The Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum is proud to present this year’s line-up for the Traditional Building Festival, coming this August, as part of the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Over the course of five days, 23rd-27th August, members of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum will be holding talks, live demonstrations and guided walks around Edinburgh, which will be culminating on Saturday with a family fun day at Craigmillar Castle.
The event, now entering its fifth year, celebrates Edinburgh’s traditional buildings as well as the materials and the vital skills needed to maintain them for future generations.
The continued success of the festival comes from support of the numerous organisations and trade bodies that make up the forum, and for this and other events hosted, participate entirely on a voluntary basis. This year’s festival is truly a collaborative event with sponsorship from CITB, Stone Federation GB, and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and supported by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), Edinburgh College, Edinburgh World Heritage, Architecture and Design Scotland, Charles Laing Foundry, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, Nevin of Edinburgh, Robin Abbey Sign Writers, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and the British Geological Survey.
The festival follows a series of successful events such as the Traditional Building Skills and Materials display which saw school children, members of the public and a number of MSPs have a go at traditional skills, such as slate cutting.
Gordon MacDonald, Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, who said of his visit, “The recent Traditional Building Skills and Materials event held at St Andrews Square Gardens, highlights the many and varied apprenticeships available to youngsters wanting to embark in a career in construction. These highly skilled jobs are in much demand as a large proportion of our public buildings were constructed of traditional materials and it is essential that these trades are kept alive if we wish to preserve these buildings for future generations.”
It was also attended by Liam Kerr MSP, the Scottish Conservative spokesman on Jobs, Employability and Training, said: “This type of event is a great opportunity for young people to find out more about potential career options in future years.
“There are apprenticeships available and courses in stone-masonry, roof slating, plastering and painting and decorating (remove joinery) that can provide great opportunities for employment.We need to make sure that we have a workforce trained in traditional building skills to maintain and repair the historic buildings that are a crucial part of this country’s heritage.
“You only have to look around you in Dundee, Aberdeen or many of the towns around Angus and Aberdeenshire at the number of beautiful historic buildings. All of these properties need to be protected and maintained and that work requires skilled tradespersons.”
Through this, and other activities throughout the year, the forum aims to raise the profile of specific issues relating to traditional buildings and building practices.
Organisations and companies interested in knowing more about the forum, the festival line-up and future events are encouraged to visit www.stbf.org.uk.