Part of Historic Environment Scotland
A large screen inside the centre of the Engine Shed with a "welcome to the Engine Shed" message displayed

About us

How we work to protect Scotland’s heritage

The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is Historic Environment Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre.

We champion the knowledge, skills and materials that make up Scotland’s historic built environment. We need these so that our buildings and craft skills can continue to exist for many future generations.

We’re a hub for digital innovation and heritage science specialists. In our science and digital labs, our experts lead and support cutting edge projects with partners from the heritage sector in Scotland, the UK, and internationally.

The Engine Shed is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and National Open College Network (NOCN). As an accredited training centre we inspire people to care for Scotland’s built heritage. Our industry leading training and learning activities share technical knowledge about the historic built environment to support Scotland’s skills needs.

About the building
The new wings of the Engine Shed mostly constructed, with scaffolding up around one side of the building
Our building under construction

Teams working from the Engine Shed

We are home to a range of Historic Environment Scotland teams who support the heritage sector across Scotland.

A heritage scientist in a white coat in a lab, scanning a piece of stone in front of a laptop
A person pushing a piece of insulation into a demo stand of a building, while a group of people look onwards
A 3D scan of Caerlaverock Castle

Discover the stories of Scotland’s built heritage

Our blogs explore the skills, people and materials embedded within traditional buildings.

Read our blog
A row of blonde sandstone tenements with sash and case windows in the city.