RESIDENTS are getting the unique chance to save historic buildings at risk .

Time is running out to sign up for Dumfries House’s latest project that will teach students the rare skills such as glasswork, ceramics, painting, carving, metalwork, sculpture, and textiles.

It comes as an increasing number of stonemasons, thatchers, and timberframers near retirement age and cathedrals and other historic buildings across the UK risk having no-one with the skills to maintain them.

The Building Arts programme will be a fully-funded nine-month training programme in collaboration with Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.

But applications for the exciting new project must be in by Monday, November 4, before launching in February next year.

It will be delivered alongside QEST, the charity supporting the training and education of individual craftspeople since 1990.

Michael Goodger, built environment education manager for The Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House, said: “Students from a broad range of discipline areas will learn together, exploring both the interdisciplinary nature of architecture, the decorative arts and traditional craft, and the role that these practices can continue to play in shaping the world around us.

“We hope to inspire a future generation of designers, artists, and makers to create a built environment which draws on a vast array of different skills, and celebrates the physical, temporal and even symbolic connections which can be realised through our buildings and places.”

Those interested in applying for the course can access more information and an application form at

Applications must be submitted by midday on Monday 4 November, 2019 to