Put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired in Units 1 to 3 to take on a challenge that professional conservationists regularly come up against.
Students will form small teams to take on an intensive four-week case study project centred around a structure on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register. Your task will be to identify, research, survey and assess a chosen site, and specify a programme of repair works for it. You will then develop proposals to alter or convert the redundant structure to give it a new use and a more secure future.
This authentic assessment will let you demonstrate your understanding of key aspects of conservation work, as studied in the diploma’s initial 19 modules.
You will also be able to show that you have a practical handle on how the conservation sector operates in Scotland. How historical, political, legal, socio-economic or technical factors may influence conservation work. How successful repair or restoration projects should be undertaken on the ground.
A key element of the case study is engaging with the many stakeholders typically involved in such projects. This will help you to build a well-rounded picture of the opportunities and constraints that surround problematic heritage sites, and get to grips with local attitudes around potential changes of use.