In 1974, Robert & Eve Baker pioneered the use of lime for the conservation of the figures on the west front of Wells Cathedral; the event is considered as the start of the lime revival in England. The 2014 Conference & Gathering of the Building Limes Forum, generously supported by English Heritage, commemorated 40 years of the lime revival with lectures and visits looking at the work at Wells and developments in the four decades since.
University of Bath
The conference was based at the University of Bath, a 1960s campus university based at Claverton Down overlooking the historic City of Bath.
The programme of lectures included some of those pioneers who worked with Robert and Eve Baker at Wells and whose lives revolved around lime ever since. Other speakers included those involved in some of the developments in lime technology since the 1970s, including some of those at the forefront of current developments.
The Baker Memorial Lecture was given in Town Hall of Wells by David Odgers, one of the UK’s leading experts in the conservation of historic buildings and who worked with Robert & Eve Baker in the 1970s. The title was Reflections on the Wells experience; legacy and future challenges.
As well as the lectures, there were sociable dinners and visits to the cities of Bath and Wells and elsewhere. Accommodation was arranged at the University.
This event was fully booked.
The 2022 Conference and Gathering is being held in Queen’s University, Belfast, 2- 4 September 2022, and is organised by the Building Limes Forum Ireland.
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.