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Doors Open Day: Explore Traditional Skills + Innovative Materials Workshop (Level 2)
19 September
10.30am - 4.30pm

As part of Glasgow’s Doors Open Day on Saturday 19th of September Architecture and Design Scotland in collaboration with the Scottish Traditional Building Forum will explore construction skills and building materials on level two at The Lighthouse. The events will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Looking back to the traditional Scottish building fabric the Scottish Traditional Building Forum will present talks and displays focused on repairing and maintaining traditional buildings and a series of experts will be on hand to answer your questions. Looking forward Architecture and Design Scotland’s Materials Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials will host a series of family friendly activities allowing you to explore innovative and sustainable building materials and construction.

Scottish Traditional Building Forum will present talks and displays focused on repairing and maintaining traditional buildings, a series of experts will be on hand to answer your questions. Each talk will last approximately 20-30 minutes leaving time for you to ask questions.

11.00am: Roof Leadwork – what to do and what not to do!
Alasdair White, National Federation of Roofing Contractors

12 noon : Repairing and maintaining your traditional building; what you need to know
Colin Tennant, Historic Scotland

1.00pm : Stone Carving
Michelle De Bruin

2.00pm : How to Undertake Stone Repairs
Graeme Frame, Stone Federation Great Britain

3.00pm : Sash and Case Windows
Historic Scotland Presentation with Rowen and Scott giving a practical demonstration

All talks are free.

Broader than Bricks, Cooler than concrete the Materials Considerations: Library of Sustainable Building Materials presents a vast array of sustainable and innovative construction materials for you to explore. How many different shades of sandstone can you find? What can we make from Scottish trees? And what do sheep have to do with construction anyway? Answer these and more by taking part in their wide range of activities:

  • Materials Treasure Hunt - on your own or in teams follow the clues to navigate through the drawers of the materials library to find some interesting and unusual building materials.
  • Have a guess- see if you can work out what the recycled materials used to be.
  • Build a miniature dry stone wall, or house, or surprise us!
  • I spy - head off on a trail through the rest of the Lighthouse Building with our I spy game and see how many of the building materials you can spot, can you get maximum points?
  • Build your own sustainable house/ town with our interactive My Sust House computer games.

You will also be able to take time to explore the materials and Scottish Case Study projects on display.

Source: Architecture + Design Scotland Website


This is in addition to our Free Family Workshops and free building tours which will run over the course of the weekend. The workshops are on a first come, first served basis - so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. All our exhibitions are also free to enter, see what exhibitions we have on here.

Opening Hours during Doors Open:

Saturday 19th September: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 20th September: 11am - 5pm

Building Tours during Doors Open:

Saturday 19th September: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Sunday 20th September: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

 

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