Online Learning

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Learning from home has never been more accessible. The coronavirus pandemic has meant that many of us have had to move a lot of our work to online platforms; but whilst this doesn’t replace having someone to chat to in the office, it has had some positive benefits. Conferences, CPD’s, courses and lectures are now all being held online and as autumn approaches and the nights begin to draw in, it’ll be easier than ever to attend an event from the comfort of your own home, the beverage of your choice in hand. So here are a few online events members of the SCHT Team will be attending, that we thought you’d like to hear about too.


New Design for Old Buildings: Online Seminar

This SPAB event will take place on the 22nd of October from 13:00-17:00 and costs £45, or £18 for students. Hosted by Roger Hunt, the co-author of the SPAB/RIBA publication New Design for Old Buildings, published in 2017 this afternoon seminar ‘will explore the SPAB approach to new work in historic contexts’. It is billed as an ‘introductory/intermediate level half-day course, suitable for building owners, students, professionals/CPD and general interest’. To book your place click here.


The Falkland Craft Symposium

The Falkland Craft Symposium will be going ahead online this year. On Thursday the 20th of August from 14:00-16:00 you can attend an event focused on historic plasterwork and hear from specialist conservators, and on the 21st from 14:00-16:00 lectures will be centred around the conservation of traditional buildings, ruination, and John Ruskin. Both lectures are free, and we look forward to attending them, just remember to book your tickets in advance!


Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

The 8th annual Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival will be held online this year, from the 24th of August till the 28th. The schedule is packed with useful events, all of which are free to attend; lecture topics include energy efficiency improvements to traditional buildings and Newhailes Estate. There’s something for everyone, from homeowners to conservation enthusiasts and professionals in the heritage and construction industries, so get your tickets now!


A Passion for Pattern: Victorian Wallpapers

Hosted by the Victorian Society on the 27th of August at 19:00, this lecture by Joanna Banham, an expert in the field and curator of numerous exhibitions on wallpapers; ‘will be delving into the colourful history of Victorian wallpapers’. As we are all fans of William Morris over at SCHT I think this will be a popular lecture. Book your ticket for £5, and if you can’t watch live, your £5 allows you to access a recording of the lecture, to watch whenever you have time. Very convenient indeed.


Brutalism Lecture

If concrete is more your style, then this lecture held by the Twentieth Century Society might be right up your street. Part of their Style Guide to Twentieth Century Architecture lecture series, on Thursday 27th August at 18:15 (for an 18:30 start) ‘speakers Alan Powers, Elain Harwood and Geraint Franklin will unpack the identity of five styles that have dominated the period and clear away some of the fog.’ Tickets are free, just click here to contact the organisers who will send you a Zoom link via email once you’ve booked a place.

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