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Tour of Grandison & Son and Traquair House with SPAB Scotland AGM
Saturday 18th March 2017

Join us for the SPAB Scotland AGM at the Eastgate Arts Centre in Peebles, followed by an exclusive tour of Grandison Plaster Workshops and a visit to Traquair House.

We will start the afternoon with our short AGM to be held in the Eastgate Arts Centre in Peebles, a church converted to great acclaim by Richard Murphy Architects in 2004. SPAB are always interested to see how buildings can be reused, and we hope this will provide a talking point for members.

The small market town of Peebles is home to another hidden gem – the Grandison Plaster Workshops, where Leonard Grandison has been hand crafting decorative mouldings in lime plaster for decades. There will be two tour groups (numbers are limited unfortunately) who will get to view the workshops and the fascinating collection of historic plaster samples and small museum, and hear Leonard talk about his work.

Finally, we have arranged an 'out of season' visit to the very fine Traquair House only a few miles from Peebles in order to view decorative plasterwork in situ.

We hope that this event will build on the great success of our previous AGM in Falkland in 2016, where we had a record turn out.

The event will include a short presentation by William Napier on the development of pre-1707 decorative plasterwork in Scotland.
William is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Architectural Historian, who previously served a traditional plastering apprenticeship with L. Grandison & Son in Peebles. After completing his Building Surveying degree and undertaking a two year building conservation internship with Historic Scotland, William worked at the Scottish Lime Centre for three years before joining the National Trust for Scotland in 2001 as a Building Surveyor where he was part of a team responsible for the maintenance and repair of a wide range of properties throughout south and central Scotland. In 2012 William completed his PhD, ‘Kinship and Politics in the Art of Decoration', a study of Scottish Renaissance decorative plasterwork and interiors and in 2016, with his business partner, Rob Adams, established the Adams Napier Partnership, a Chartered Surveying and Heritage Consultancy based in Peebles.

1.15 - tea and coffee
1.30 – AGM
2.00 - first tour and presentation commence
2.45 - groups switch and second tour and presentation commence
4.00 - meet at Traguair House for tour
5.00 - end

Three types of ticket will be available:
AGM Only Ticket: FREE
Full Package Ticket: £20 (AGM & Refreshments at Eastgate Arts Centre,  visit to Grandison and guided tour of Traquair House)
Grandison Ticket: £10 (AGM & Refreshments at Eastgate Arts Centre and visit to Grandison)

Full Package tickets are limited due to the capacity of Grandison, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

To book your ticket please visit our EventBright page. If you would like to know more about the AGM 2017 in Peebles, please contact our administrator Emma Whyley for more information at

A Survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland
Scotland has a long tradition of using thatch, and one of the most diverse ranges of thatching materials and techniques found in Europe. In some parts of the country the local traditions of thatching continued until the beginning of the 20th century. However, since then, thatched buildings have largely disappeared from the rural landscape in many parts of Scotland. This survey is the essential first step in identifying the type and quality of thatched buildings which remain, so that skills and resources can be directed most effectively.

Follow this link to download the survey

SPAB Scotland Committee: can you spare some time?
The SPAB Scotland Committee would very much like to hear from anyone interested in joining. The committee generally meets quarterly, usually in Edinburgh or as part of one of the events organised for members and public. It’s a great time to get involved as there are some exciting new ideas in the pipeline.

If you feel you might have something to contribute, and are able to volunteer some time then please get in touch to find out how your skills might be used. 

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