Mon 11 Jan, 2021
Postponed Courses Jan 2021
A Happy New Year to you all!As you will no doubt be aware, Scotland has gone back into more stringent lockdown restrictions which unfortunately means we are unable to deliver scheduled courses in January 2021. Therefore, we have taken the decision to postpone all courses in January and we will ...
Wed 02 Sep, 2020
Fife Doors Open Day 2020
Due to current COVID 19 restrictions, we felt that it was too much of a risk for us and our visitors to open our doors and take in an anticipated large group of people in our enclosed space at the Charlestown Workshops. So, it is with regret that we have ...
Tue 07 Jul, 2020
Covid 19 update for July 2020
To all our loyal customers and clients, you will be pleased to know the SLCT is now back up and running! We are able to undertake site visits, mortar sampling and inspections and process lime mortar samples in our Building Materials Laboratory – albeit on a part-time basis to start ...
Tue 31 Mar, 2020
Changes to SLCT Staffing
Ok, loyal clients and learnersWith this COVID 19 stuff, we have had to make some radical changes to replace ‘furloughed’ staff …From Midnight, Lily the Boxer is in charge of the Building Materials Laboratory (whilst chasing ‘sun beams’ and banging her head in the proceeds!)Addy (the Boss’ dog) is in ...
Tue 24 Mar, 2020
Tuesday 24 March 2020Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and following latest government instructions, we have taken the decision to cease delivery of all our training courses and site visits effective immediately to ensure the safety of all our staff, learners and clients. This means that from today, our offices ...
Fri 13 Mar, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and SLCT training courses and events
We are carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation. Our current policy is to carry on with business as usual, in line with the advice of the government, NCVO and others. We will be keeping this under daily review. For the moment, we intend to run our training courses and events as ...
Mon 02 Mar, 2020
Building Surveyor Vacancy
BUILDING SURVEYORWe are looking for someone to join our Building Advisory Team. Candidates should ideally be graduate building surveyors (or related discipline) with a keen interest in building conservation. You should have a clean driving licence and be happy to work on scaffolding to conduct building surveys. You do not ...
Fri 28 Feb, 2020
Introducing the Damp Detectors
This month we have been inundated with requests to investigate issues of water ingress and dampness – after two major storms and almost continuous wet and windy weather, this has tested the robustness of some buildings.Here are some of our useful ‘does’ and ‘don’ts’ (not an exhaustive list) for resolving ...
Mon 10 Feb, 2020
SLCT Newsletter - In the limelight
We have had a busy January and despite going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark, we are looking forward to better weather and longer days…Here is what we have been up to…On a very blustery January morning, our Building Advisory Team set about inspecting and ...
Tue 14 Jan, 2020
A very Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters
We look back on 2019 with very fond memories of celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We enjoyed the superb location of Dunfermline Library and Galleries to hold our evening reception with reflections on our achievements made by Roz, our Director and founding trustee Lord Charles Bruce. Staff and trustees, both past ...
Mon 25 Nov, 2019
SLCT's 25th Anniversary Celebrations
Celebrating our 25th Anniversary in style at the Carnegie Galleries and Library, Dunfermline with staff, trustees and supporters both past and present. Lord Charles Bruce (a founding trustee) ensured that the global reach of the Scottish Lime Centre was recognised with Alumni now working in building conservation in Australia, America ...
Fri 06 Sep, 2019
Doors Open Day 2019
Sunday 15th September - 11am - 3pmWe will be open to the public on Sunday 15th September as part of Doors Open Day 2019. Come along and see some practical demonstrations in Sash & Case Windows and Lime Pointing. There will also be children's activities and much more. We will ...
Wed 26 Jun, 2019
Limekilns Primary School visit 2019
We were delighted to entertain 16 P6 pupils from our local Limekilns Primary School this week. We lined up a range of ‘hands-on’ activities including bricklaying with Jason our Stonemason, letter cutting into tablets of limestone with Stacey our Building Surveyor, plaster casting with Scott, our Training Assistant and an ...
Mon 29 Apr, 2019
Reinforced Concrete Masterclass
New for Summer 2019 ! 28 June 2019, 09.30 - 4.00, Charlestown Workshops, Fife. Please see the course listings for full masterclass details.
Mon 01 Apr, 2019
Easter Wreath Making Workshop
Ever wondered how the professionals make those stunning wreaths for all occasions. Let us show you how it's done in this Easter Wreath Making Workshop.Join us for the evening of fun and laughter and let your craft juices flow by making your very own Wreath which will look great on ...
Thu 31 Jan, 2019
A place for all mortars Masterclass 2019
15 March 2019, £140+vat, Charlestown Workshops, FifeThis masterclass new for 2019, aims to demonstrate that there is a place for all mortars by explaining more about the mortars we have available today. These range from hot mixed mortars, closely replicating historic mortars, to formulated ready mixed mortars. We have a huge ...
Tue 23 Oct, 2018
Christmas Swag Making Workshop
Ever wondered how the professionals make those stunning Christmas door swags? Let us show you how it's done. Join us for the evening and get in the Christmas spirit by making your very own swag which will look great on your door this Christmas! We welcome Pamela Galloway floral designer ...
Tue 20 Feb, 2018
We're hiring! Vacancy for Stonemason Principal Trainer
Job Vacancy - Stonemason Principal TrainerWe have an excellent opportunity for a time served stonemason to join our busy team to deliver our range of 'hands on' courses as well as work alongside the Building Advisory team. Outline of Job Description:- Delivery of Scottish Lime Centre Trust’s (SLCT) busy timetabled programme of ...
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 ...
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