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 ...
Thu 26 Jul, 2012
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust is 18!
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) is coming of age, we turned 18 this summer!With more than 10,000 learners through our gates and over 4,000 building advisory projects and mortar analyses under our belts throughout the last 18 years, the knowledge and skills base at the SLCT is unrivalled. This ...
Mon 14 May, 2012
Funding for Courses
Many of our courses here at Charlestown Workshops have recently been approved by ILA Scotland. ILA Scotland is a Scottish Executive scheme that can help you pay for the cost of your learning.If you are over 18 and living in Scotland, you may be eligible for up to £200 a ...
Mon 06 Feb, 2012
Make More of Mondays with RCAHMS
Are you interested in Scotland’s architecture, archaeology, history or geography? Want to find out what the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) holds in it's collections and how you can start using them for research? This year, RCAHMS is hosting a series of monthly induction ...
Wed 11 Jan, 2012
Funding for courses
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust have been selected by the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) as being a suitable 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 ...
Tue 20 Dec, 2011
Scottish Lime Centre Director Endorsed by RICS
Here at SLCT we are excited to announce that our Director, Roz Artis-Young has recently become an elected professional member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). To read more about Roz's achievement and SLCT's latest news Click here to download our latest newsletter (2.5MB).
Tue 08 Nov, 2011
Flexible Funding for Training
Skills Development Scotland still have funding available to support Flexible Training Opportunities for employees and freelancers. This new funding recognises that enhancing employees' skills will bring real benefits to your business including improved productivity and a stronger more confident workforce. The Flexible Training Opportunities programme gives Scottish businesses with 50 ...
Tue 16 Aug, 2011
Free Fun Events for Sept
We have a range of fantastic free events this September for those who would like to find out more about the Scottish Lime Centre Trust or visit the Penicuik House Project.As part of this years Penicuik Arts Festival crafters will be transforming the training centre for a craft fair and ...
Mon 15 Aug, 2011
Bruce Festival 2011
SLCT will again be attending the Bruce Festival's medieval village event held Pittencrieff Park, Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th August @ 12pm-4pm each day. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever, the world of medieval Scotland will spring to life with a thrilling equestrian show, arts and ...
Mon 13 Jun, 2011
Leith Festival Gala Day
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust were at Leith Festival Gala Day this year with a stall giving demonstrations of traditional building techniques and providing advice for homeowners to help them repair and maintain their property. Despite the wet weather visitors to SLCT's stall were able to watch SLCT's Training Co-ordinator, ...
Wed 01 Jun, 2011
Newsflash! You won't want to miss our CPD Seminars
At the Scottish Lime Centre Trust we are committed to delivering training and CPD of the highest quality to continue to inform those working within the built heritage sector. For 2011 we have a comprehensive programme of training and seminars delivered by renowned experts in their field from throughout the ...
Mon 16 May, 2011
Dealing With Damp
Here at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust we were delighted to welcome back Mike Parrett to deliver another seminar dealing with the common problem of damp in buildings as part of the Penicuik House Project. Mike is co-author of the RICS best seller, ‘Diagnosing Damp’, the recognised primary reference work ...
Mon 02 May, 2011
Clay building workshops in Fife
An exciting clay building project being is currently being undertaken in Fife to create a new shelter in Letham Park. This fantastic community project is being undertaken by local earth building specialists Little and Davie and the shelter has been designed by Tom Morton Architects. The project is funded with ...
Sun 01 May, 2011
Free courses for Fife
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust has been commisioned to deliver courses to encourage traditional building repair and maintenance as part of the Dysart Townscape Heritage Initiative and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme. Courses will be held at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust workshops in Charlestown,Fife, and are aimed at owners of ...
Fri 01 Apr, 2011
Engineering & Construction Showcase at Angus College
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust were for the second year running asked to attend the Engineering & Construction Showcase held at Angus College, an annual event showcasing the latest technology, careers and opportunities within the construction and engineering industries. The event gives potential learners and apprentices the opportunity to gain ...
Fri 04 Mar, 2011
New DVD now available
SLCT are pleased to announce the release of their new instructional DVD 'Traditional masonry building repair'. This comprehensive DVD is the definitive guide to masonry repair, illustrating the practical techniques required to conserve, repair and maintain traditional masonry buildings using lime mortars. The DVD takes you from the initial building ...
Thu 13 Jan, 2011
International Course on Stone Conservation
Here at SLCT we are excited to announce that our Building Materials Analyst Alice Custance-Baker has been selected to represent Scotland and the UK at the 17th International Course on Stone Conservation in Rome this year. This course started back in 1976 and since this date there have been only ...
Tue 04 May, 2010
New Course Schedule 2010-2011
A Centre of Excellence for Traditional Building Skills, Charlestown Workshops offers a comprehensive training and education programme ranging from 1 day hands-on workshops to longer courses that can lead to the attainment of National Vocational Qualifications in Masonry Conservation. Our courses for 2010-2011 are now available to book online. We ...
Wed 07 Apr, 2010
Tavish Scott Visits Lime Centre
Tavish Scott, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats visited Charlestown Workshops today accompanied by Willie Rennie Scottish Liberal Democrats MP for Dunfermline and West Fife. By making his visit Tavish hoped to highlight the need for more investment in skills training to boost employment and the construction industry in Scotland. ...
Sun 04 Apr, 2010
Vacancy - Volunteer Assistant Building Materials Analyst
We are currently looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to assist our Building Materials Analyst here at Charlestown Workshops for 1 day per week during a four month period starting May/June 2010. As we are a Centre of Excellence for Building Conservation this would be an interesting placement for anyone beginning ...
Thu 01 Apr, 2010
Masonry Arch Bridges
Masonry Arch Bridges form about 40% of European bridge stock. 60% of these bridges are over 100 years old and carrying traffic with ever increasing speed, weight and density without any change to their original construction. This masterclass held at the University of the West of England, 19-20 July, will ...
Wed 03 Mar, 2010
Lime in New Build Seminar
The Building Limes Forum in association with BRE are running a one day seminar on 23 April 2010 dealing with lime and lime based products for conservation and new build. SLCT will be contributing to the programme with Roz Artis-Young discussing the importance of sand matching when preparing mortars and ...
Mon 01 Mar, 2010
Concrete improvements happening at SLCT!
The Scottish Lime Centre has been bucking the down-turn in the construction sector with a huge demand for its focused building advisory and training services recently. This has required the present Director, Roz Artis-Young to move to a newly created post of Technical Director, to allow her to concentrate on ...
Fri 12 Feb, 2010
HAVING PROBLEMS DUE TO LOW TEMPERATURES? We have been inundated with enquiries stemming from mortar failures due to low temperatures this winter. Projects throughout the UK have been affected due to the unusually severe weather conditions this winter.Did you know that a 1:1:6 cement:lime:sand can, if conditions prevail, be susceptible ...
Tue 09 Feb, 2010
Building Scotland - Celebrating Scotland's Traditional Building
SLCT's Director, Roz Artis-Young, has made a major contribution to a new Historic Scotland publication 'Building Scotland' writing a chapter on the use of Lime in traditional buildings. Historic Scotland will be hosting a two day conference to mark the launch of the book, celebrating the materials used to construct ...
Tue 02 Sep, 2008
SLCT take part in Glasgow's Built Heritage Festival
SLCT are very please to be taking an active role in Glasgow's Built Heritage Festival running from the 15-21 of Sept 2008. SLCT will be on Glasgow Green on the 19th and 20th, with skills taster sessions for visiting schools on the Friday and a family open day on the ...
Fri 15 Aug, 2008
Pointing with Lime
Our Senior Consultant, Craig Frew, has recently had his article 'Pointing with Lime' published by Catherdral Communications in their 'Building Conservation Directory'. Cathedral Communications website is a real hub for building conservation information with articles and directories including events, courses and an online bookshop. Craig's article sits alongside some of ...
Fri 04 Jul, 2008
Build a new life in the country
ARE YOU MOVING TO YOUR DREAM LOCATION WHERE YOU WILL BE RENOVATING YOUR DREAM PROPERTY? The ‘Build a New Life’ team from Channel 5 are looking for hands on people who are starting work on a property renovation.The producers would like to hear from people who are moving to an ...
Mon 03 Mar, 2008
Cumbernauld Doocot Open Day
SLCT's masonry training squad have recently completed work to save the doocot situated in Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Cumbernauld Glen Wildlife Reserve. To celebrate, an open day was held within the Glen on Saturday 15 March. The 17th century doocot was in desperate need of repairs following recent vandalism and inappropriate ...
Mon 28 Jan, 2008
Penicuik House Partnership
2008 sees the beggining of a significant training project, the Penicuik House Partnership – a joint venture between the Scottish Lime Centre Trust and the Penicuik House Preservation Trust. The project will see the consolidation of the ruin of the 18th century house, providing important training and education opportunities. This ...
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