It was a pleasure to sponsor the Scottish Traditional Building Forum event in the Scottish Parliament on the 28th-29th May.
Lecturers and students were delivering traditional building skills demonstrations and school children from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk and Fife were able to experience a hands on mini-masterclass in roof slating, stonemasonry, painting and decorating and joinery.
The mini-masterclasses were delivered by apprentices from Edinburgh College, City of Glasgow College, Dundee & Angus College, the University of Edinburgh and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors.
MSPs and staff were invited to attend and take the opportunity to discuss the apprentices routes into employment and their training, as well as receiving their own hands on mini-masterclasses in the trades being demonstrated.
The Scottish Traditional Building Forum works to raise the profile of specific issues relating to traditional buildings and building practices, in particular the need to raise the profile to address the condition of Scotland’s traditional buildings (pre 1919).
There has been a lot of activity to highlight the need to repair and maintain buildings appropriately and assistance to members of the public on how they can do this.
As you can see from the photographs I also took part in the workshops. I was guided by City of Glasgow College Lecturer and two students from the Plastering Department.