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Vernacular architecture follows traditions passed down from person to person, generation to generation, at any level of society.

The buildings that attract our interest vary in size and construction from small, temporary shelters, through cottages, tenements and farm steadings, to large, enduring tower houses. Usage is likewise diverse, including seasonal shelters, permanent dwellings of all sizes, farms, smithies, watermills and larger industrial concerns.

They are found throughout the country, in both rural and urban settings, and represent many aspects of our history, and of Scotland’s identity. What they all have in common is their construction from local materials using local methods, resulting in characteristics that reflect their environments, so that they sit comfortably within the landscape.

 

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  Annual Conference - October 2017   Vernacular Building - coming soon   Join us on Flickr!  
 

The SVBWG AGM and Conference will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 5th October 2017. The conference theme will be Investigation and Conservation.

 

Explore articles on Dr Bruce Walker, the pre-improvement farmhouse in the western lowlands, the SPAB survey of thatched buildings, Old Leanach Cottage and Culloden Battlefield, 1930s Scottish allotment huts, Barceló’s ‘missing water mills’, and Scottish and Italian horizontal mills.

 

Thackit? Hingin' lum? Clay bool? Share your photos of Scotland's vernacular buildings on our brand new Flickr page.

 
                                     
       
                                     
                                     
                                     
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