Gathering 2021

Building Limes Online Conference: Saturday 6 November

Our theme for this year is ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward: learning from the past to inform the future’

Join BLF members and lime enthusiasts from across the world for this exciting one-day event which features a mix of pre-recorded and live content which will be aired from Exeter Cathedral, famed for its Gothic architecture.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nick Durnan on the conservation of Exeter Cathedral west front,
  • Berenice Humphreys of Cliveden Conservation on Wells Cathedral west front,
  • Tobias Carleton-Pragnell of Black Pheasant Consultancy on earthen mortars,
  • Edd Walker on manufacturing standards and the test standards of modern limes, and
  • Arthur Needham of Vitruvius Conservation ltd on mortar trials at Lancing College Chapel.
  • James Simpson will present the Baker Memorial Lecture.

To retain the social aspect of previous events, the BLF is hosting regional events across the world to enable participants to join others to share lecture sessions, network and socialise, including off-line activities in the morning and evening. Book your ticket. To join a regional event, book a hub ticket AND a place at the hub of your choice; to join online, book an online ticket.

Introducing our hubs

Exeter (Principal Hub)
Morning tours of the Cathedral. A chance to see work-in-progress from the scaffolding. Workshop with demonstrations. Afternoon lectures streamed to a conference room. Evening meal at Exeter University (optional).

Regional Hubs
Morning tours (activities will differ according to hub). Afternoon lectures streamed to each hub. Evening meal (optional)

Bodmin, Cornwall, hosted by Cornish Lime,
Staplecross, East Sussex, hosted by Chalk Down Lime,
Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, hosted by Between Time,
Cliveden, Berkshire, hosted by Cliveden Conservation,
Lymm Hall, Cheshire hosted by Ecospheric,
York, hosted by Maria-Elena Calderón,
Todmorden, Yorkshire, hosted by the School of Natural Building,
Isle of Man, hosted by Manx National Heritage,
Kendal, Cumbria, hosted by Crosby Granger Architects,
Edinburgh, hosted by Simpson & Brown Architects,
Charlestown, Fife, hosted by the Scottish Lime Centre,
Elgin, Moray, hosted by Masonry & Lime.

How to book

Tickets available through Eventbrite. Book now

  • Online only £30 (£50 non-members)
  • Hub £50 (£70 non-members) includes tours & lunch
  • Hub £80 (£100 non-members) includes tours, lunch & evening meal

Please note: If you are booking a place at one of our hubs you will need two tickets (hub ticket and venue ticket)

Partners are welcome to join the morning and evening activities at regional hubs. Please contact the BLF to check availability and arrange payment.


Membership discount is open to members of the following organisations: IHBC, SPAB, ICON, Heritage Trust Network, Federation of Master Builders, Stone Federation, the Worshipful Company of Masons, any building apprentice and any student registered on course related to traditional skills, materials, design and/or heritage.

Student or apprentice bursaries are available, please contact us

Next Conference

Looking Back, Looking Forward: learning from the past to inform the future. The 2021 Conference will take place online in the autumn, with demonstrations being live-streamed from Exeter Cathedral. Book your ticket.

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