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When we think of traditional buildings in Scotland, our mind often leaps to images of castles, palaces and stately homes. But traditional buildings are also the cottages, farmhouses and terraced tenements that make up our villages, towns and cities. These are the buildings that form part of the world around us, that create our sense of place, and are a principal point of reference for understanding who we are today.

The exhibition at Stranraer Museum celebrates a range of building materials including brick, stone, timber, clay, thatch, lead and iron. Some, such as stone and timber, have been used since the earliest inhabitants came to Scotland. Others, such as pantile roofing and iron, came into general use in more recent times. For the majority of our traditional buildings it is the use of these materials with one another that produces such beautiful and diverse results. For example stone, lime and pantiles form the distinctive buildings of the north east coast while timber, clay and thatch are combined to form the distinctive blackhouses of the Western Isles.

The exhibition has examples of the main traditional building materials. You can also see a selection of traditional Scottish building tools.

The exhibition has been put together by Historic Scotland’s Technical Conservation Group. It will be at Stranraer Museum until 12 November. Admission is free.