A World Leader In Her­itage

The En­gine Shed is a pow­er­house of con­ser­va­tion tech and ex­per­tise

The Scots Magazine - - Focus On… Stirling -

IF any build­ing leads the way in Scot­land in terms of restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion, it’s surely the En­gine Shed. Part of an old mil­i­tary com­plex on the banks of the Forth near Cam­busken­neth, it is Scot­land’s Na­tional Build­ing Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tre.

Opened in 2017 and run by His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land, the build­ing of­fers pub­lic ac­cess six days a week and is a learn­ing and tourism re­source for all of Scot­land.

Events are struc­tured to suit a range of technical un­der­stand­ing, from fam­ily-friendly to pro­fes­sional. You might want to in­ves­ti­gate ma­te­ri­als used in tra­di­tional build­ings, or sim­ply to join a sketch­ing class.

Events change week to week. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is free, although there are some paid events.

One ex­hi­bi­tion at­tract­ing a great deal of in­ter­est is the story of seven stone­ma­sons who left Ed­in­burgh New Town in 1794 to help build the White House in Washington. While Scot­tish crafts­man­ship was in de­mand over 200 years ago, the art of con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion is be­ing spread world­wide to­day thanks to the En­gine Shed. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til April, 2019.

“There are a few places in the UK which fo­cus on par­tic­u­lar as­pects of what we do at the En­gine Shed but in­ter­na­tion­ally it is fairly unique,” says HES di­rec­tor of con­ser­va­tion Dr David Mitchell. “A num­ber of high-level over­seas del­e­ga­tions have come to see how we op­er­ate.

“Scot­land is world-lead­ing in the re­search and de­liv­ery of the con­ser­va­tion of tra­di­tional build­ings and ma­te­ri­als.

“The En­gine Shed is home to our technical ex­perts, our sci­ence teams and our digital team who laser-scan build­ings and bring them to life in three di­men­sions.

“Our out­reach team de­liver ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­ity in Stir­ling and across Scot­land. We run cour­ses and events to raise stan­dards but a key as­pect of the En­gine Shed is

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