The Building Limes Forum holds events to promote the understanding of the use of lime in building. These are:

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Lime in New Build Seminars

This popular and well-regarded one-day seminar demystifies the uses of lime and lime-based products for conservation and new build and provides access to clear information to enable knowledgeable use and specification of these materials.  The seminar is aimed at clients, developers and professionals (architects, engineers, surveyors) and covers an introduction to lime, design guidance, specification, and case studies.

Hands-on Lime Days

Limes Days give members and non-members alike an opportunity to meet to exchange information and to demonstrate and learn the techniques of traditional lime-based building skills.  Lime days usually consist of a class-room introduction to lime and the benefits of using lime followed by hands-on practice of lime-related building skills.

Annual Conference & Gathering

A conference and gathering is held each year. This three-day event consists of the presentation of papers on the use of lime from users, specifiers, academics and historians and practical demonstrations in the use of lime. Gatherings are informal and friendly with plenty of time for the exchange of views and even to demonstrate skills. Lectures are also live-streamed for those unable to travel to the venue.

Each year a different venue is chosen, both within and outside the UK. Costs are kept to a minimum and include meals and visits to places of interest. Accommodation at preferential rates is also usually arranged.

Previous conferences have been held in

Belfast (2022)
Exeter (2021)
The Covid-19 pandemic prevented a conference in 2020
Stirling (2019)
Canterbury (2018)
Trondheim (2017, organised by Nidaros Cathedral Workshops)
Liverpool (2016)
Cambridge (2015)
Bath & Wells (2014)
Dublin (2013, organised by BLF Ireland)
Durham (2012)
Ironbridge, Shropshire (2011)
Heriot-Watt University, by Edinburgh (2010)
West Dean (2009)
Isle of Man (2008)
Greenwich (2007)
Cardiff (2006)
Bergen (2005)
Lancaster (2004)
Bury St Edmunds (2003)
Kilkenny (2002)
Charlestown, Fife (2001)
Wye, Kent (2000)
Swanage (1999)
Newry (1998)
MachynllethPowys (1997)
Cirencester (1996)
Edinburgh (1995)
RydalCumbria (1994)
Buxton (1993)
York (1992)

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Members of the Building Limes Forum form a community of lime enthusiasts and practitioners, most of whom are producers, suppliers, specifiers or users of lime.

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