The Edinburgh Festival brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city each summer to feast on jazz, comedy, theatre, avant-garde art and everything in between. For the past two years, however, it has also been opening doors to some of the capital’s most interesting and significant traditional buildings.
This year’s Traditional Building Festival, based at the offices of Edinburgh World Heritage, took place over three days in August and consisted of a series of well-received lectures, discussions and tours, all organised by the Edinburgh Traditional Forum.
The aim of the event is to celebrate Edinburgh’s traditional buildings and the materials and skills used to maintain them for future generations.
The festival is funded by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), the Stone Federation of Great Britain and the Construction Industry Training Board, with support from Edinburgh College, Historic Scotland and Edinburgh World Heritage.
The NFRC, the UK’s largest roofing trade association, put on lead and slate roofing demonstrations, and more events are promised for next year’s festival.