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

Scottish Lime Centre- 20,000th Trainee Celebration

Our building inspector (and expert stonemason) Richard Groom was delighted to participate at the Scottish Lime Centre’s celebration event for their 20,000th Trainee.

The Scottish Lime Centre holds courses that include how to make and use traditional lime mortars, plasters, renders and limewashes as well as for more technical building conservation and science.

Traditional and sustainable building being close to HRH The Duke of Rothesay’s heart- the Duke was delighted to pay a visit to the Scottish Lime Centre and experience the skills being learnt by young school children- of which Richard was teaching how to carve stone.

To find out more about the Scottish Lime Centre please visit their website: http://www.scotlime.org/en/

Stirling Skills Demonstration Day- 5th and 6th October 2017

The Stirling City Heritage 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 5th and 6th October in Port Street (between the entrance to the Thistles centre and New Look).

Come along and try your hand at 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!

Doors Open Day – September 2017

 

For Doors Open Day 2017 – The Stirling City Heritage Trust will be hosting a guided tour of John Allan (Stirling’s most famous architect) Buildings on Wednesday 20th September 6pm-7pm.

This walk around the Stirling city centre and King’s Park will visit a number of John Allan’s most important buildings and discuss the work and life of this most extraordinary man who contributed so significantly to the townscape of Stirling. If you would like to attend please contact Lindsay Lennie on 01786 498 462

Doors Open Days and Archaeology Month are family friendly and all completely free of charge for you to enjoy, no matter how old you are. This year we are celebrating 23 years of Doors Open Day in Stirling. We hope you enjoy visiting the many wonderful buildings which are opening their doors this year and all the exciting and varied events organised for Archaeology Month. Look out for the blue banners / balloons on participating buildings.

For more information on Doors Open Days events please visit the website: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/

 

Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage Conference

We are delighted to announce we have been confirmed to speak at the Inaugural International Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage Conference taking place 1-3 September 2017 at Stirling University.

Our Building Inspector Richard Groom will be giving a talk on “Asessing the Health of Traditional Buildings” and our Grants Manager Lindsay Lennie will be giving a talk “Shopfront Facade Enhancement Schemes: A Lasting Legacy?”.

More information about the conference can be found here: https://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/news-and-events/global-challenges-in-cultural-heritage/

TBHC Members Exclusive Tour- Bannockburn House

A fantastic time was had by all at Bannockburn House yesterday. TBHC members were lucky enough to have an exclusive tour of the grand historic building by the Bannockburn House Trust Vice Chair, Willie McEwan.

Steeped in local history and an important part of Stirling’s heritage; the Bannockburn House Trust and a group of hardworking volunteers are busy restoring the house to its former glory.

The house is most famous for its links to “Bonny Prince Charlie” who in January 1746, at the invitation of Sir Hugh Paterson, was to make Bannockburn house his headquarters after his army’s long march back from Derby where he had tried to drum up English support for the Jacobites. It was during his stay at Bannockburn, after his victory on the 17th January against the Hanovarian army at Falkirk Muir, that he developed a fever.

He was looked after by Clementina Walkinshaw, who was an ardent Jacobite supporter. A bullet hole still remains in the wall where the head of the bed was in the room which Prince Charles had occupied. Legend has it that it was caused by the bullet of an assassin fired through the bedroom window.

If you would like to find out further information, volunteer or donate to keep the Bannockburn House alive for many years to come please visit the Bannockburn House Trust website http://www.bannockburnhouse.scot/

TBHC Commercial Inspection- The Smith Art Gallery and Museum

We were delighted to carry out an inspection for one of our commercial members- The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum at the end of 2016.

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum is an important building and part of Stirling’s great heritage. Formerly the Smith Institute, it was established in 1874 by the bequest of the artist Thomas Stuart Smith (1815-1869) on land supplied by the Burgh of Stirling.

It was initially created as a gallery for contemporary art, with a museum and library reading room for the residents of Stirling. Nowadays, it functions as a gallery, museum and cultural centre for the Stirling Area.

We are proud to have the museum as one of our members and help them maintain this beautiful building in Stirling for years to come.

If you know of a commercial building that would benefit from joining the TBHC scheme please do not hesitate to contact us.

TBHC New Van!

If you are out and about in Stirling, look out for our newly branded van!

Our team are always carrying out inspections across Stirling city centre. Come over and say hello if you see the team.

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RICS Building Surveying Conference – Scotland

If you are visiting the RICS Building Surveying Conference on the 3rd November at the SECC, Glasgow. Make sure not to miss Sonya Linskaill, Manager of the Stirling City Heritage Trust who will be speaking at 3.30pm about the Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme.

Further information about the conference can be found here http://www.rics.org/uk/training-events/conferences-seminars/rics-building-surveying-conference-scotland/glasgow/

Under One Roof

Under One Roof (http://www.underoneroof.scot )

 

Under One Roof, is a major new free website designed to help the half million plus private flat owners in Scotland with the complex and important task of carrying out repairs to their shared properties. Part of the RIAS Festival of Architecture 2016, it was launched by Scottish Government Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP at an event in Glasgow last month.

 

The website contains information on both legal obligations and building repair issues. There’s over 100 articles on flat owners’ legal responsibilities towards their co-owners including downloadable model letters will make the whole process easier for owners, and advice on dealing with owners who refuse to participate in critical repairs.

The website compliments the work of the Traditional Buildings Health Check, with over 70 technical information articles that assist owners to identify repair problems and the construction of their buildings.

 

Overall this is an invaluable new resource for all flat owners including those in traditional buildings and we highly recommend you give it a look!