Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Diploma final project

Consolidate your skills, knowledge and understanding by taking part in a practical exercise which reflects the real-life activity of a professional conservator.



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6 weeks


20 April - 29 May 2020



Study time

Taught:Self led


As a stand-alone short course:£75*

Working as part of a small team, you'll undertake an intensive six-week case study project. As part of the project, you'll identify, research, survey, assess and specify a programme of repair works for a structure on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register.

Your team will then be tasked with developing proposals for altering or converting the redundant structure to facilitate a new, alternative use.

You'll be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the many real and abstract challenges faced by a conservation professional. You'll need to address these challenges creatively as you develop a project to secure a future for an important historic building.

*This unit is part of the Advanced Technical Diploma and cannot be taken independently. 

Course content


During the final project, you will carry out a practical exercise to develop the skills you have learned throughout the diploma.

As part of this project, you will prepare:

  • a report written, illustrated and produced jointly with a team
  • an illustrated presentation to be presented by your team to an invited audience at the Engine Shed

Potential site visits

The final project is focused around a Scottish building at risk. As well as visiting this site, you'll visit and engage with a range of stakeholders typically involved in conservation projects, including: 

  • owners
  • local authority planning officers
  • conservation specialists
  • building preservations trust
  • local community and amenity bodies 


The final project will be assessed on a report and illustrated presentation. The audience for the presentation will include a wide range of conservation and heritage professionals, and may include course tutors, Historic Environment Scotland staff, project stakeholders and external examiners. 

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