2019 IPTW in Stirling, Scotland

2019 IPTW in Stirling, Scotland


This past September 5-7, Historic Environment Scotland hosted the 2019 International Preservation Trades Workshop - “Crafting the Future” with demonstrations and workshops at the Engine Shed in Stirling, Scotland. More than 30 members of the Preservation Trades Network from the United States and Europe met to share and teach.   

The historic Engine Shed, Scotland’s dedicated building conservation center, was our headquarters for presenting, practicing, discussing, and just watching, learning.  We shared our knowledge over coffee breaks and lunch. Of course conversations continued over meals at restaurants and pubs in Stirling well into the night. On Thursday and Friday, more than 100 attendees joined the event each day.  That Saturday we welcomed the public free of charge and had over 400 attendees, many children and interested adults, exploring preservation crafts.   

Ian Walker, Charles Jones, and their team at HES, along with the PTN Board, crafted a memorable conference that included two in-depth tours on historic sites around Stirling. One group spent Saturday afternoon investigating the ongoing repair of Doune Castleand the other visited Cambuskenneth Abbey. For those who arrived on Wednesday, there was a tour to Inchmahome Priory, a 13th century monastery, located on an island accessible by boat.

Our final gathering, the Saturday night dinner and auction, was held in the Banquet Hall at Stirling Castle. Bagpipes welcomed us to courtyards and then into the banquet hall. We received an historic overview of the castle and viewed the royal suite of rooms at our leisure, followed by a sumptuous meal, beautifully presented. The annual Askins Award was presented to Jane Wooley from the Dry Stone Conservancy. Our annual auction, which raises money for scholarships, and Celtic music rounded out the evening.

The PTN Board would like to thank our hosts, Historic Environment Scotland, for going above and beyond our expectations. The location and experience was beyond our expectations. The staff at HES went out of their way to help to help us solve any problem, even the most minor, quickly and with the greatest kindness. This event would not have been possible without HES, the support from their director, and their staff. 

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