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A timber door and window set into the side of a historic castle wall, made up of many intricate stones and shaped bricks.

Conserving Timberwork and Timber Windows

Thursday 7 March 2024

Engine Shed

Enthusiast, Professional

Quite technical

Event Description

Please note, full-day tickets have sold out for this event.

Three morning talks will examine the wealth of timberwork in Scotland’s traditional buildings, from major structural features like joists and rafters, to delicate finishing details like skirting boards, mouldings and panelling.

We will look at how these features should be repaired, maintained and conserved. We will also focus part of our discussion on ways to repair traditional simple sash and case windows.

A networking lunch will provide you with the opportunity to continue discussions and explore the Engine Shed.

In the afternoon, there will be guided tours of Stirling’s Church of the Holy Rude and the nearby Great Hall of Stirling Castle to inspect their remarkable timber roof structures – one being ancient and the other of recent construction.

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • discover the variety of timber types, their physical characteristics and their uses in Scotland’s traditional buildings
  • understand typical decay, defects and weathering issues in structural and finishing timberwork and how best to address these issues according to current standards of good conservation practice
  • understand the design, manufacture and use of timber sash and case windows, how they operate and why problems arise, and how to keep them in good working order


  • Gordon Urquhart, Postgraduate Course Manager at Historic Environment Scotland
  • Roger Curtis, Head of Technical Resources at Historic Environment Scotland
  • Peter Buchanan, Architect and Project Manager at Historic Environment Scotland

Thursday 7 March 2024


£45.00 - morning learning session (in person)
In person ticket includes lunch and refreshments.

Refreshments will be provided on arrival and lunch will be catered. Please contact our events team with any special dietary requirements.

£45.00 - morning learning session (virtual attendance)
A virtual ticket to the morning session.



£75.00 - full day learning session (in person)
Tickets have sold out for this full-day experience.


Engine Shed

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Dietary Requirements

  • Refreshments will be provided on arrival and lunch will be catered. Please contact our events team with any special dietary requirements.

Afternoon Site Visit

  • Walking will be required on the afternoon tour, so please wear suitable footwear and dress appropriately for seasonal weather as the tour will go ahead even if wet.

Cancellation and Refunds

  • Visit Historic Environment Scotland's Consumer Terms Site for information on our cancellation and refund policy.