8th Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival Details Announced

THE LINE-UP for the 8th Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival has been announced with all the organisers and presenters donating their time to ‘Celebrate Edinburgh’s Traditional Buildings’.

The traditional building festival is normally a part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but in light of Covid-19, this year’s event is online for all to enjoy.

As the event was completely sold out last year, the organisers – members of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum, a division of the Scottish Traditional Building Forum – are excited by the opportunity to open their ‘doors’ to many more to virtually attend.

Something for everyone

The lead organiser of this year’s event is Tyler C. Lott, Scotland Officer for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Tyler said “I am delighted to be involved once again in the delivering the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival. It has been a pleasure to work with such a talented group of professionals to organise and produce another amazing event that brings helpful advice and solutions for our built environment.

“This year, we are presenting a wide range of topics that will provide something for everyone interested in the built environment whether they’re a practitioner, a building owner, or a traditional building enthusiast.”







Building brainwave

The Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival was the brainwave of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum when a member of the Forum attended the Festival of Politics. As he walked up the Royal Mile from one of the shows he saw so many people taking photographs of the buildings that he thought “if they can do a Festival of Politics, we can do a traditional building festival”. This was raised at a Forum meeting and the next year the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival was up and running and has been ever since.

The Forum is grateful to Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing, and Planning for once again opening the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival.

Virtual Festival Schedule


24 August 2020 – 11:00

  • Festival Opening Remarksby Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing, and Planning
  • Granville Place, Stockbridge – Una Richards of Scottish Historic Building Trust

24 August 2020 – 14:00

  • Energy Efficiency Improvements to Traditional Buildings– Jessica Hunniset, SPAB Scotland Guardian, SPAB Lethaby Scholar, and District Surveyor for Properties in Care in the West Central Region of Scotland for Historic Environment Scotland

25 August 2020 – 11:00 

  • The Building Stones of Edinburgh– Martin Gillespie, Team Lead of Building Stones for the British Geological Survey

25 August 2020 – 14:00

  • Lime Mortar– Scottish Lime Centre Trust

26 August 2020 – 11:00 

  • Traditional Stonemasonry– Andy Bradley, SPAB Fellow and stonemason joined by Architect SPAB Lethaby Scholar Martin Haddlington

26 August 2020 – 14:00

  • Newhailes Estate, Musselburgh – Emma Rose Berry, LDN Architects

27 August 2020 – 11:00 

  • Roof Leadwork– Steve McLennan of National Federation of Roofing Contractors

27 August 2020 – 14:00 

  • Roof Slating and Tiling– Graeme Millar of National Federation of Roofing Contractors

28 August 2020 – 11:00

  • Timber and Sash & Case Windows – Oliver Beatson, SPAB Fellow and Joiner for Historic Environment Scotland and James Innerdale, SPAB Lethaby Scholar and architect

28 August 2020 – 14:00

  • Property Repair Seminar– Jo Parry-Geddes, Jackie Timmons, James Innerdale and more!

Attendance is free for all, but booking is required and can be done here.



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