HES - An Introduction to Building Conservation

10th October 2023 9:30 am

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:

  1. Learn how the materials, design and construction of traditional Scottish buildings affect function and performance over time.
  2. Understand the development of international conservation principles and ethics and how these inform and justify decisions affecting repairs, alterations and maintenance.
  3. 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

Who should attend?

We encourage graduates, heritage professionals and building practitioners from all disciplines interested in developing their knowledge and practice in traditional buildings to consider attending. We also welcome anyone responsible for a traditional building or with an interest in the broader aspects of building conservation in Scotland.

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