2019 Conference, Stirling

The 2019 Conference and Gathering will be held from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September at the Historic Environment Scotland Conservation Centre at The Engine Shed, Stirling, Scotland. The BLF is most grateful to HES for its support of this event.  A highlight will be a dinner in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle where the Baker Memorial Lecture will be presented by Tim Meek.  The conference themes are Lime Finishes and Lime in Extreme Climates with papers on these topics interspersed with contributions from members. Papers (speakers, topics and timings may change) include:

Friday 20 September:

  • David Mitchell, Historic Environment Scotland, welcoming address
  • Mark Thacker, University of Stirling: mortar archaeology & historic landscapes
  • Tom Addyman, Addyman Archaeology: historic historic lime harl, render & plaster in Scotland
  • Tim Meek: integration of mortars and the implications for robustness and longevity in an exposed environment
  • David Wiggins, Curtins: functional performance of lime harling
  • Steven Harper & Andrew Allan, Harper & Allan Masonry: lime harling case studies
  • Rory Young: building a boundary wall
  • William Napier, Adams Napier Partnership, Calum Graham, HES, Steven Blench, Chalk Plaster Design: traditional plaster research in Scotland

Saturday 21 September:

  • Roz Artis, Scottish Lime Centre: celebrating 25 years of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust
  • Roger Curtis, Historic Environment Scotland: lime in a changing climate
  • Andrew Bradley, stonemason: lime vs. severe wind-driven rain at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull
  • Kinlay Laidlaw, Laidlaw Associates: micro-grouting to resolve water ingress at Burns Monument, Alloway
  • Richard Fraser, Limerich: limewash
  • Chris Pennock, Nidaros Cathedral: lime projects in Norway
  • Stefan Cieslik, Government of Alberta: recipes for success: lime, logs and stone in the early Canadian West
  • Nicola Ashurst, Adriel Consultancy: lime mortars in the extremes of Sydney
  • Steve Waite: Waite International Conservation Architects: lime projects in Cuba & Hawaii

Sunday 22 September:

  • Roger Curtis, Historic Environment Scotland: projects update (mortars and external finishes)
  • Keith Blades, Consultant, Onatrio: the challenges of the ‘like for like’ approach: from hot limes to early Portland cements
  • Alison Henry, Historic England: lime mortar capping for ruined walls: 25-year review of trials at Corfe Castle
  • Declan Cahill, SPAB Scotland/Historic Environment Scotland: Lismore lime burning trials
  • Nigel Copsey, Earth, Stone & Lime Co: lime slaking and mortar proportions
  • William Skinner, Cliveden Conservation: hot-mixed lime projects

There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities at nearby Doune Castle, where it is proposed to build and fire a small-scale kiln using shell and fired with peat, and at the Scottish Lime Centre at Charlestown. There will be visits to see the stunning interiors of Kinneil House (wall- and ceiling-paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries), Bannockburn House (a 17th century mansion house with sumptuous plaster ceilings), and tours of Charlestown, the home of the largest complex of historic lime kilns in the UK. The gathering will end with guided tours of Stirling Town and Stirling Castle.

The cost of the 3-day event is £350 (£320 for BLF members who book before the end of July).  Attending for individual days or sessions is possible using the pick ‘n’ mix option. Booking is now open; click for the booking form.  For information about travel and accommodation, click here.

The Gathering is supported by Historic Environment Scotland with receptions and dinners sponsored by Laing Traditional Masonry Group Limited, VICAT, Heritage Masonry (Scotland) Ltd, Edinburgh Stonemasons ltd, Byzantian Developments Ltd, Sandy McLean & Co, David Narro Associates, and Collective Architecture.

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Enviornment Scotland is supporting bursaries for Scotland-based practitioners to help with the cost of attending.  Contact the BLF for more information.  The Building Limes Forum Ireland is supporting the cost of attendance of BLFI members.

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