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:


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:

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

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.


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

Under One Roof

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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!

Doors Open Day 2016- The Engine Shed- Success!

We hope you had the opportunity to visit a local Stirling building during Doors Open Day 2016. We were lucky enough to be based at The Engine Shed  for the weekend and have to say a fantastic time was had by all! It was lovely to meet our members in person and to also spread the word about the TBHC to new audiences. We received a lot of enquiries from individuals from areas outwith Stirling; showing us that there is the demand for the scheme to expand from Stirling in the future.


Our  inspector David Lindsay kindly allowed us to borrow his stone carved Easter Island Head for the” Guess the Weight” competition. We are delighted to announce that James Smilie from Stirling won this competition and will be receiving a Waterstones Giftcard in the post. The winner of our childrens competition was Jamie Swingler from Bridge of Allan who will be receving our lovely Wolf Toy “Craig” in the post along with a large jar of sweeties.


All in all it was a great weekend showing how protecting Stirling’s Historic buildings is achieved through various different skill sets and great organisations. We will definetly be back next year when the The Engine Shed is completed and open for business.  For more information on The Engine Shed visit their website


Next Event-Doors Open Day 2016- The Engine Shed

We hope you are excited about visiting many local attractions during Doors Open Day, 10th-11th September this year in Stirling.  Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event. Every weekend in September you can explore hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Many are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year some just once in a lifetime. Discover the inspiring architecture, places and spaces right on your doorstep or explore a new part of the country.
Find out what venues are participating in Stirling via the link here or viewing the booklet here


Engine Shed exterior (Source – Sophie McGovern, FFtF)

What is the Engine Shed?

Currently undergoing conversion, The Engine Shed will become Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre. Once up and running, the centre will be a dynamic and creative space with a full programme of interactive activities and exhibitions to allow people to fully explore the historic structures around them.

Originally part of a late 19th century military depot, The Engine Shed has been empty and unused since the 1990s. Come along and learn how Historic Environment Scotland are maintaining and converting the building

What is happening at The Engine Shed at Doors Open Day?

Children and adults of all ages can have a go at the techniques we use to protect Scotland’s historic structures. Visitors can also try their hand at traditional craft skills such as stain glass working and stone masonry, as well as discover what some of the artefacts recovered from Scotland’s most famous sites can reveal about our dynamic heritage.

Click on the video above to see what happened last year.

Visit TBHC!

The TBHC Team will be based at The Engine Shed during 10th-11th September.

If you are an existing member come on down and say hello- we are here to answer any questions you may have. Also, if you have a friend or neighbour who may  be interested in the scheme bring them along!

There will be a competition to win a year’s free membership- you could be the lucky winner!