Part of Historic Environment Scotland
An old looking industrial building in a neglected state, taken from just outside the open doorway. The brickwork is stained with some windows boarded up, and others broken. Weeds and small trees are growing on the grounds.

An Introduction to Building Conservation

Tuesday 10 October 2023

Engine Shed


Quite technical

Event Description

Join us to explore the strategies and philosophies governing architectural conservation in Scotland. We will examine the nature of traditional Scottish building materials, and outline how international standards of good conservation practice can be applied to offset or adapt to the impact of climate change on our historic built environment.

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

Our full-day experience includes an afternoon site visit to Bannockburn House, where our team will lead you on a technical tour of this remarkable late 17th-century mansion and identify conservation techniques in practice.

Learning outcomes

You will:

  • learn how the materials, design and construction of traditional Scottish buildings affect function and performance over time

  • understand the development of international conservation principles and ethics and how these inform and justify decisions affecting repairs, alterations and maintenance

  • understand how key issues, including dramatic changes to climate and economy, are impacting Scotland’s traditional built environment and how these are being addressed


  • Dr David Mitchell, Director of Cultural Assets at Historic Environment Scotland
  • Ingval Maxwell, former Director of Technical Conservation, Research & Education at Historic Scotland
  • Roger Curtis, Head of Technical Resources at Historic Environment Scotland
  • Gordon Urquhart, Postgraduate Course Manager at Historic Environment Scotland

Tuesday 10 October 2023


£45.00 - morning learning session
A morning of lectures, Q&A and networking lunch at the Engine Shed.



£75.00 - full day learning experience at Engine Shed and Bannockburn House
A morning of lectures at the Engine Shed and an afternoon site visit to Bannockburn House.

Coach travel will be provided for the afternoon visit to Bannockburn House. Some walking will be required, so please wear suitable clothing and shoes. Floors in the house are uneven.

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


Engine Shed

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