The enticing mystery of Scottish medieval buildings, the history of the country's architecture and various cultural contexts in which its built heritage was created are just some the aspects that will be examined in the newly opened Heritage Education Centre in Scotland, United Kingdom. Officially opened in June 2017, The Engine Shed is the first national building conservation centre, established with an aim to cherish and promote knowledge about Scotland’s 450,000 traditional buildings. 

With over 2,000 castles from different historic periods, various historic monuments, houses and edifices, as well as with architecturally outstanding urban spaces and modern buildings, the country abounds in heritage sites. Each of these architectural creations reflects skill sets, styles and economic conditions specific to a particular era, the understanding of which helps us learn more about our past and history.

Enhancing this understanding and promoting the values of Scottish architectural heritage is one of the main goals of The Engine Shed. Initiated by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), and officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs representative, the centre is a unique resource for spreading the knowledge about the diverse architectural heritage of Scotland, United Kingdom. Commenting on its significance, Chair of Historic Environment Scotland, Jane Ryder said:

“This world-class facility is a wonderful living classroom with science and technology at its core, demonstrating that innovation can be inspired by the past. The Engine Shed is about thinking differently and challenging perceptions, which will act as a catalyst and a beacon for the historic environment.”

The Engine Shed is based at Forthside Way in Stirling, where people of different ages and interests will have an opportunity to attend classes, lectures and trainings to develop a better understanding of their local architectural heritage. The educational material consists of various research papers, interactive lectures and digital resources such as 3D theatre, 3D scanning and augmented reality software, which help make heritage exploration closer to those who wish to learn more about it.

The centre also contributes to heritage preservation, particularly by documenting and digitising relevant materials and heritage resources. This way, The Engine Shed will help develop wider appreciation of Scottish architectural heritage and involve more people in its preservation and enhancement.