The Mountain Bothy Association is a charity which looks after and maintains over 100 shelters in some of the remoter parts of Great Britain, with the majority being in Scotland. With the permission and support of the owners, these shelters are unlocked and are available for anyone to use without cost or pre-booking.
This talk will focus on the history of the MBA, how it came to be responsible for these charming vernacular buildings, and look at case studies of works undertaken to particular buildings in recent years. There will be a special focus on works undertaken in summer 2021 at The Red House, near Braemar, where a small building is being brought back from near-ruin by volunteers. We will hear how masons have repaired the dangerously unstable gable walls and see how the inside has been fitted out.
All maintenance activities on MBA bothies are carried out by volunteers. The MBA welcomes new members who want to support our work, either by attending work parties or by contributing financially through subscriptions and donations. Without this support, many of these unique shelters would be lost forever. More information about the MBA can be found here.
Presented by MBA trustee and volunteer Neil Reid.
The lecture will conclude with a Q&A session where both general and practical questions will be welcomed.
Start Time: 18.00
Conservation on the Edge:
This is the first in our short seriers of lectures arranged by SPAB Scotland in celebration of their 25th Anniversary. All lectures will examine conservation in tricky or unusual circumstances.
As long as there is space on the event, we usually allow you to book for both yourself and a guest. When completing the booking form, you will be asked to select the number of people and put in your own details on the first page, then to put in your second person's details on the next page. The event fee shown on each of these pages is for the individual person - you will be shown the total amount due once you get to the summary page.
About SPAB Scotland
Members of the SPAB living and working in Scotland decided to form their own semi-autonomous group in 1995. Scotland has its own building traditions, architectural language and property laws, all of which are best dealt with locally. All members of the SPAB residing in Scotland are automatically members of SPAB Scotland.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.