The TBHCS is working to provide a comprehensive resource to help you understand and maintain your traditional property.  If you are looking for help with technical matters, multiple ownership issues or just want to know a little more about the history of your building, we hope these resources will assist you.

Please browse the appropriate heading.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for please get in touch.

If you know of other relevant sources of information that you think would be a valuable addition to this webpage please let us know.

Maintenance & Repair
Publications: books and online

Books you may find useful:

The Tenement Handbook (1992) – Gilbert & Flint Available to buy online

The Care and Conservation of Georgian Houses (1995) – Davey, Heath, Hodges, Ketchin & Milne

Dictionary of Scottish Building (1996) – Glen L. Pride

The Penguin Dictionary of Building 1984 – John S. Scott

RIAS Illustrated Architectural Guides:

A series of architectural guides to Scotland commissioned and published by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Relevant volumes include:

Stirling and the Trossachs (1985; 1994) – McKean


The Pevsner Architectural Guides:
A series of guides to the architecture of the British Isles. Initiated by the acclaimed art historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner in the 1940s, the series was extended to Scotland in the late 1970s.

Pevsner Glossary App (iPhone/iTunes)

The Buildings of Scotland relevant volumes include:

Stirling and Central Scotland (2002) – Gifford & Walker


Rice’s Architectural Primer. An illustrated guide to the Vocabulary and Grammar of British Buildings (2009) – Matthew Rice

Rice’s Church Primer. An illustrated guide to the Vocabulary and Grammar of Church architecture (2013) – Matthew Rice

Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture 800-1914 (1993) – Jill Lever and John Harris

A History of Scottish Architecture – From the renaissance to the present day (1996) – Glendinning, MacInnes & McKechnie.

The Dictionary of Scottish Architects
A database providing biographical information and job lists for all architects known to have worked in Scotland during the period 1840-1980 online at

Multiple Ownership
Protection and Regulation
International Guidance and Regulation
National organisations
Local organisations
Scottish City Heritage Trusts
Researching your building
Amenity Societies/Membership Organisations
Other Information Sources
Activities and Participation
Professional Institutes
Traditional Building Skills Training and Grants

If you are a trades person, contractor or crafts person looking to upskill or assess whether you have the appropriate knowledge and skill to work on traditional buildings look on the Construction Industry Training Board Scotland (CITB) website.  CITB can provide grants to “in-scope” companies for up-skilling and signposting people to the right training courses in your area.

Accredited Training is available via your local Further Education College:

Forth Valley College

National Heritage Training Group website for heritage training in your area



Edinburgh University

Heriot Watt, Edinburgh

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

University of Strathclyde

Forth Valley College

Funding Sources
For Community projects and charitable groups

The Architectural Heritage Fund 

Heritage Lottery Fund


Available to the above and individuals

Historic Environment Scotland– Grants

Stirling City Heritage Trust


Resource for finding other sources of funding:

The Heritage Funding Directory