Traditional Roofing MasterclassBook courses
This day will look at the barriers and opportunities to preserve the character and appearance of our traditional roofs including skills and availability of materials.
- 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Roz Artis, Fiona Fisher, Scot Ansgeulaiche, Neil Grieve, Darren Saville & Scott MacAskill
- £ + VAT
The roof is often the most striking feature of a building and can be the most original and least altered part of its fabric. In Scotland, a myriad of materials have been used as roof coverings from natural slate, stone, metals and fired earth tiles to heather, marram grass and broom for Highland thatching.
The purpose of the roof can be easily summarised which is to collect all rain and snow and shed from the building and increasingly important, offer a degree of insulation and prevent the spread of flame in the event of a fire. It must also be able to deal with the moisture that is generated within the building and environmental issues primarily wind which will cause materials to lift and tear and heat which causes them to expand and contract.
Rather less obvious and a surprise to many people is the fact that roofs can account for up to 40% of the total volume of a building and can be roughly equivalent to a storey and a half of the building’s height. This day will look at the barriers and opportunities to preserve the character and appearance of our traditional roofs including skills and availability of materials.
Join us for an alternative Masterclass with opportunities to view demonstrations of traditional roofing practices and a chance to ‘have a go’ (so don’t wear a suit!). All PPE will be supplied (except for site boots)Course suitability:
This course is aimed at building professionals and contractors who own or have responsibility for traditional Scottish roofs. So you could be a building contractor, surveyor, architect, planner, engineer, heritage professional, homeowner or simply interested in our rich built heritage.
09.30 – 09.45
Welcome and context for the day
Rosamond Artis, Director, SLCT
09.45 – 10.15
Overview of Scottish roof coverings
10.15 – 11.15
Denigration of the character and appearance of Scottish roofs in the name of repair and maintenance
Conservation Officer, Fife Council
11.15 – 11.30
12.15 – 13.00
Traditional Highland thatching practices
13.00 – 14.00
14.00 – 15.45
Demonstrations and ‘have a go’ sessions including:
Traditional Highland thatching
Sizing and trimming Scottish slates
Setting out a roof for traditional random diminishing courses
Lead welding and bossing
Darren Saville of
Harrison & Duff Ltd
Scot Ansgeulaiche of
Scott MacAskill of
15.45 – 16.00
Summary of the day
Please note: The Scottish Lime Centre Trust reserves the right to withdraw or modify any course being offered. In the event of a programme being withdrawn, we will try to find suitable alternatives.