2021 Gathering

The BLF Conference and Gathering, originally scheduled for Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September 2020 at Exeter, did not take place as planned to the coronavirus pandemic. We cannot sensibly plan for a mass gathering in 2021, but we can get together virtually to watch presentations and participate in discussions.

So, the 2021 conference will take place online in October, spread out over several days.  The conference will consist of the usual mix of presentations, Q&A sessions, demonstrations and site visits.  These will be pre-recorded or live-streamed and recorded. After the event it is hoped that a selection of presentations and demonstratins will be made available online.

The theme for the 2021 Conference and Gathering is Looking Back, Looking Forward: learning from the past to inform the future.  There will be hands-on activities at Exeter Cathedral, where the west front, second only to Wells for its parade of medieval sculpture, was worked on by Eve and Robert Baker in the 1970s.  Visits are being planned to the Wellington monument restoration project, Salcombe and Beer limestone quarries, where much of the stone was sourced for Exeter Cathedral and other notable local buildings.

If restrictions allow, we can also gather in smaller groups at regional venues to watch and socialise.

The dates of the conference will be published as soon as sessions have been arranged.  Booking will open later in the year.  Watch this space!

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: learning from the past to inform the future. The Exeter Gathering, originally scheduled for 4-6 September 2020 has been postponed to 27-29 August 2021.

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