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Site of the Selkirk Castle dig at The Haining.

Site of the Selkirk Castle dig at The Haining.

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An exhibition providing an introduction to the traditional building materials of Scotland will take place at The Haining in Selkirk from Saturday, March 8, to Saturday, March 29.

Building Scotland is being brought to the town via the Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and celebrates 14 individual building materials, some of which, such as stone and timber, have been used since earliest human habitation in Scotland.

Other materials, such as pantiles and iron, have come into general use in more recent times. Visitors to the Historic Scotland travelling event will see actual examples of specific Scottish traditional building materials, covering aspects such as how each material has been utilised over time, geographical variations throughout the country, the properties of the materials and examples of their use, and how each material has shaped Scotland’s built environment.

A selection of the traditional tools that would have been used to work and build the material will also be on display.

The timing and location of the exhibition coincides with the launch of Selkirk CARS.

The project aims to support a variety of heritage-led regeneration activities, including grant support for traditional repairs to historic buildings.

The Building Scotland exhibition will also serve as an opportunity for local home and business owners to learn more about how they can benefit from Selkirk CARS funding.

Trustee of The Haining and chair of the Selkirk CARS Steering Group, Lawrence Robertson, said: “Everybody who cares about the town, art and craftsmanship, and the people who have shaped our place, should see this exhibition. All should leave inspired and determined to insist on getting the best quality for everything, from a door knob to a dormer.”

The Building Scotland exhibition will be open from Wednesday to Saturday each week during March, from 10am to 4pm, starting on Saturday, March 8. All are welcome and admission is free.

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