Tue 06 Feb, 2018
Specifying Hot-mixed Mortars - HES Technical Paper 28
Extra, extra! Read all about it! Here is Technical Paper 28 on specifying hot-mixed lime mortars written by our very own Director, Roz, commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Click on the link here to read a digital copy. Calce viva! (Alive Lime)
Tue 31 Oct, 2017
Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife 2017
From tomorrow until 16th December, we will again be a drop off point for the Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife! Please donate what you can and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you.
Tue 17 Oct, 2017
Coatbridge High Schools Visit
Earlier last week, we had the pleasure of introducing 20 S5 students from Coatbridge High Schools - St Ambrose, Coatbridge, St Andrews & Portland to a range of traditional building skills including lime plastering and stone carving as part of the Coatbridge Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Each of the students ...
Fri 06 Oct, 2017
Tranent Conservation Regeneration Scheme Training
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust were delighted to be asked to run a weekend lime pointing course at The Heugh Community Garden Project in Tranent as part of the Tranent Conservation Regeneration Scheme (CARS). The Heugh Community Garden Project is one of the initiatives created by STRiVE, the Third Sector ...
Tue 12 Sep, 2017
Royal visit to Charlestown Workshops - HRH Duke of Rothesay
HRH Duke of Rothesay presents award to SLCT's 20,000th learner Colin RowanThe Trustees and Director of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) were delighted to receive a visit from HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay to celebrate their 20, 000th learner, Colin Rowan of Rowan Stoneworks, Appin, Argyll on ...
Mon 14 Nov, 2016
Limekilns Primary School Visit
Just before the half term, a group of P6 school children from our local Limekilns Primary with their Head Teacher, Anne Marsh spent a day at Charlestown Workshops, learning all about building materials –different types of stone used in buildings and roof coverings like slate and pantile. Then the group ...
Thu 19 May, 2016
Training for Northern Ireland’s Historic Environment Division - May 2016
Last week saw our busy trainers head over the water to deliver four day’s of practical ‘hands-on’ training for the professional staff of Northern Ireland’s Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities, at their depot in Co. Armagh, fabulously resourced with stone walls and structures for practising all manner of conservation ...
Thu 31 Mar, 2016
New! For 2016
Come join us at Charlestown Workshops to learn new innovative techniques for masonry repairs, using plastic construction pieces. These new techniques are fully reversible and brightly coloured making for a very ‘honest’ repair and are easy to effect as ‘child’s play’. Start raiding your children’s building bricks collection now… Note: ...
Wed 03 Feb, 2016
Our HES (Historic Environment Scotland) Intern Anne Schmidt
Our HES (Historic Environment Scotland) Intern Anne Schmidt has been with us now just over three months working on our Historic Mortars Database. Anne is working at entering every sample we have analysed at SLCT from the very beginning in 1994 – 22 years’ worth of samples! This mammoth task ...
Wed 16 Dec, 2015
Scott MacAskill - Certificate of Excellence from The Radcliffe Trust
We are delighted and honoured to announce that our Principal Trainer, Scott MacAskill has received a Certificate of Excellence from The Radcliffe Trust to mark his exceptional merit in crafts.  The certificate has been signed by the Chairman of the Radcliffe Trust, Felix Warnock and by the long serving trustee, ...
Mon 14 Dec, 2015
Merry Christmas from The Scottish Lime Centre Trust
Many thanks to all our learners and clients over the past year, it has been a pleasure doing business with you all. Some of you have travelled a very long way to learn from us this year including delegates from India, Armenia, Estonia, USA, Ireland, Sweden and Norway to name ...
Fri 21 Aug, 2015
Historic Scotland Conservation Science Internship
Historic Scotland Conservation Science InternshipHistoric Scotland has an exciting opportunity in the form of a 6 month paid internship based at the South Gyle Conservation Centre to join the Conservation Science Team in carrying out analysis and reporting work. This internship will be involved in scientific work applied to the ...
Tue 23 Jun, 2015
Great news! The Scottish Lime Centre Trust have again been selected by the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) as a partner institution to distribute grants to those studying or working in conservation through the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund.  NADFAS have been a great supporter of The ...
Tue 16 Jun, 2015
Historic Scotland Historic Mortars Internship
Understanding the materials used in the construction of historic buildings is key in identifying appropriate conservation practices. The Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) hold an invaluable archive of mortar samples from historic sites across Scotland (and further afield), and corresponding analysis reports detailing the make-up of these mortars. Historic Scotland, ...
Thu 30 Apr, 2015
Damp in Buildings Seminar
This is the unmissable Masterclass of 2015! We are pleased to welcome back Mike Parrett, one of the world’s leading building pathologists and co-author of the RICS’ bestselling book ‘Diagnosing Damp’, recognised as the primary reference work on dampness in buildings.Building failure needs to be looked at holistically. Dampness, in particular, is ...
Fri 03 Apr, 2015
Anstruther CARS/THI - Free Training Opportunities
As part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme currently running in Anstruther, an exciting range of practical courses are being run to increase the skills of those working with traditional buildings in this area. The training will give those who work with or own a  traditional building ...
Fri 03 Apr, 2015
Cupar CARS/THI - Free Training Opportunities
As part of the Conservation Regeneration/Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme currently running in Cupar, an exciting range of practical courses are being run to  increase the skills of those working with traditional buildings in this area. The training will give those who work with or own a  traditional building the knowledge ...
Fri 06 Feb, 2015
The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative - Free training opportunity
Do you live or work in this area?? The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI), are offering people in this area the chance to learn the basics of Drystone Walling on Saturday 14 March 2015 at our Merryhill Training Centre. The IFLI are funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage ...
Thu 25 Sep, 2014
Temporary Email Disruption
Due to an ongoing error with our IT system, we are unable to send or receive email. We are still operating as normal. Any queries should be made by phone to 01383 872722. We hope to have this problem resolved as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this ...
Mon 25 Aug, 2014
The Margaret Murdoch Charitable Trust
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust have been awarded £5000 funding by The Margaret Murdoch Charitable Trust to distribute bursaries to anyone studying or working in conservation. This means that we are able to give bursaries to learners who want to attend our courses. The Margaret Murdoch Charitable Trust is a ...
Tue 15 Jul, 2014
SLCT Email back online
Our temporary IT problem with emails is now resolved. If you have sent an email to us in the last four days, please could you resend it and we will attend to your request as soon as possible. If your request  is more urgent, then please telephone us on 01383 ...
Wed 09 Jul, 2014
SLCT Temporary Email Disruption
Due to an ongoing error with our IT system, we are unable to send or receive email. We are still operating as normal. Any queries should be made by phone on 01383 872722. Course bookings on-line are unaffected. We hope to have this problem resolved as soon as possible and ...
Tue 10 Jun, 2014
Competition for two bursaries to cover the cost of our week long ‘Intensive course’ in Conservation masonry to be won!
Competition for two bursaries to cover the cost of our week long ‘Intensive course’ in Conservation masonry to be won! These two bursaries are generously sponsored by the Barbara Whatmore CT Trust and cover all fees amounting to £ 995 + VAT, travel and overnight accommodation costs are not included. ...
Tue 03 Jun, 2014
The Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust
We are proud to have helped develop with The Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust, a new lime centre in Kolkata, India! Following experienced Architect Neeta Das’ month long training and mentoring at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust in June 2013..., the Kolkata Lime Centre has now a programme of workshops to ...
Tue 04 Mar, 2014
Govan Traditional Building Maintenance Day
Free Event - Tuesday 25 March 2014, Pearce Institute, Govan G51 3UU
Tue 25 Feb, 2014
Spreading the word in Sweden
Busy as ever, our Director Roz flew out to Sweden to spread the word and understanding of natural hydraulic limes. Henrik Larsson (not the footballer!) of Hantverkslaboratorient, part of the University of Gothenburg, organised a seminar for over 65 building professionals in conjunction with the engineering company, Bjerling AB, who ...
Mon 24 Feb, 2014
Roz’s article on Admixtures and Additives for Lime Mortars in The Building Conservation Directory 2014
Look out for Roz’s article on Admixtures and Additives for Lime Mortars in The Building Conservation Directory 2014 – a clear explanation of the complex chemistry of water repellents, air entrainers and water retainers and how they can benefit the working and final performance properties of lime mortars aka ‘Pimp ...
Mon 27 Jan, 2014
Introduction to Lime Mortars for Structural Engineers
Last Friday (24 January) saw 12 Civil Engineers, Technicians and Stonemasons attend our very first course designed to introduce lime based mortars for the repair of historic masonry structures from arch bridges to harbours and lighthouses to retaining walls. Course participants enjoyed a morning of theory and learning to put ...
Mon 20 Jan, 2014
Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust are joining forces with Govan Cross THI, to offer a programme of free training for building contractors designed to raise the standard of repair on traditional buildings. The programme offers a pick and mix selection of one and two day training modules, covering lime mortars, ...
Tue 03 Dec, 2013
Mortar and Stone Analysis during the festive period.
Just a quick reminder that we close from Fri 20th December 2013 till Thu 2nd January 2014 If you want mortar analysis carried out and need the results before Christmas please ensure your sample reaches us by Mon 9th December. Results from any mortar samples received after this date will ...
Wed 27 Nov, 2013
Course price increase
We are very sorry but after 1 January 2014, the cost of our courses are going to rise by approximately £ 10 per day. We haven’t had a price increase for 8 years and have been up until now able to absorb increasing costs of fuel, materials and heating and ...
Fri 22 Nov, 2013
SLCT Email back online
Hurray! Our temporary IT problem with emails is now resolved. If you have sent an email to us in the last four days, please could you resend it and we will attend to your request as soon as possible. If your request  is more urgent, then please telephone us on ...
Tue 12 Nov, 2013
Watch out for plummeting temperatures!
This weekend saw some very cold temperatures indeed and plenty of freeze thaw cycles to boot!If you have suddenly donned a scarf, hat and gloves, think what this means for the building you are working on. The absolute minimum temperature for working with lime mortars is 5 degrees centigrade and ...
Tue 22 Oct, 2013
Visiting party from Slovenia
Last week was a busy one, with our Director, Roz hosting a visit by three delegates from the Visokošolsko Središče Sežana (Higher Education Centre in Sezana), Slovenia who were on a fact finding tour of how building conservation is organised in the UK. Peter Medica, the centre’s Director particularly admired ...
Mon 14 Oct, 2013
Limekilns Primary P7 pupils enjoy traditional building skills workshop...
Pupils from Limekilns Primary School visited Charlestown Workshops to help design features and amenities for our development proposals for our Yard Project. Robin Sharp from our local history interest group, the Gellet Society, gave the pupils a presentation on the history of Limekilns and Charlestown from medieval times onwards. Nick ...
Wed 09 Oct, 2013
New courses for Civil Engineers dealing with historic masonry structures
We are proud to announce the start of a new range of courses specifically designed to address the repair requirements of historic masonry civil engineering structures. The first introductory workshop introduces the range of lime and early patented cement based mortars that have been used in the past for the ...
Mon 23 Sep, 2013
Stone Yard Feasibility Study Project
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust is delighted to be appointing Ian White Associates Landscape Architects, Morham and Brotchie Quantity Surveyors and Douglas Wheeler Associates to undertake an important feasibility study project based at Charlestown Workshops to establish a showcase of Scottish traditional masonry construction, materials and construction techniques as well ...
Tue 17 Sep, 2013
3rd Historic Mortars Conference delegates visit
Over 50 delegates from the 3rd Historic Mortars Conference (organised and hosted by the University of the West of Scotland) descended on Charlestown Workshops for an informative presentation on the work of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) given by our Director Roz Artis. Delegates came from all over the ...
Tue 17 Sep, 2013
Doors Open day at Penicuik House, Saturday, 14 September 2013
Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) staff again put on building craft demonstrations and ‘have a go’ sessions as part of Penicuik House Project’s 7th Doors Open Day whilst Sir Robert Clerk of Penicuik House Preservation Trust (PHPT) gave two very well received guided tours of the site and fascinating history ...
Mon 09 Sep, 2013
A busy week ahead...
Roz is the Keynote Speaker at the 3rd Historic Mortars Conference hosted by the University of the West of Scotland. The audience comprises of over 100 delegates from all over Europe and further afield brought together to demonstrate and share their knowledge, research projects and findings. Roz feels it is ...
Tue 20 Aug, 2013
20% discount for IHBC Members
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust is pleased to announce a 20% discount to all IHBC members (all categories) from 1 August 2013 on our wide range of timetabled courses and workshops. We hope this will reinforce IHBC members’ Areas of Competence and make a very meaningful contribution to the on-going ...
Tue 06 Aug, 2013
We are recruiting
We are looking for enthusiastic, practically oriented and organised individuals to be a part of our team as an Admin Assistant and a Training Centre Support Labourer.  Please click here for more information “These vacancies are only available through Community Jobs Scotland. Applicants must be aged 16 to 19 years ...
Mon 29 Jul, 2013
Penicuik House Project
We are delighted to announce that following the completion of Phase 1 works at Penicuik House, all the training and education activities have been met or in some cases exceeded the targets set down by the main funders (Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund) and delivered by the Scottish ...
Fri 26 Apr, 2013
Buildings Archaeology Training Week @ Penicuik House
Training will involve all aspects of building recording. There will be an introductory talk before each activity explaining procedure and desired outcome. Activities will include: Excavation, area cleaning, producing written description/context records, photography, elevation, section and plan drawing at various scales, and digitizing of site drawings. There will be discussions ...
Thu 31 Jan, 2013
Mike Parrett, World Leading Expert on Damp in Buildings, to Deliver Seminar @ SLCT
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust is very pleased to welcome back Mike Parrett, a leading expert in building pathology and dampness investigation, to deliver a 1 day ‘Damp in Buildings Seminar’ on Friday 3rd May. This is a topic that anyone working with buildings, traditional or modern, will have to ...
Wed 14 Nov, 2012
NADFAS Funding Now Available
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust have again been selected by the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) as a partner institution to distribute grants to those studying or working in conservation through the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund.This means that we are able to give financial assistance to ...
Thu 08 Nov, 2012
Multi Award Winning Architect Malcolm Fraser To Deliver This Year's SLCT Christmas Lecture
We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for this year’s Scottish Lime Centre Trust Annual Christmas lecture will be multi-award winning architect Malcolm Fraser and his lecture is titled ‘The Luxury of Austerity’.Malcolm Fraser is an Edinburgh-based architect who runs a practice of the same name carrying out ...
Wed 17 Oct, 2012
Introducing SLCT Gift Vouchers
Introducing our new ‘easy to purchase’ Gift Vouchers (£90, £180 and £270 Inc VAT)Looking for gift ideas this Christmas or for birthdays and other special occasions? Why not try SLCT’s Gift Vouchers for a change!Get into the Christmas spirit with some new and novel gift ideas from the Scottish Lime ...
Wed 29 Aug, 2012
Penicuik House Doors Open Day
As part of this years Penicuik Arts Festival crafters will be transforming the training centre for a craft fair and demonstrations of a range of crafts including weaving, spinning, felting, knitting and Letter cutting in stone. This free event is a fun day out for all of the family. To ...
Mon 13 Aug, 2012
BLF's Introduction to Lime
This one-day course, organised by the Scottish Lime Centre for the BLF, is suitable for anyone who has not previously used lime or wishes to refresh their knowledge. There will be some classroom instruction but the majority of the time will involve practical work at re-pointing, plastering and limewashing.  The ...
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