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

When an event is planned, the date is shown on the home page and booking information will appear in the right-hand column.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic all current BLF events will be held wholly or partially on-line.

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

An 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.

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

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)

Next Conference

Looking Back, Looking Forward: learning from the past to inform the future. The 2021 Conference will take place online in the autumn, with demonstrations being live-streamed from Exeter Cathedral. Booking will open later in the year.  Watch this space!

Latest News and Blogs

Save the Date: We are pleased to announce our very first online conference will be streaming live from Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 6th November 2021. Watch this space for further details and how to book.

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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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322 Lawnmarket
Edinburgh, EH1 2PG, UK

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