Free Heritage Trades Workshop
[This event was held in October 2010]
As part of the Burgh Halls project, and working in partnership with our building contractors, the Trust organised three free afternoon heritage trade workshops, to give primary school children, college students and interested local adults an opportunity to see the rebuilding works in action, and get some simple hands on experience working with craftsmen in traditional areas such as joinery, slate & leadwork, and masonry & mortar.
The format for the afternoons included an introduction & safety briefing, and a tour of part of the building site.
Professional craftsmen from Graham Construction, ScotCourt Stonemasons and South West Roofing were on hand to answer questions, give demonstrations, and allow some straightforward hands-on opportunities to handle slate, stone and wood.
The workshop was held in the main Burgh Hall at the heart of the redevelopment works, and included:
- see how a traditional sash & case window works from the inside out
- traditional versus modern tools & techniques
- slates being shaped and fixed to a roof
- stone being finished and repaired
- the difference between lime and cement-based mortars
- demonstrations and opportunities to get hands on
- talk to and ask questions of professional craftsmen
- see where the historic stained glass windows will be returned and dislplayed
- a chance for for participants to make a real & lasting contribution to the restoration and do some of the re-pointing work in the Burgh Hall itself.
Thanks to Graham Construction, ScotCourt Ltd and South West Roofing for making this workshop possible.