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Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

This year's festival runs from 25 - 27 August at the EWH offices in Bakehouse Close, Canongate.

Jun 26, 2015

The festival is being organised by the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum, a group representing stakeholders from across the sector from architects and surveyors, to suppliers and craftsmen.

The aim of the festival is to celebrate Edinburgh’s traditional buildings and the materials and skills used to maintain them for future generations. The festival is funded by Historic Scotland, Construction Skills Scotland, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and the Stone Federation of Great Britain, with support from Edinburgh’s Telford College and Edinburgh World Heritage.

All festival events are free but booking is required via the Fringe Box Office.

Lead Roofing Demonstration
August 25 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Steve McLennan of the National Federation Roofing Contractors provides an enjoyable demonstration of the expertise required for creating and repairing lead roofing details. Book here...

Sash & Case Window Demonstration
August 25 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Care for these windows and they’ll thrive for another few decades, additional measures save energy. Keith Swann of Edinburgh College gives an informative demonstration of the required know-how. Book here...

Restoration of Riddles Court
August 25 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Una Richards of Scottish Historic Buildings Trust talks about the restoration of this Old Town gem, once the home of philosopher David Hume. Book here...

Stonemasonry Demonstration
August 26 at 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Richard Groom of CITB and Willie Gibson of Stone Federation GB give a demonstration of the essential skills of stonemasonry. Book here...

Georgian Edinburgh before the New Town
August 26 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
A talk from Professor John Lowrey of Edinburgh University. Book here...

Architectural Cast Iron Demonstration
August 26 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Scotland used to export iron buildings around the world; Andrew Laing of the Charles Laing Foundry gives an entertaining demonstration of casting processes and where these skills can lead. Book here...

Traditional Building Skills & World Heritage
August 26 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage talks about the importance of traditional building skills in maintaining the World Heritage Site. Book here...

Roof Slating Demonstration
August 27 at 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Scotland’s older buildings have slate roofs, now no Scottish slate quarry remains. Scott Miller of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors gives an informative demonstration on how slate shaped Scotland’s built skyline. Book here...

Marbling & Graining Techniques and Signwriting Skills
August 27 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mark Nevin from Nevin of Edinburgh demonstrates remarkable transforming painting techniques. Maggie McCabe of Robin Abbey Signwriters demonstrates inspirational signwriting skills used for projects like heraldry. Book here...

Calton Hill Geology Walk
August 27 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Locally sourced natural materials – a strategy for sustainable construction? Emily Tracey of the British Geological Survey leads this walking tour on the geology which provided building stones used across the city. Book here...

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