Events

  

Upcoming SPAB Events in Scotland

 

Visit to Union Bridge and Paxton House, North Berwick
Date: Sunday 9th July
Price: £30
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The visit will include a tour of Paxton House, Architects John & James Adam and James Reid, a boat trip along the Tweed from Paxton House to look at the bridge from the river and back to Paxton house and then a visit to the Union Chain Bridge by Captain Samuel Brown with advice from eminent Engineer John Rennie on the building of the masonry towers. Here we will meet members of the Friends of the Chain Bridge who will tell us about the bridge and the plans for its bicentenary in 2020. This wrought iron Suspension Bridge is believed to be the oldest suspension bridge still carrying vehicles. The bridge which links England to Scotland (hence Union Bridge) was built at the upper tidal limit of the river Tweed on the site of a former ford.

10.30: Meet for a special tour of Paxton House
12.00 – 12.50: lunch
13.00 -14.00 boat trip
14.00 - 14.15 walk along riverside path to visit Union Chain Bridge
14.45 – 16.15 talks and exhibition at Honey Farm

Places are on a first come first served basis. If the weather is bad the boats may not run.

Walking tour of Rothesay
Date:
Saturday 5th August
Time:
11.00 – 3.00
Location:
Rothesay
Price:
£8 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ats-walks-rothesay-with-spab-tickets-34025750937
Organised jointly with The Alexander Thomson Society, we will go on a walking tour in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute, to explore Victorian and early 20th century architecture. Following the introduction of steamers, Rothesay became one of the pre-eminent tourist destinations on the Clyde for holidaymakers and day trippers. The guided tour will involve entry to a number of key buildings of this period of time.

The tour will start at the newly renovated Wemyss Bay Station (1903-1904, James Miller) in Inverclyde, before crossing with the Calmac Ferry to Rothesay. Leaving Rothesay terminal, we will walk to the Winter Gardens (1923), a glasshouse with significant ironwork from the Saracen Foundry, and then explore the villa neighborhood on the south side of the bay, including: Tor House (1855, A. Thomson); ongoing conservation works at Rothesay Castle (12th -16th century), unique in Scotland with its circular plan; and a guided visit of the Rothesay Pavilion (1936-38, J. and J.A. Carrick), an unusual reinforced concrete masterpiece which is currently undergoing conservation works. For those interested, the tour will be finished with a visit to Mount Stewart (1879-1880, R.R. Anderson), using the regular bus service from the ferry terminal.

For more information, please visit the website of the Alexander Thomson Society or email info@alexanderthomsonsociety.org.uk

Second Falkland Craft Symposium
Date: Weekend 18 to 20 August      
Time: 9.30am - 5.15pm    
Venue: Falkland Centre for Stewardship, The Stables, Falkland Estate, Fife
Tickets: £20 per day, reduced to £50 for delegates who book all three days

DAY ONE - HOUSE OF FALKLAND AND THE FALKLAND ESTATE PAST AND PRESENT
DAY TWO - STAINED GLASS AND DECORATIVE PLASTERWORK
DAY THREE - CARVED AND DECORATIVE STONEWORK; PAINTED DECORATION AND MURALS; FURNITURE; DECORATIVE METALWORK; TEXTILES

This event builds on the undoubted success of the first Craft Symposium in August 2016. Friendships were formed and networks established which are even now bringing benefits to individuals, the locality and nationally. There are many talented people working in Fife, Scotland and the UK although, at the same time, there is a distinct shortage of skills in some areas. Real efforts are being made to grow those skills so that the crafts can continue to bring joy into our lives while providing a livelihood for those who have dedicated their lives to particular crafts.

Moreover, without the traditional building crafts and a renaissance in understanding of the particular needs of old buildings, it will become increasingly difficult to look after the nation’s built heritage adequately.

Each day has been arranged to have a distinctive flavour with two or more fields of craftsmanship being explored. This year, however, there is an over-riding theme which is the craft skills represented by the built fabric and richly crafted interiors of the House of Falkland, which will play an important part in the event.

Private tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Date:
Friday 22nd September
Time: 17.30
Location: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, EH8 8DX
Price: £20/£15 for concessionsSPAB

Scotland invites you to attend a private tour of Holyroodhouse, led by Steven Blench and William Napier the evening before the Doors Open weekend.

Doors Open Day 2017
Date:
Saturday 23rd September
Time:
12.00 – 4.00
Location:
Trunk’s Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh
Price:
Free
Join us for a live plastering demonstration, hands on kids plastering, casting and painting activities and a plasterwork exhibit to be held in the courtyard of the Cockburn Association.
Following on the success of the 2017 SPAB calendar, we will also be launching the 2018 SPAB calendar which will focus on plasterwork with a fascinating chronology of seventeenth century Scottish plasterwork.
We have also prepared a mini tour of properties with fine examples of decorative plasterwork in Edinburgh which are participating in the Doors Open Day weekend.

 

 


Please see the SPAB Magazine or contact SPAB Scotland at scotland@spab.org.uk for information on upcoming events, or follow our new Twitter account for more up to date information on SPAB Scotland and future events @SPABScotland
 




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We welcome suggestions for future events. Please contact SPAB Scotland at scotland@spab.org.uk.