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.

All BLF events for 2020 have been postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 Exeter Gathering, originally scheduled for 4-6 September 2020 has been postponed to 27-29 August 2021.

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