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Stone Repair and Conservation

A discussion of how to assess repair requirements.

Designations and Policy Guidance

An overview of legislation and policy regarding designated sites and objects.

Sustainability and Climate Change

The general principles of sustainability and the real and potential effects of climate change on Scotland’s built environment.

A plastic bucket filled with traditional lime mortar.

Mortars: Origins and Scottish Traditions

The historic background, sources and practices in the application of a range of traditional mortars.

A yellow traditionally harled wall.

Plasters, Renders and Harling

An overview of the traditional materials used.

Two people, one dressed in hi-vis clothing, look at each other in an indoor setting.

Improving Energy Efficiency

A discussion of current methods of sympathetically improving thermal performance in traditional buildings.

Two people crouching by a wall, one holding a clipboard, surveying the building.

Principles of Surveying

The role of documentation in the conservation process and a review of surveying techniques.

A person dressed in a white apron troweling an earth wall.

Earth Construction

An examination of the use of unfired earth construction in Scotland’s historic environment.

A brick wall. painted red and white.

Scottish Brickwork and Fired Earth Traditions

The contribution of brick, terracotta faience and other fired earth products to Scotland's historic environment.

A circular iron door knocker on a wooden door.

Traditions of Wrought Iron

An examination of the fundamental properties and physical characteristics of iron.

A cast iron snake's head.

The Scottish Iron Industry

The development of the Scottish cast iron industry.

A slate roofed brick building with round arched windows.

Slate Roofs of Scotland

A discussion of the origins of Scottish slate roofing from the 16th century to the present.