TO BUILD IN ORKNEY’S EARTH AND STONE

September 5 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Earth has been used as building material in Orkney since the Neolithic.  Architect Tom Morton and mudmason/artist Rebecca Little have been studying its use in Orkney’s ancient buildings for Historic Environment Scotland, and they’ve identified a range of skilled techniques. Earth can bind stones for walls, and clay was used to seal roof slates at the Ness of Brodgar. Recent studies have also highlighted its use as decorative plaster. And as they explain, it turns out that in today’s climate situation, local materials such as earth and straw could have a role again.

Tom and Becky both work for the charity Earth Building UK & Ireland (EBUKI), and over the next few days will host a series of one-day workshops, funded by Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, offering training on the science and heritage of Orkney’s clay soils. One of these, on Saturday 7 September, is open to the public and a booking link will be here soon, and three other days will be available for people working in the heritage sector.  An exhibition of the ideas can be seen at the Ship of Fools Gallery in Kirkwall (more details to come).

CHANGING LIVES WITH SOLAR POWER
GOLD IN THE STARS

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