TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2020 AT 2 PM – 4 PM

Falkland Craft Symposium, Day One

A window into the world of Craftsmanship as expressed through a rural Estate in Fife committed to sustainability, and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded by William Morris in 1877 with the strong support of John Ruskin. This is the fifth Craft Symposium hosted by the Falkland Centre for Stewardship and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and supported by Ruskin’s Guild of St George (founded in 1871), the Art Workers’ Guild (founded in 1884) and the Building Limes Forum.

Due to the restrictions in place as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the annual Falkland Craft Symposium will be held online. The programme will run from Tuesday 18th-Friday 21st August, with lectures everyday at 14.00-16.00. Please sign up individually for each day. Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged and gratefully received. CLICK TO BOOK TICKETS

Day One Programme:

14.00-14.10: Opening remarks by Convener Peter Burman, architectural historian, a trustee of Falkland Stewardship Trust, a Director of Ruskin’s Guild of St George, former Chair of SPAB Scotland. The introduction will include an explanation of where responsibility lies for the House of Falkland (Falkland Stewardship Trust) and Falkland Palace (of which the National Trust for Scotland is the Deputy Keeper), and remarks about their architectural history.

14.10-14.40: Ninian Stuart, Chair of Falkland Estate Trust, Trustee of Falkland Stewardship Trust, Hereditary Keeper of Falkland Palace, ultimately responsible for the Falkland Estate: Opportunities for Craftsmanship and Sustainable Management of Landscape on a Rural Estate informed by our vision, values and necessarily sound stewardship of resources.

14.40: Q&A14.50-15.20: Matthew Slocombe, Director of Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. How Sound Workmanship and Craft Skills make possible the sustainable repair and re-purposing of old buildings according to a consistent vision and principles.

15.20-15.30: Q&A15.30-15.45: Opportunity for general discussion.

About the Symposium:Beginning in 2016, the Falkland Centre for Stewardship has initiated a series of Craft Symposia, in August, of which this is the fifth. The Symposia have from the beginning been supported by the SPAB and have included the participation of the Society’s William Morris Craft Fellows and the SPAB Scholars who are generally architects, building surveyors or engineers. They have also been generously supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.Previous Symposia have included a mix of serious intellectual discourse with practical craft activities covering different fields every year. The traditional buildings materials of Britain (stone, earth, brick, plaster, timber, thatch, glass) and the skills associated with them such as how to produce and use lime for the all-important purposes of pointing, plastering or harling, and decoration.This year the Crafts Symposium is perforce a virtual event but we hope that it will have some of the flavour of previous symposia in combining thoughtful reflections across the materials and skills with contributions from craftspeople working in various fields as well as from conservation professionals and historians