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 the Scottish Lime Centre’s ‘model’ of sustainable and vital expertise in informing building conservation works through it’s training and education programme and it’s specialist advisory role.
Peter was accompanied by Tjasa Kranjec (stone course co-ordinator) and Tone Marn, Architect and expert in the Karst limestone architecture of the region. The party enjoyed a drinks reception hosted by Historic Scotland at the Royal Apartments of Stirling Castle, recently painstakingly and beautifully restored and resplendent with specially commissioned wall tapestries. The following day saw attendance at the National Heritage Training Group’s Annual Conference at the nearby new premises of Forth Valley College together with building conservation representatives from all the four Home nations, both from private practice and central government agencies.
Roz couldn’t resist taking her guests to The Pineapple, near Airth , a showcase of Scottish stonemasonry tradition and a wonder to behold en route home to Charlestown Workshops.
Tjasa, Peter and Tone then enjoyed the next day sight seeing in Edinburgh before flying back to Slovenia.