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:
Saturday 21 September:
Sunday 22 September:
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 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.
20-22 September 2019, The Engine Shed, Stirling. Supported by Historic Environment Scotland
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.