Stirling City Centre Traditional Building Skills event

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.

Traditional Buildings Health Check van in Stirling 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.

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: