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Inverkeithing High School pupils and MSPs receive mini-masterclasses in traditional building skills


Inverkeithing High School pupils and MSPs receive mini-masterclasses in traditional building skills

Sixteen second year pupils from Inverkeithing High School took part in traditional buildings skills taster sessions outside the Scottish Parliament yesterday. This was the first of many heritage learning opportunities for the pupils over the next five years as part of the upcoming Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration programme. This five-year programme was recently awarded over £1million by Historic Environment Scotland through their Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and will be managed by Fife Historic Buildings Trust in partnership with Fife Council. A further bid for match funding has also been made to the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Townscape Heritage (TH) funding programme.

The traditional building skills demonstrations, part of Construction Scotland’s Inspiring Construction programme, took place on Tuesday 28 May and Wednesday 29 May.

Activities included

  •           Roof Slating by National Federation of Roofing Contractors
  •           Stonemasonry by Edinburgh College and Stone Federation GB
  •           Decorative Plastering by City of Glasgow College
  •           Painting and Decorating by Dundee & Angus College
  •           Infrared Scanning by University of Edinburgh

Sponsor MSPs for the event were Gordon Lindhurst MSP (Conservative & Convener of the Economy Committee), Sandra White MSP (SNP) and Elaine Smith MSP (Labour).

Other schools that also attended over the two days were:

  •           Tuesday morning – Firhill High School in Edinburgh
  •           Tuesday afternoon – Hillhead High School and Glasgow Gaelic School from Glasgow
  •           Wednesday morning – Braes High School from Falkirk
  •           Wednesday afternoon – Inverkeithing High School from Fife

Ben Saunders, Principal Teacher of Community Connections and Partnerships at Inverkeithing High School said: “This was a great introduction for our pupils to potential careers in the construction and heritage sectors. It was a really interesting afternoon and one that the pupils and I really enjoyed.”

Fiona Stenke, Project Officer at Fife Historic Buildings said: “It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the pupils and of the craftspeople leading the demonstrations. We look forward to working closely with Inverkeithing High School and partners such as the Scottish Traditional Building Forum over the next five years through the Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration programme.“

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