National Conservation Centre

National Conservation Centre


Online survey and focus groups

We recently invited you to share your opinions on the project via our online survey and help us understand more about what you would like from the centre. Responses were anonymous and the survey closed on December 15th 2013.

We also gathered your thoughts on the project by running focus group sessions to feed into the development of the National Conservation Centre. Sessions took place around the country

Glasgow - 20th November - Glasgow Art Club - 11:00 – 13:30
Stirling – 22nd November – Stirling Tollbooth – 10:00 – 12:30
Edinburgh – 25th November – Edinburgh Castle Queen Anne Room – 14:00 – 16:30
Inverness – 3rd December – Eden Court Theatre – 14:00 – 16:30
Dundee – 4th December – Discovery Centre – 10:00 – 12:30

We appreciate the input and valuable opinions expressed at these sessions as they will help us meet your expectations for the centre.

For more information please email the Technical Conservation Team.


Project Update - October 2013

Historic Scotland’s National Conservation Centre has taken another positive step forward having received stage 1 approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This grant, in conjunction with funding from Scottish Government and other sources, will create a world-leading centre for technical conservation in Scotland.

Our Mission: To raise standards in technical conservation and inspire a new generation to look after their heritage.

Our Vision: To create a unique national and international hub in technical conservation for research and learning to ensure a sustainable future for the historic environment

The NCC will bring together the disciplines of Technical Education, Training and Outreach, Digital Documentation and Conservation Science. More importantly it will become an interactive platform forexploring all the issues surrounding the use of  traditional skills, craft and materials raising their profile and finding new ways to communicate their importance to the public.

The NCC will be based at Forthside, Stirling re-using a derelict Engine Shed. It will become a public space with a demonstration workshop, interactive exhibitions with activities and learning resources for all ages, from school children to professionals, to explore and explain ideas on science, architecture, design, engineering and planning and their relevance to the historic environment.

Two new extensions to the building, showcasing a sustainable approach to construction, will hold state of the art science labs and digital resources.

To help us develop this exciting project we will be holding a number of stakeholder engagement sessions across the country over the coming weeks in addition to hosting an online survey that gives you the opportunity to voice your views on the proposal. The views of stakeholders are vital to the project and will allow us to gauge opinion from the public and the heritage sector on the scope and pitch of the NCC. It will also allow us to identify any areas which might be missing from the current proposals or areas where we might be able to enrich the finished product through collaborative working.

Please take this opportunity to engage in the NCC project and help us to ensure that it will meets the needs of Scotland’s future.

For additional information, please contact the Technical Conservation Team by email or telephone 0131 668 8683.


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