HRH Duke of Rothesay presents award to SLCT's 20,000th learner Colin Rowan
The 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 Friday 8 September 2017. Colin has attended almost all the training workshops and courses for the understanding of traditional building materials and associated craft skills for the care and repair of the historic built environment that the SLCT have developed over the last 23 years. These include courses on how to make and use traditional lime mortars, plasters, renders and limewashes as well as for more technical building conservation and science. Traditional and sustainable building being close to HRH The Prince of Wales’ heart. Uniquely, the SLCT’s training and education programme is fully informed by the work of its Building Advisory Service and Building Materials Laboratory such that it is very up to date and ‘cutting edge’. The SLCT’s Director, Roz Artis had recently returned from ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) International Summer School for Communication and Teaching Skills in Conservation and Science buzzing with new ways of teaching and learning to further enhance the learning experience for SLCT students.
HRH The Prince of Wales first visited the SLCT’s Building Materials Laboratory, headed by Dr Katie Strang who explained how she analysed all manner of building materials including mortars, plasters, renders, paints, stone, slate and brick. By understanding the nature and make up of materials used in historic buildings, this can inform their ‘like for like’ repair, an important building conservation principle. HRH The Prince of Wales enjoyed watching Building Surveying students of Glasgow Caledonian University learn how to construct traditional rubble wall building with natural sandstone and traditional lime mortars and enhancing their practical knowledge and skills under the guidance of our Principal Tutor Scot MacAskill. HRH The Prince of Wales seemed very knowledgeable about the type of training the Scottish Lime Centre delivers and he appeared to really enjoy meeting all the tutors and students. HRH The Prince of Wales particularly enjoyed meeting six local school children from Limekilns Primary School who were busy designing and carving their own masons’ marks on tablets of limestone under the watchful eye of stone carver, Richard Groom. Becky Little of Rebearth explained to students how limewash should be applied to traditional lime harled walls and former SLCT stonemason apprentice (now time served) Craig Suttie (now with Fife Council Building Services Heritage Division) demonstrated repointing stone rubble walls with traditional lime mortars. John McRitchie and his colleagues displayed their talents at refurbishing sash and case windows and other items of traditional joinery.
The visit ended with HRH The Prince of Wales presenting a commemorative certificate to Colin Rowan as the SLCT’s 20,000th learner. And, Roz Artis, Director of the SLCT presented HRH The Prince of Wales with a beautiful wild boar in Scottish sandstone (Clashach Quarry, by Elgin) expertly carved by the SLCT’s Andrew McFetters – stone carver and sculptor.
Colin Rowan said “it was a great honour to receive my certificate from HRH The Prince of Wales today, I fully believe in life-long learning and intend to ensure Rowan Stoneworks benefit from the fantastic learning hub that the Scottish Lime Centre Trust delivers, I will be back for more!”
Roz Artis, Director of the SLCT said “I was delighted to show HRH Prince of Wales the breadth of traditional building skills we teach and our Building Materials Laboratory which is the starting point for understanding the component parts of traditional buildings and how they should be repaired with the right materials”.