Courses on Lime

The following organisations hold courses in the use of lime. Discounts for BLF members are offered by the Scottish Lime Centre Trust and West Dean.

Inclusion of an organisation in this list does not imply endorsement. The websites of the other limes forums will also list course providers (see home page for links).

Scottish Lime Centre
Charlestown Workshops, Rocks Road, Charlestown, Fife KY11 3EN

Extensive range of training in traditional building skills, building conservation at our purpose-built training facility or on site. Formal accreditation for building contractors and training packages for THI schemes and publicly funded projects. Discount of 20% for BLF members; just give your membership number when booking.

Tel: 01383 872722
West Dean College
West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QZ

The Building Conservation Masterclasses: a programme of short courses in technical and practical skills in the repair and maintenance of historic structures. Discount of 10% for BLF members; just give your membership number when booking.

Tel: 01243 811301
The Lime Centre
Hazeley Road, Morestead, Winchester, SO21 1LZ

Bespoke half-day and one-day courses ranging from an introduction to the use of lime in traditional building to advanced use of lime.

Tel: 01962 713636
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY

Short courses in traditional building skills for homeowners, professionals, builders and craftsmen

Tel: 020 7377 1644
Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd
Ty-Mawr, Llangasty, Brecon, Powys LD3 7PJ

One & two day courses (#accredited by the RIBA)
#An Introduction to Lime
#Lime Plastering (plain and decorative)
Lime for Architects and Specifiers
#Ecological Building
Ecological Paints & Finishes
Earth Building
#Dry Stone Walling

Tel: 01874 658000
Anglia Lime Company
Off Windham Road, Chilton Industrial Estate, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2XD

Practical days of mixing and using lime mortars for plasters, renders and repairs

Tel: 01787 313974
Carrington Lime
Greenview, Northwood Green, Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire GL14 1NA

Courses are aimed at home owners and beginners who wish to gain a better understanding of why and how to use lime mortar on their buildings.

Tel: 01452 762029
Chalk Down Lime Ltd
The Lime Yard, Gate Farm, Staplecross, East Sussex, TN32 5RP

Courses in Lime Plaster, Renders, Brickwork, Pointing, Stonework & Flint at our rural works and premises in East Sussex.

Tel: 01580 830092
Coe Stone Ltd
Ty Gwyn Workshops, Abernant, Carmarthenshire SA33 5RR

Courses in the preparation and use of hot mixed lime mortars for conservation and repair.  Stone-carving courses also available.

Tel: 01267 281166
Cornish Lime Ltd
Brims Park, Old Callywith Road, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2DZ

Courses available covering lime pointing, lime rendering, bag rubbing, lime plastering. Also practical instruction, advice and tips on paint effects using breathable paints including limewash.

Tel: 01208 79779
The Lime Company of West Wales Ltd
Brynymor House, Cardigan SA43 1PA

Our courses here in West Wales teach builders, homeowners, architects and specifiers the best practices when using lime.

Tel: 07974 161122
Dr Gerard C J Lynch - The Red Mason
10 Blackthorn Grove, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes MK17 8PZ

Bespoke practical training workshops and masterclasses in lime and historic brickwork.

Tel: 01908 584163
Masons Mortar
77 Salamander Street, Leith, EH6 7JZ

Practical training courses held at our branches in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Tel: 0131 555 0503
Obee Community Interest Co
Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Suffolk, UK, IP14 2LY

Practical courses in natural, sustainable and traditional building, greenwood and rural skills

Tel: 01473 658193
Elaine Rigby and Charles Blackett-Ord
33 Chapel Street, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria CA16 6QR

Various short courses on lime in building held at various locations in the North of England and on-site training tailored to the specific contractor or site

Tel: 01768 352572
School of Natural Building
Hollinroyd Farm, Todmorden, OL14 8RJ

Courses in cement-free foundations, strawbale building, earth building, lime rendering, clay plastering, and online and theoretical courses.

Tel: 07857 890805
Traditional Building Training Education and Consultancy
Hall Farm, Maltongate, Thornton Dale, Pickering YO18 7SA

Skills training in the patterns of vernacular building locally, as well as in the modern use of sustainable and breathable materials.

Tel: 07845 739594
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU

A wide range of day schools and longer courses in building conservation and traditional crafts and skills.

Tel: 01243 811464
U.S. Heritage Group Training Centre
3516 North Kostner Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60641, U.S.A.

Two-day workshops for architects specifying mortars for historic masonry buildings.

Tel: +1 773 286 2100

2024 Conference and Gathering

The next BLF Conference and Gathering will be held in Brighton, 6-8 September.  Booking will open in May, but hold the dates!

Events in 2024

Watch this space for lime days and other events in 2024.


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