Part of Historic Environment Scotland
A close up of straw as part of a thatched roof

Master Builders: Working with Thatch

Saturday 26 October 2019

Engine Shed

Family friendly

Least technical

Event Description

Join us for thatch day, part of our Master Builders programme, where families can get hands on with the materials used to conserve Scotland's traditional buildings. 

Thatch has been used as a roofing material in Scotland for centuries,  but did you know it can be made out of many different plants? The material was collected very close to the building site and could be straw, long grass and even heather, depending what was available.  

Learn about the different materials used for thatching throughout Scotland and help to thatch our model cruck frame in the Engine Shed. Do you have what it takes to become a thatcher? 

Don't forget to pick up your Master Builder Log Book and to collect a stamp each time you visit to become an Engine Shed Master Builder.

Master Builders take place on the fourth Saturday of the month (term time only).

Additional information

This activity may get messy. Please wear appropriate clothing. We provide the appropriate personal protective equipment for all of our activities (for example masks, safety glasses and gloves).

Please note

Activities suitable for ages 7+. Parental/guardian supervision is required for the duration of the activity.


During the course of public events we may take photographs for use on our website or other promotional material. This would be done under the lawful basis of legitimate interests. 

For and photographs of individual children we will ask for your consent. If you have any questions about this please speak to the photographer, or see our privacy notice.

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Select from 1 available date until Sat 26 Oct 2019

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