Gathering 2021

Building Limes Hybrid Conference: Saturday 6 November

BLF members and lime enthusiasts from across the world came together online and in person for this exciting one-day event, aired from Exeter Cathedral, on the theme of Looking Back, Looking Forward: learning from the past to inform the future

The speakers were:

  • Nick Durnan on the conservation of Exeter Cathedral west front,
  • Berenice Humphreys of Cliveden Conservation on Wells Cathedral west front,
  • Edd Walker of Cornish Lime on manufacturing standards and the test standards of modern limes, and
  • Arthur Needham of Vitruvius Conservation ltd on mortar trials at Lancing College Chapel
  • Dr Jo Cox of Devon Buildings Group on materials performance at Devon Churches,
  • Tobias Carleton-Pragnell of Black Pheasant Consultancy on earth lime construction and technology.  Finally,
  • James Simpson will present the Baker Memorial Lecture.

BLF members hosted regional events to enable participants to join others to share lecture sessions, network and socialise, including off-line activities in the morning and evening.

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)

Hertford/Ware, Hertfordshire, hosted by Between Time,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, hosted by Cliveden Conservation,
Lymm Hall, Cheshire hosted by Ecospheric,
York, hosted by York Minster,
Peel, Isle of Man hosted by Manx National Heritage,
Kendal, Cumbria, hosted by Crosby Granger Architects,
Edinburgh, hosted by Simpson & Brown Architects,
Elgin, Moray, hosted by Masonry & Lime.

Tickets were available through Eventbrite.

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


Membership discount was 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 were available for those in training.

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The 2022 Conference and Gathering is being held in Queen’s University, Belfast, 2- 4 September 2022, and is organised by the Building Limes Forum Ireland.

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