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Hammertime! Get hands-on with Edinburgh’s traditional building trades

3rd August 2018

Edinburgh World Heritage

We know, we know. Everybody’s doing it in August. Yet another festival. Except, this is a festival with a twist. And a turn. And a lay, a point, a carve and a chisel.

It’s the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival, organised by the Scottish Traditional Building Forum. It runs from 14 – 17 August and Edinburgh World Heritage are co-hosting it with Architecture & Design Scotland in Bakehouse Close.

You’ll get to see up-close demonstrations of some of the important trades that are required to keep a historic city like Edinburgh in good condition, and you may even get an opportunity to try your hand at some of these skills yourself!

Tickets are free, and available from the links below:

Tuesday 14 August


10h30: Roof Slating Demonstration

Many of Scotland’s buildings have slate roofs, and Scott Miller of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors gives an informative demonstration of the skills and materials required to repair and maintain these roofs effectively. Tickets available here.

12h00: Lead Roofing Demonstration

Steve McLennan of the National Federation Roofing Contractors provides an enjoyable demonstration of the expertise required for creating and repairing lead roofing details – it’s vital these details are done correctly. Tickets available here.

13h30 Blacksmith Talk

Heavy Metal comes to the traditional building festival. Ali Davey from Historic Environment Scotland will give a talk on the important role of blacksmiths in the development of Edinburgh. This event is not at Acheson House but next door at Architecture & Design Scotland. Tickets available here.

Wednesday 15 August


10h30: Lime Render Demonstration

Roz Artis of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, demonstrates lime slaking, part of the alchemy of the lime cycle. These processes have provided building mortars and more for millennia. Tickets available here.

12h00: Decorative Plaster Demonstration

John Grandison and Will Napier will demonstrate the techniques and skills to repair traditional decorative plasterwork. Tickets available here.

13h30: Building Geology Walking Tour

Get up close and personal with the geology of Edinburgh on this walking talk. This event takes place at Calton Hill, not Acheson House. Tickets available here.

Thursday 16 August


10h30: Stone Demonstration

Stonemasonry skills demonstration – Scotland’s traditional buildings require similar skills and materials in their repair and maintenance as when they were built. Stewart Inkster and Marcus Paine of Stone Federation GB give a demonstration of stonemasonry. Tickets available here.

12h00: Innovation in the traditional building sector

Balancing Superhero Technology with Tradition; An Exclusive Sneak Peek Into 21st Century Historic Building Repair and Maintenance. This event is not at Acheson House but next door at Architecture & Design Scotland. Tickets available here.

13h30: Builders of Edinburgh’s New Town

Capricious? The work and status of the builders of Edinburgh’s first New Town. This event is not at Acheson House but next door at Architecture & Design Scotland. Tickets available here.

Friday 17 August


10h30: Painting & Decorating Demonstration

Marbling and graining techniques, signwriting skills – Mark Nevin, Nevin of Edinburgh demonstrates remarkable painting techniques used on traditional buildings. This event is not at Acheson House but next door at Architecture & Design Scotland. Tickets available here.

13h30: “Why build tenements in Scotland and did it matter?”

This presentation will focus on the dominant housing form in nineteenth century Scotland. The law and landownership are crucial elements in the explanation of tenement construction which has long had social, spatial and behavioural implications for Scots. Richard Rodger is author of a prize winning paperback The Transformation of Edinburgh: Land, Property and Trust in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press). This event is not at Acheson House but next door at Architecture & Design Scotland. Tickets available here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our courtyard at Acheson House