21-23 September 2012, Durham, England
The Building Limes Forum held its annual conference from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September 2012 at St. John’s College, Durham. Durham is a beautiful city and a world heritage site, which made an ideal location for a gathering.
On Friday the many uses for the future of lime in building were examined, covering both conservation and new build. The presentations covered future changes to lime-related issues for the successful use and development in the repair of old buildings and in the sustainability of new buildings. Coverage was also be given to future changes required to building standards and regulations. In the evening there was a dinner at Durham Castle.
Saturday started with lime-related lectures and case studies and in the afternoon we visited Barnard Castle to see projects involving lime. In the evening was dinner at St. Johns preceded by The Baker Memorial Lecture given by Stafford Holmes.
On Sunday morning there were presentations by delegates on topical issues and in the afternoon there was the choice of either a walking tour of the city or a visit to Beamish Open Air Museum.
The BLF conference was preceded by a separate, practical, hands-on introduction to lime on Thursday 20 September. This one-day course, organised by the Scottish Lime Centre for the BLF, was suitable for anyone who had not previously used lime or wished to refresh their knowledge. There was some classroom instruction but the majority of the time involved practical work at re-pointing, plastering and limewashing.
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.