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Soap Carving

Children and young adults are invited to join our drop in soap carving session where through using soap and tools they will discover this traditional material and the traditional skill of stonemasonry further.

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.

Stained Glass Picture Making

Get creative and make a colourful stained glass window picture.

Stained Glass Painting

Paint a colourful design onto your own glass pot to take away.

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.

a man with a hard hat and high visibiliy vest surveys a gutter on a building

Conservation in Context

This one day seminar will explore the recognition of international standards in conservation work and how these have been applied in post-war work in the Scottish context.

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Principles of Project Management

A discussion of the overarching framework within which conservation projects are undertaken, with an emphasis on best practice.