The continued use of traditional materials, such as stone, slate and lime mortar, in the repair and maintenance of historic buildings is of vital importance to maintaining and managing Scotland's stock of traditional (pre-1919) buildings. These traditional materials, and the skills and techniques required in their use, also provide a valuable connection to our past and inspiration for future employment.
Changes in construction materials and techniques since the end of World War I, have resulted in a serious decline in the skills used to construct and maintain historic structures. The scale and significance of this skills shortage has been highlighted in Historic Environment Scotland's 2009 audit of Scottish traditional building skills and it's related 2011 strategy.
Protecting and enhancing traditional building skills is a core strategic objective of PKHT:
"Building on its success in delivering traditional skills training as a key part of archaeology and built heritage conservation projects, PKHT will deliver a range of traditional skills training projects to encourage young people to consider careers in or related to traditional skills and/or to develop the skills of people currently working in relevant and related sectors."
Our projects are designed for a wide variety of audiences, ranging from school pupils to community payback workgroups. For more information, please contact our team's Skills Training Officer.
Providing opportunities to work with traditional materials such as stone, slate, timber and lime mortar and develop the skills needed to repair and maintain historic buildings.