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The Science of Stone

Children and young adults are invited to join our drop in Science of Stone session where they will investigate this traditional material through scientific experiments.

Stone broch setting in grass against a coastal backdrop

Architectural Traditions: Prehistory to Reformation

A half day seminar that will give attendees an overview of the development of Scottish architectural design and construction from ancient times through to the post-medieval period.

Close up to a dry stone wall made up with stones of different sizes and colours

Introduction to Stone in Scotland

This seminar explores the use of stone in Scotland from prehistory to the present, with an overview of geology, petrography, mineralogy and material characteristics.

The image shows the corner of a stone building with a gable end and a stone slated roof

The Use of Stone in Construction and Its Decay Mechanisms

Discussion of traditional stone use in Scotland, from drystone walls to fine ashlar, including vernacular and regional styles, and how various agents of decay affect the material

image of St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on a sunny day

Introduction to Conservation Principles

This one day seminar will investigate how the conservation movement grew in Scotland from the 18th through to the late 20th century, and the enshrinement of current principles in international charters.

Image shows a Scottish cast iron plaque with a flower and foliage detail on it

Scottish Architectural Ironwork

Part of the Engine Shed Heavy Metal Week, this event will delve into the history of Scottish ironwork and its conservation.

Stone Repair and Conservation

A discussion of how to assess repair requirements, establish the correct level of intervention and decide the criteria used for specifying alternative types of stone repairs.

Developing a Conservation Project: Approach and Business Case

How to devise a repair strategy, establish objectives and priorities, identify outcomes, and determine feasibility of a project.

Exterior view of The Engine Shed

Heavy Metal Weekend

We invite you to join our Mötley Crüe at the Engine Shed for a weekend of ‘heavy metal’ at its best.

Conservation Plans and Statements

The importance of assessing and understanding the cultural significance of an historic site and its application in the development of a conservation plans or statements.