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.

The themes are Lime Finishes and Lime in Extreme Climates with papers on these topics interspersed with contributions from members. There will be 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.

A highlight will be a dinner in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle.  The Great Hall was built for James IV and completed in 1503.  The Hall was converted into barracks in the eighteenth century and housed soldiers until the late twentieth century.  The Great Hall has been recreated in a meticulous restoration involving much research, investigation of surviving original features, and testing of traditional methods, including re-liming.  The Great Hall now shines in its yellow cost, a colour known as ‘King’s Gold’. The Baker Memmorial Lecture will be presented by Tim Meek who worked on the project to restore the Great Hall of Stirling Castle.

There will also 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 Charlestown, the largest lime burning complex of historic lime kilns in the whole of the UK, recently consolidated by HES and made more accessible for visitors.

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, and Sandy McLean & Co.

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.

Next Conference

20-22 September 2019, The Engine Shed, Stirling. Supported by Historic Environment Scotland

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