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View of Cromarty House, c.1772 - click for a larger image
View of Cromarty House, c.1772.

Forthcoming Events

Annual Conferences and Autumn Meets:
All our events are open to non-members and we are delighted to welcome local people to the Annual Conferences as non-residents. The Annual Conference in late April is spread over two or four days; the autumn meeting is just one day in early November. Most of our meetings have a firm emphasis on site visits rather than on formal lectures.

Scotland’s Thatched Buildings – Developing a Plan for the Future
Thursday 4th May 2017, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre

Historic Environment Scotland, in collaboration with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (Scotland), the National Trust for Scotland, and the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group, invites you to come and discuss the future of thatched buildings in Scotland.

This one day event of talks and discussion will be of interest to all those who own or manage thatched buildings, and anyone with an interest in Scotland’s vernacular architecture. It is particularly relevant for local authority planners, building professionals, local heritage groups and estate managers. As well as considering the importance of thatched buildings in Scotland, and how to protect them for the future, this event will also present the findings of the SPAB survey of Thatched Buildings in Scotland, a unique gazetteer of thatched structures in the country.

Tickets are priced at £20 and can be purchased on the HES website.

Tickets are free to SVBWG members; please contact for further information.

View of Cromarty lighthouse, 1846 - click for a larger image
View of Cromarty lighthouse, 1846.

Excursion to Glenochar Bastle House and Fermtoun, by Elvanfoot, near Abington, Lanarkshire
Sunday 18th June, 11am - 4pm

This is a joint visit with the Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group. We will visit the Glenochar Bastle ruin and its associated fermtoun remains, eat our packed lunches there – weather permitting – then see a model of the bastle, and the finds excavated from the site, at Biggar Museum. Following that there is tea provided by CVBG members Charles and May McKerrell in Lochmaben.

For more information contact Niall Logan at:

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