Traditional Roofing Masterclass

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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.

Dates:
Time:
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Trainers:
Roz Artis, Fiona Fisher, Scot Ansgeulaiche, Neil Grieve, Darren Saville & Scott MacAskill
Venue:

Charlestown Workshops

Price:
£ + 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.

Course programme:

09.30 – 09.45

Welcome and context for the day

Rosamond Artis, Director, SLCT

09.45 – 10.15

Overview of Scottish roof coverings

 

Neil Grieve

SLCT Trustee

10.15 – 11.15

Denigration of the character and appearance of Scottish roofs in the name of repair and maintenance

 

Fiona Fisher

Conservation Officer, Fife Council

 

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee

 

12.15 – 13.00

 

Traditional Highland thatching practices

 

Scot Ansgeulaiche

Highland Thatching

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

 

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

 

Neil Grieve

 

Scot Ansgeulaiche of

Highland Thatching

 

Scott MacAskill of

MacAskill Masonry

 

 

15.45 – 16.00

Summary of the day

Roz Artis

 

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.

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Scottish Lime Centre Trust is a charity registered in Scotland No: SCO22692

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