2018 Conference, Canterbury

The 2018 BLF Conference and Gathering, supported by Roundtower Lime, was held from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September in Canterbury Canterbury Lodge.  The theme of the conference was Pozzolans, Additives and Natural Cements. The conference was dedicated to the memory of our past Chairman, Simon Swann (1956-2018).

Canterbury was established by the Romans but is best known as the home of the Anglican communion. Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 597 AD by St Augustine, the present building dates from Norman times.

The conference programme consisted of lectures in the morning and activities in the afternoon.  The lectures on the Friday concentrated on the theme of Pozzolans, Additives & Natural Cements, those on the Saturday more on plastering, and the Sunday morning was a miscellany of short papers by members. The Friday afternoon was spent within the Cathedral precincts with the Cathedral Workshops hosting demonstrations, hands-on activities and tours up the scaffolding. The Baker Memorial Lecture was given by Chris Pennock, head stone mason at Trondheim Catehdral. There were trips outside Canterbury planned on Saturday afternoon and walking tours in Canterbury on the Sunday afternoon.  The BLF conference is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation for continuous professional development (CPD).

The Building Limes Forum is grateful to Roundtower Lime for its support of the conference and to the Vicat Group, CTP Consultanting Engineers  Between Time Ltd for support of dinners and receptions and to and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation for recognition of the lecture programme for ontinuous professional development (CPD).


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