Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Our free, online teaching resources explore Scotland's traditional building materials

Aimed at Curriculum for Excellence Level 2 (P5-P7), our online learning resources are full of fun illustrations, animations, videos, facts, and activities. Explore our courses on the Engine Shed Moodle website with free guest access.

Our iron resource helps you to investigate iron as a traditional building material. In it you will find out:

  • how iron has been used in buildings in Scotland 
  • how iron is processed from rock to metal
  • different ways of making iron objects
  • the skilled people who work with iron

Our stone resource helps you to investigate stone as a traditional building material. In it you will find out:

  • what different kinds of rock are found in Scotland
  • what types of stone have been used over the centuries
  • the skills used to build with stone
  • how our scientists monitor and investigate the stones which make up our historic properties
Moodle schools resources
Stone wall