Duncan Ainslie

Duncan provides support to the Estates team of the Conservation Directorate at Historic Environment Scotland. With a background in history, he enjoys learning about the significance of our properties and the stories we’re able to perpetuate through our conservation work.

Posts by Duncan Ainslie

Sustainable Conservation at Melrose Abbey Brewery

Friday 15 June 2018

Robert the Bruce loved Melrose Abbey so much that he chose it as the final resting place for his heart. Did you know that this magnificent ruin also once housed a brewery? Discover more about its origins, and find out about the conservation technique we're using to care for it's surrounding walls.

Gardez L’Eau – ‘watch out for the water’

Thursday 25 January 2018

Decay from weather, water and salts to Bothwell Castle’s Latrine Tower prompted conservation work at the site.

Masons and Merelles: A Pastime of the Past

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Sometime around the 13th century, two masons taking a break from working on Arbroath Abbey might have sat down to...

Shifting Sands at Links of Noltland

Friday 31 March 2017

Orkney is home to some of Scotland’s oldest surviving buildings. At Links of Noltland, first settled over 4000 years ago,...