Stirling Traditional Skills Demonstration Days – 4th & 5th October 2018

Stirling City Heritage Trust are delighted to announce they will be hosting a Traditional Skills Demonstration Day in partnership with the Forth Valley Traditional Building Form.

The event will take place on the 4th and 5th October in Port Street.

Come along and try your hand at sign writing, stone masonry, roof slating, joinery and painting and decorating and discover the skills that are so important to maintaining our built heritage.

The event is a free drop in and we look forward to seeing many of you there!

New Traditional Building Repair Grant

Stirling City Heritage Trust is pleased to announce that the small repair grant for TBHC members will recommence shortly.   The Traditional Building Repair Grant (TBRG), will be open to TBHC members for eligible repairs to the building exterior identified in your TBHC Inspection Report as a priority.  The grant will be set at 50% of eligible works up to a maximum grant per building per year of £5,000.   So, for example, on a building in shared ownership, that is £5,000 in total for any common repairs which would be divided between TBHC members.  In addition, for those in multiple ownership properties, as individual owners you can apply for a further £2,500 per year for repairs that are solely your own responsibility e.g. window repairs.

Further details on the application process will be issued in the coming weeks.   This will now include a pre-application stage.  You will need to agree a list of works with us before obtaining contractors’ quotes.  This is to address some of the difficulties both the Trust and owners have previously had in obtaining comparable quotes with works that are grant eligible.   This ‘list of works’ may be prepared by you, a building professional or experienced contractor.  TBHC is also introducing and trialling a Small Repair Schedule to assist as an option where works are small in scope.

King Street Exhibition

 

Ever wanted to know more about one of Stirling’s most historic and prestigious streets?

Did you know it was originally called High Gait and then Quality Street before finally being renamed King Street?

Come and see the Trust’s new exhibition in The Stirling Arcade until the 25th September and pick up a free booklet on the heritage of King Street.

Funding announced

Historic Environment Scotland has awarded Stirling City Heritage Trust funding for the next 3-years from 2018 – 2021.  The funding recognises the success of the TBHC pilot project and supports its continuation.

This funding is very important for Stirling.  It will allow Stirling City Heritage Trust to direct resources to local heritage-led projects, and continue our work to regenerate buildings within the city centre and to support all owners of traditional properties in the city boundary through the Traditional Buildings Health Check.

David Black, Chair of Stirling City Heritage Trust, said:

It is great news that Historic Environment Scotland will be funding the Trust for a further three years from April 2018 including continuation of the Traditional Buildings Health Check, based on Stirling’s successful pilot scheme.  This investment will allow us to continue to work in partnership with property owners in the repair and maintenance of the built heritage of Stirling. This is vital to the city’s economy, and crucial in safeguarding and conserving the rich cultural heritage found in the traditional buildings of Stirling.”

Projects will support the local construction sector and encourage the use of traditional skills required to repair and maintain buildings appropriately.  Training opportunities will be available.

Stirling Traditional Skills Demonstration Day Success!

The next generation of craftsmen and women whose skills will help preserve Scotland’s architectural heritage had a chance to learn more about traditional building techniques at an event in Stirling.

Organised by the Stirling City Heritage Trust and the Forth Valley Traditional Buildings Forum, the two day traditional building skills event included demonstrations of stonemasonry, specialist joinery, roof slating and painting and decorating.

Inspiring future generations to keep these traditional skills alive was the major purpose of the event and secondary pupils from six schools across Stirling who are beginning to think about their career choices, had an opportunity to try their hands at traditional crafts.

During the event the school children were visited by MSP Bruce Crawford, MSP Mark Russell and MP Stephen Kerr who under the guidance of young apprentices, also tried to master some of the skills.

Looking around Stirling, it is easy to see that what makes Stirling such a beautiful city, it is the beautiful traditionally constructed buildings around us. It is important that the homeowners of these buildings and the next generation look after and learn to maintain and repair these buildings.

The event, which was held in Port Street was open to anyone interested in a career in traditional building construction or property owners concerned about the condition of their building.

If you know a young person who may be interested in a traditional skill as a career path- make sure to contact “The Engine Shed” Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre which has recently opened in the heart of Stirling for more information www.engineshed.org