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 courses in traditional building skills at our purpose-built training facility or on your site. Formal accreditation for building contractors in conservation masonry. Training packages for THI schemes and publicly funded projects. Discount of 20% for BLF members; just give your membership number when booking.
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.
01243 811301

The Lime Centre
Hazeley Road, Morestead, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1LZ
Practical training sessions for individuals or small groups on the application of lime for mortar, plaster and render.
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
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, and Thatching.
01874 658000

Anglia Lime Company
Fishers Farm, Belchamp Walter, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 7AP
Practical days of mixing and using lime mortars for plasters, renders and repairs
01787 313974

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.
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.
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.
01208 79779

Birmingham City University
City Centre Campus, Birmingham B4 7BD
Practical 2-day conservation workshops held a variety of venues in the West Midlands including training in lime, stone, timber, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and ceramic building materials.
07912 023123

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.
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.
01908 584163

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
01768 352572

School of Natural Building
Hollinroyd Farm, Todmorden, OL14 8RJ
Courses in strawbale building, earth building, lime rendering and clay plastering.

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.
07845 739594

University of York
Department of Archaeology, University of York, The King’s Manor, York, YO1 7EP
Short courses for professional CPD in building conservation include lime, stone, plaster, earth and brick.
01904 323903

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
01243 811464

Woodchester Mansion Trust
Woodchester Mansion, Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, Glos, GL10 3UQ
Various courses including stonemasonry, lime plasters, stone repair, dry stone walling, hurdle making, 1 or 2 days
01453 750455

Mike Wye & Associates
Buckland Filleigh Sawmills, Buckland Filleigh, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5RN
Practical courses covering the use of lime in renovation including Secil ecoCORK thermal lime render. Polished plaster courses covering Venetian plaster, Marmorino and Tadelakt. Other courses on natural paints, and CPDs on Building Conservation.
01409 281644

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.
+1 773 286 2100