new material – all according to best practice in conservation. There is an emphasis on the importance of planned maintenance to slow down corrosion.