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Research Study Reports
Stonecleaning in Scotland
The Masonry Conservation Research Group, the Robert Gordon University, in association with Technical Conservation, Research and Education Division, Historic Scotland.

The research, undertaken in 1991, set out to resolve some of the problems associated with the cleaning of sandstone by undertaking a fundamental study of the nature of sandstone, its soiling and subsequent interaction with the various materials and methods used to clean it. The research also looked at public attitudes and perceptions to cleaned and soiled buildings in order to establish the need for and the likely benefits of cleaning

STONECLEANING IN SCOTLAND: RESEARCH SUMMARY  (order forms:US | CDN)
A summary of the research into the problems associated with the cleaning of sandstone.
296x210 mm, 102pp, illustrated with colour and black and white photographs
STONECLEANING IN SCOTLAND: RESEARCH REPORT 1  (order forms:US | CDN)
Volume 1 includes: the nature of sandstone: soiling of building facades; introductory notes on physical and chemical cleaning methods; current practice in Scotland; and field studies.
296x210 mm, 148pp, illustrated with colour and black and white photographs, line drawings and graphs
STONECLEANING IN SCOTLAND: RESEARCH REPORT 2  (order forms:US | CDN)
Volume 2 covers experimental studies of physical and chemical cleaning and key issues arising from these studies.
296x210 mm, 298pp, illustrated with colour and black and white photographs, line drawings and graphs
STONECLEANING IN SCOTLAND: RESEARCH REPORT 3  (order forms:US | CDN)
Volume 3 contains: photographic studies; resident surveys; an economic survey; architect's technical and aesthetic survey; aesthetic appraisal of buildings; conclusion.
296x210 mm, 232pp, illustrated with colour and black and white photographs, line drawings and graphs
STONECLEANING IN SCOTLAND: LITERATURE REVIEW  (order forms:US | CDN)
A review of the literature covering the weathering and deterioration of building stone and materials and techniques currently available for stonecleaning, with particular attention to sandstone.
296x210 mm, 60pp, not illustrated
STONECLEANING: A GUIDE FOR PRACTITIONERS  (order forms:US | CDN)
This practical guide covers sandstones, soiling of building facades, stonecleaning aesthetics, physical and chemical cleaning methods, testing methodology, health and safety and planning.
296x210 mm, 130pp, illustrated with colour and black and white photographs, line drawings
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Technical Advice Notes
This is a series of notes on practical and technical issues which arise in the care and conservation of historic buildings and monuments in Scotland.
PREPARATION AND USE OF LIME MORTARS  (order forms:US | CDN)
Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 1
Drafted by the Scottish Lime Centre for Historic Scotland
This Note draws together existing information on traditional lime mortars for the benefit of specifiers and practitioners working with traditional masonry-built structures in Scotland. The Note discusses the principles which underlie the use of lime mortars and aims to provide a sound basis for their specification and use. 296x210 mm, 60pp, illustrated with black and white photographs and diagrams
CONSERVATION OF PLASTERWORK  (order forms:US | CDN)
Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 2
Compiled and edited by Simpson & Brown Architects for Historic Scotland
This Note provides guidance on conserving and repairing historic plasterwork. The contents include: types of plaster and plasterwork; mechanisms of decay and failure; survey and inspection; contractual issues; renewal; repair; consolidation; and aftercare.
296x210 mm, 48pp, illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings
PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR TIMBER SASH AND CASE WINDOWS  (order forms:US | CDN)
Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 3
Pat Gibbons with contributions from Robin Kent
Published for Historic Scotland by Cranbeth Allen
This Note is designed to inform practitioners when considering proposals or requests to alter traditional sash and case windows or to replace them with windows of modern design. It includes sections on weather resistance, thermal performance, sound insulation, safety, security, convenience, and costs.
296x210 mm, 40pp, illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings
THATCH AND THATCHING TECHNIQUES  (order forms:US | CDN)
A Guide to Conserving Scottish Thatching Traditions
Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 4
Bruce Walker, Christopher McGregor and Gregor Stark
This Note addresses four distinct groups of readers: those who own or occupy thatched properties; those involved in maintenance, repair and renewal of thatch; those who grow, prepare, or supply thatching materials; and those concerned with historical accuracy, regional distribution patterns, archaeological, historical and conservation issues. The contents include: the historic background; advantages and disadvantages of thatch; surviving traditional thatches; decline of traditional skills; import of craft skills; new materials; and Historic Scotland policy.
296x210 mm, 96pp, illustrated with colour and black and white line drawings
THE HEBRIDEAN BLACKHOUSE  (order forms:US | CDN)
A Guide to Materials, Construction and Maintenance
Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 5
Bruce Walker and Christopher McGregor
In 1990 the need arose for a full overhaul of the Hebridean Blackhouse at No 42 Arnol, Lewis. When the property first came in to state care in 1962, it was restored as a visitor attraction. It was, however, kept as intact as possible so that its purpose, characteristics and form could be readily appreciated by those who viewed it. The 1990 programme of works provided an ideal opportunity to undertake a more intense study of the structure. This Note aims to further understanding of an extremely cultured piece of architecture and to provide practitioners with an effective model to follow in the care and preservation of similar indigenous building types.
296x210 mm, 40pp, illustrated with black and white line drawings
EARTH STRUCTURES AND CONSTRUCTION IN SCOTLAND  (order forms:US | CDN)
Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 6
Bruce Walker and Christopher McGregor
This Note provides a guide to the recognition and conservation of Earth Technology in Scottish Buildings. A wide ranging study of all aspects relating to erath structures, the main subjects covered are: naturally occurring fibre structures; earth sheltered structures; tempered earth structures; puddled clay; plasters and renders; earthen colouring agents; conservation issues; seven case studies; and tools and equipment involved, from excavation through transport to finishing.
296x210 mm, 136pp, illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings
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Conservation Publications
SCOTTISH CONSERVATION HANDBOOK  (order forms:US | CDN)
Compiled and edited by Carol E. Brown
A guide to the conservation and restoration of historic artifacts and cultural property, this book defines conservation, describes potential problems, gives advice on preventative care and on selecting a conservator and provides a list of useful addresses. 296x203 mm, 28pp, illustrated with colour photographs
THE REPAIR OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN SCOTLAND  (order forms:US | CDN)
Advice on Principles and Methods
Edited by John Knight
This publication will be of value to all concerned with the authentic repair of historic buildings in Scotland. It will also provide a resource for educational providers in the field of practical conservation.
296x210 mm, 84pp, illustrated with black and white photographs
CASE STUDIES OF TRADITIONAL LIME HARLING  (order forms:US | CDN)
A Discussion Document
This is one of an occasional series of papers intended to provide information on recently completed conservation projects and to stimulate discussion or debate. The case studies described are Brodie Castle and the South and West Lodges at Brodie Castle, Morayshire, The Paye House, Ross and Cromarty, and Alves Manse, Alves by Elgin, Morayshire.
296x210 mm, 52pp, illustrated with black and white photographs
INTERNATIONAL LIME CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS  (order forms:US | CDN)
Edited by John Dorrington Ward and Ingval Maxwell
This document, published by Historic Scotland and the Building Limes Forum, is an outcome of the Historic Scotland International Lime Conference, Edinburgh, 1995. It is intended to inform practitioners on the present state of understanding of lime and will be of interest to those using traditional lime mortars, renders, decorative and protective treatments in buildings and conservation work.
296x210 mm, 92pp, illustrated with black and white photographs
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