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Engine Shed We're currently closed until further notice. We’re Scotland’s building conservation centre, part of Historic Environment Scotland. Explore built heritage through events, training and advice.

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This account is monitored Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. Welcome to the official Engine Shed page. We're part of Historic Environment Scotland, the organisation that makes sure Scotland's history and heritage makes a real difference to people’s lives. Take a look at our Social Media House Rules and help keep this page an inspiring and enjoyable space: http://ow.ly/LVFc50uglsv

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Historic buildings and structures are a key part of Scotland’s story – but caring for them takes skills and knowledge th...
04/08/2021

Historic buildings and structures are a key part of Scotland’s story – but caring for them takes skills and knowledge that are in short supply.

If you want to help conserve historic places in Scotland and take your career to the next level, apply now to this MSc we’re delivering with partners University of Stirling: http://ow.ly/VxTL50FyJLj

Historic buildings and structures are a key part of Scotland’s story – but caring for them takes skills and knowledge that are in short supply.

If you want to help conserve historic places in Scotland and take your career to the next level, apply now to this MSc we’re delivering with partners University of Stirling: http://ow.ly/VxTL50FyJLj

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘bungalow’? Is it a single-storey house? It might even be your own home, or ...
03/08/2021
Stirling’s Wee Bungalow Shops - Stirling City Heritage Trust

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘bungalow’? Is it a single-storey house? It might even be your own home, or conjure up memories of visiting friends and family in theirs!

But did you know that ‘bungalow shops’ are also a thing?

In many of Scotland’s town’s and cities, including Stirling, you’ll find these single-storey shops, usually in rows of three or more.

They share architectural features to tie the shops together. So that could be similar floor tiles or even identical doors.

Discover more about them, and where you’ll spot them in Stirling, in this blog from our friends Stirling City Heritage Trust ⬇️

http://ow.ly/jbgc50FHbrP

Stirling’s Wee Bungalow ShopsPosted on 19th June 2020We think of the term ‘bungalow’ as referring to single-storey houses, generally in a suburban location. However, the word is also used to refer to a particular type of shop which can be found in many Scottish towns and cities, including Stir...

Your word of the week is…🌟 CHAMFER 🌟[sham-fur]A symmetrical sloping surface, created when the sharp edge of a corner is ...
02/08/2021

Your word of the week is…

🌟 CHAMFER 🌟
[sham-fur]

A symmetrical sloping surface, created when the sharp edge of a corner is cut away, usually at an angle of 45°. Traditionally a technique used on stone or wooden blocks.

Your word of the week is…

🌟 CHAMFER 🌟
[sham-fur]

A symmetrical sloping surface, created when the sharp edge of a corner is cut away, usually at an angle of 45°. Traditionally a technique used on stone or wooden blocks.

While we're closed until further notice, you can explore Scotland's building heritage through our blogs - we have new on...
31/07/2021
Engine Shed | Explore your built heritage

While we're closed until further notice, you can explore Scotland's building heritage through our blogs - we have new ones each month! From telling the stories of Scotland's buildings, materials and their industries, to giving building advice to homeowners and professionals, have a read and let us know what you think in the comments 👇

http://ow.ly/Rjsh50FHc4z

Explore your built heritage

Have you ever lived in a terraced house? Many of us in Scotland do!They range from rows of one-storey cottages to the gr...
29/07/2021

Have you ever lived in a terraced house? Many of us in Scotland do!

They range from rows of one-storey cottages to the grand terraced houses of Edinburgh’s New Town and Glasgow’s West End.

Terraces were economic to build, making the most of sites with continuous facades and sharing gables and chimney stacks.

The grander terraced house first appeared in mid-17th century England, and the following century was emulated in Scotland.

Edinburgh’s New Town is a notable example, where terraced houses replaced the social and retail mix of the Old Town’s tenements.

Robert Adam’s Charlotte Square in Edinburgh (1792) popularised the palace front, where individual houses are combined to make a grander architectural whole. Thereafter, many terraced houses (and tenements) were built within beautifully planned squares and crescents.

If you live in a terraced house that's older than 1919, it's likely to have been made using traditional skills and materials. Find out more about them and learn about their maintenance and repair: http://ow.ly/cTdB50FAyef

📷 Terraced cottages in Haddington, East Lothian and terraced bungalows in Elgin

Looking to learn traditional building skills? Look out for these opportunities with Bannockburn House GalGael and Perth ...
28/07/2021
£240,000 boost for communities as Scottish heritage projects awarded funding

Looking to learn traditional building skills? Look out for these opportunities with Bannockburn House GalGael and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust ⬇️

Funding to provide training opportunities and the restoration of historic structures will benefit local communities and economies throughout Scotland

“My favourite part of the course is the site visits. Some of the buildings we are getting to see are spectacular.”Not to...
27/07/2021

“My favourite part of the course is the site visits. Some of the buildings we are getting to see are spectacular.”

Not to blow our own trumpet…but one of the best things about our new MSc with partners University of Stirling is seeing conservation up close at some of Scotland’s most cherished historic places!

The course focuses on the nature, use and repair of historic building materials and international conservation principles.

Apply now for a September start: http://ow.ly/pwna50FyJJR

“My favourite part of the course is the site visits. Some of the buildings we are getting to see are spectacular.”

Not to blow our own trumpet…but one of the best things about our new MSc with partners University of Stirling is seeing conservation up close at some of Scotland’s most cherished historic places!

The course focuses on the nature, use and repair of historic building materials and international conservation principles.

Apply now for a September start: http://ow.ly/pwna50FyJJR

Your word of the week is…🌟 COLUMN 🌟[kol-uh-m]A typically cylindrical, upright element that provides structural support t...
26/07/2021

Your word of the week is…

🌟 COLUMN 🌟
[kol-uh-m]

A typically cylindrical, upright element that provides structural support to a roof, beam or archway above. May also be decorative and stand alone as a monument. Alternatively known as a pillar.

Your word of the week is…

🌟 COLUMN 🌟
[kol-uh-m]

A typically cylindrical, upright element that provides structural support to a roof, beam or archway above. May also be decorative and stand alone as a monument. Alternatively known as a pillar.

Do you recognise buildings like this? Or know where to find them?These are Edinburgh colony houses, something of an Edin...
23/07/2021

Do you recognise buildings like this? Or know where to find them?

These are Edinburgh colony houses, something of an Edinburgh institution!

Traditional buildings are buildings contructed before 1919, before modern materials and techniques became more widely used. They come in different shapes and styles, and Edinburgh's colonies are a much-loved example.

Scotland favoured the tenement for mass housing, rather than the rows of brick terraces built quickly and cheaply in England.

But one exception to the tenement is the ‘colony’ style of housing.

Between 1850 and 1910, philanthropic organisations in Edinburgh built these as housing for skilled working-class families. These homes were built in terraces with smaller ground floor flats and ‘double upper’ flats reached by an external stair, all with access to a private garden.

The colony houses in our photo are off Glenogle Road in Edinburgh. Colony style housing in Edinburgh has recently seen a revival in new build developments in the city. For example, at Leith Fort.

See how many traditional materials and features you can spot in these ones!

Do you recognise buildings like this? Or know where to find them?

These are Edinburgh colony houses, something of an Edinburgh institution!

Traditional buildings are buildings contructed before 1919, before modern materials and techniques became more widely used. They come in different shapes and styles, and Edinburgh's colonies are a much-loved example.

Scotland favoured the tenement for mass housing, rather than the rows of brick terraces built quickly and cheaply in England.

But one exception to the tenement is the ‘colony’ style of housing.

Between 1850 and 1910, philanthropic organisations in Edinburgh built these as housing for skilled working-class families. These homes were built in terraces with smaller ground floor flats and ‘double upper’ flats reached by an external stair, all with access to a private garden.

The colony houses in our photo are off Glenogle Road in Edinburgh. Colony style housing in Edinburgh has recently seen a revival in new build developments in the city. For example, at Leith Fort.

See how many traditional materials and features you can spot in these ones!

This week it's #NetZeroWeek21 - a week to raise awareness on how we can reduce emissions to their lowest amount through ...
22/07/2021
Easy Ways to Save Energy in an Older Home or Building

This week it's #NetZeroWeek21 - a week to raise awareness on how we can reduce emissions to their lowest amount through energy efficiency measures. And our older homes, work places, schools and community buildings are a part of this solution.

Take a look at some of the simple actions you can take to save energy in an older home. ⬇️

http://ow.ly/MD3b50Fxx3l

Older homes are considered hard to heat. But with simple changes to your home and your behaviour, you can save energy with little to no cost.

Are you looking to build on your knowledge of Technical Building Conservation? We have an amazing opportunity for you – ...
21/07/2021

Are you looking to build on your knowledge of Technical Building Conservation? We have an amazing opportunity for you – study with us and University of Stirling!

Learn how to manage building conservation projects, meet Historic Environment Scotland from a range of building conservation fields and gain unique insights into major repair schemes with an MSc in Technical Building Conservation.

New for this year, the course is a unique opportunity to see major building conservation projects first-hand and learn from top experts.

Apply now for a September start: http://ow.ly/9HuC50FyJBk

Your word of the week is…🌟 ELEVATION 🌟[el-uh-vey-shuhn]A 2D representation of an upstanding structure or wall, usually v...
19/07/2021

Your word of the week is…

🌟 ELEVATION 🌟
[el-uh-vey-shuhn]

A 2D representation of an upstanding structure or wall, usually viewed from the outside of a building.

Your word of the week is…

🌟 ELEVATION 🌟
[el-uh-vey-shuhn]

A 2D representation of an upstanding structure or wall, usually viewed from the outside of a building.

🌟 Opportunities for people aged 16-24 and living in Stirling 🌟Stirling Community Enterprise and Stirling City Heritage T...
16/07/2021

🌟 Opportunities for people aged 16-24 and living in Stirling 🌟

Stirling Community Enterprise and Stirling City Heritage Trust are running a pre-apprenticeship programme for traditional crafts and construction ⬇️

In partnership with Stirling City Heritage Trust we are running pre-apprenticeship training in the construction industry!

for more information contact our Training, Support & Development Manager John.

From success in national competitions, to carving for historic castles and abbeys, there's plenty of traditional skills ...
15/07/2021

From success in national competitions, to carving for historic castles and abbeys, there's plenty of traditional skills stories from Historic Environment Scotland over the years to inspire a career in conservation this #YouthSkillsDay!

Sound interesting? Find out more about how to get involved with a career in the historic environment sector with lots of handy advice on our website: http://ow.ly/KhxQ50FsCjo

📷 Apprentice Liam practicing for a competition

Give us a wave if you live in an older building? 👋 You won't be alone, as nearly a quarter of us in Scotland do!To care ...
13/07/2021
Events | The Engine Shed | Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Give us a wave if you live in an older building? 👋 You won't be alone, as nearly a quarter of us in Scotland do!

To care for our homes, we need traditional skills. And that means we need to make sure age-old crafts continue to be passed down the generations.

We're exploring how best to do this at the Erasmus Plus+ conference on Tuesday 24 August with Historic Environment Scotland and project partners, looking at models from across Europe.

So join us and Historic Environment Scotland, Fife Council, Fife College, Scottish Lime Centre Trust, St Andrew’s RC High School, Voss Vidaregåande Skule and Zaklad Doskonalenia Zawodowego Toruń for a full day of online talks.

⚠️ Free but booking essential 👇

http://ow.ly/vvTm50FqHSA

A wide range of events are held at the Engine Shed all year round. Visit our What's On section to browse the current schedule and see what we have planned for the near future and beyond.

Your word of the week is…🌟 KEYSTONE 🌟 [kee-stohn]The central wedge-shaped stone piece, or voussoir, at the apex of a mas...
12/07/2021

Your word of the week is…

🌟 KEYSTONE 🌟
[kee-stohn]

The central wedge-shaped stone piece, or voussoir, at the apex of a masonry arch that locks all the other pieces of the arch into place.

Your word of the week is…

🌟 KEYSTONE 🌟
[kee-stohn]

The central wedge-shaped stone piece, or voussoir, at the apex of a masonry arch that locks all the other pieces of the arch into place.

Modest, yet grand. Expansive, yet overcrowded. Scotland’s tenements catered for all sections of society. This World Popu...
11/07/2021

Modest, yet grand. Expansive, yet overcrowded. Scotland’s tenements catered for all sections of society. This World Population Day we’re exploring how Scotland’s tenements changed over the years as towns and cities grew and grew. ⬇️

In Victorian Glasgow’s West End and Edinburgh’s Marchmont wealthy families enjoyed spacious drawing and dining rooms and accommodation for servants.

At the other end of the scale was the ‘room and kitchen’ or infamous ‘single end’, a house of only one large room, often with bed recess, store and shared stair toilet.

However, the worst accommodation was within older tenements or houses which had been ‘made down’. Many were badly subdivided to squeeze in more tenants, with some rooms having neither windows or ventilation.

Due to growing populations in Scotland’s cities, demand outstripped supply and by the outbreak of World War One around 50% of Scottish families were living in either one or two room houses. Severe overcrowding and insanitary conditions multiplied the spread of disease, giving the tenement a bad name.

By the time the State intervened with the 1919 Housing Act tenements were discouraged. Huge numbers were demolished in major slum clearance schemes either side of World War Two.

The 1970s saw campaigns against comprehensive redevelopment, often spearheaded by residents and community groups. New grants meant tenements could be adapted and refurbished to provide fine new homes.

Today, the traditional tenement is a popular home for many Scots. These homes often have large kitchens, and high-ceilinged rooms lit by tall sash windows. Many retain fine decorative features, such as chimney pieces, plaster cornices and panelled doors.

They’re part of Scotland’s story. And if you’re lucky enough to own one, find out about your rights and responsibilities when it comes to making decisions and planning common repairs: http://ow.ly/voVJ50FrLQK

Happy World Chocolate Day 🍫We have a fun - and more importantly edible - way to teach kids about iron as a traditional b...
07/07/2021

Happy World Chocolate Day 🍫

We have a fun - and more importantly edible - way to teach kids about iron as a traditional building material. With our chocolate casting activity, explore the skill of casting iron into different shapes to create many different objects...using chocolate!

Download our free chocolate casting activity guide ⬇️

http://ow.ly/J6Go50FnEsr

Today we're here with a little tile mystery...In Victorian times, tiles were transformed from being used by the elite to...
06/07/2021

Today we're here with a little tile mystery...

In Victorian times, tiles were transformed from being used by the elite to popular features in shops and businesses, particularly butchers and dairies.

In the latter half of the 19th century, they were mass produced for the first time and became widely used in shops - to great effect!

Does anyone know in which popular Glasgow hotspot you might find these ones? Pop your answers in the comments, or let us know if you need a little clue ⬇️

Today we're here with a little tile mystery...

In Victorian times, tiles were transformed from being used by the elite to popular features in shops and businesses, particularly butchers and dairies.

In the latter half of the 19th century, they were mass produced for the first time and became widely used in shops - to great effect!

Does anyone know in which popular Glasgow hotspot you might find these ones? Pop your answers in the comments, or let us know if you need a little clue ⬇️

Your word of the week is🌟 Voussoir 🌟[voo-swar]Individual wedge-shaped pieces used to form an arch, vault or lintel. Typi...
05/07/2021

Your word of the week is

🌟 Voussoir 🌟
[voo-swar]

Individual wedge-shaped pieces used to form an arch, vault or lintel. Typically made of stone.

Your word of the week is

🌟 Voussoir 🌟
[voo-swar]

Individual wedge-shaped pieces used to form an arch, vault or lintel. Typically made of stone.

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Can you please tell me how long the Suffragette embroidered banner is going to be on show/ I can see your post about the banner heere, but it doesn't mention dates, i can't find anything on your website 9and the search doesn't work!) I just tried to phone the Engine Shed, but it just rang out for ages. Please let me know Thank you
What a fantastic place... I have a 3 year old and a 7 year old and they loved every minute... very educational, fun, great people working there, super helpful. This week during the school holidays was all about measurement. They have a new subject every week during the school holidays... we totally recommend as a family.
Been a few times for workshops. Great place. Son enjoys it. Friendly staff
Thank you all for another great session last week at Wee Builders,,wee ones had a brilliant time ,And thank to the Lady that helped me over the bridge with pram n toddlers ### staff are Fantastic x
Well worth a visit!
Could you please tell me how to access your large car park without driving over grass or over a kerb and pavement?
Enjoyed a first visit - very dynamic and most impressive.
Do you have an expert on wool insulation for buildings?
My sons really enjoyed the free pewter casting workshop his morning, fantastic event and the guys running it were great. Thanks!
Hi would you happen to have anything for children that are under 5? We'd be very interested! (I realise that under 5's are not of compulsory educational age but just wondered if you had anything at all?) Thank you, K
On behalf of In Care Survivors Service (our group/charity) had a great time, very interesting and enlightening to hear Annie tell us about Scottish History. Good fun. Thanks from all of us, Paul