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Review of Engine Shed

Engine Shed
Ranked #39 of 84 things to do in Stirling
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Engine Shed is Scotland’s dedicated building conservation centre, based in Stirling. Run by Historic Environment Scotland, it serves as a central hub for building and conservation professionals and the general public. Our historic built environment is a finite and unique resource, yet its care calls for conservation skills that are in short supply. This new learning and visitor resource will help to encourage a greater understanding of traditional building materials and skills – and inspire future generations to continue to care for Scotland’s built heritage.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Stumbled upon this by chance as there was a road diversion. Well worth a visit-really interesting and staff very helpful/informative.

1  Thank 14janey
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Attended the session with the Edinburgh Sketcher. The activity was free and suitable for everyone from around aged 10 up (no limit). The sketcher was really helpful and very encouraging even though our efforts were not that great. The facilities are excellent and especially suitable for disabled visitors as it is all on the same level. I have to applaud the fact that there is no dedicated parking for this venue as it is completely in keeping with the ethos of the place taking account of climate change and sustainability that the whole project promotes. It is handy for bus and train so really no need to take the car. As I understand it the vacant land around the Shed is still owned by the local council who have plans to build on it. For a free venue it is amazing but not for small children.

Thank Alexis M
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Relatively new centre owned by Historic Environment Scotland and focussed on historic buildings and conservation. As pointed out in other reviews, the large interactive (AR) map does occupy a significant part of the main hall (and my kids weren't interested at all in the iPad AR) but there's loads of little activities all around the hall which kept us there for 1-2 hours. The exhibits on the GSA Mackintosh Buildings were a highlight for me. Really friendly and helpful staff an obvious plus!

1  Thank Kieron N
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We had visited during the Doors open doors event in 2016, so had great expectations but it's just a single hall with very limited activities seeing that most of it is taken over by a huge interactive map of Scotland. The length of the visit is an hr max. No parking next to it in spite of there being a huge car park. You have to park at the Council car park and pay for an all day ticket.

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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

First impressions were mixed as we weren’t able to park nearby and it was raining. You have to use the large (paying) carpark near the cinema unless you have a disabled sticker. This is a reseach facility for Scottish Natural Heritage and others involved in building restoration of all kinds. We had a six and seven year old with us and an hour is probably all we managed as the info was a little bit advanced for them. However we enjoyed using the blocks to build the wee bridge, also working out the model of a lift bridge to allow traffic, and examining the varying the porocity of different rocks. Staff at hand were very helpful when asked. The big map of Scotland with interactive iPads is a great idea. Unfortunately the technology is raw and we had s number of problems with them crashing. Once these are refined to include more items of interest, and are easier to handle (the wee ones weren’t really tall enough to benefit fully) they will be brilliant. The cafe looked very small with a limited range offered so we went elsewhere for lunch.
Definitely worth supporting and watching it develop.

1  Thank Brinylobster
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