2023 Gathering & AGM

Simplicity, Quality, and Modernity: A Legacy of Lime
1st – 3rd September 2023

University of Lincoln, Minerva Building
Brayford Pool, Brayford Wharf N, Brayford, Lincoln, England LN6 7TS




David Wiggins, CARE Engineer and Director at Clach Conservation: Working with carbonate binders in damp environments

Maria Stefanidou, Professor, Head of Laboratory for Building Materials at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Comparative studies of lime putty, dry hydrates and hot mixed lime mortars; and, PerLiMat Project: insulated lime plasters

Mike Haynes, Director at Mineral Products Association: Lime: Lime production: the road to net zero

Nigel Copsey, Stonemason, Conservator and Researcher at Hot Mixed Mortars: Lime and hair plaster and pointing mortars

Philip Gaches, Master Plaster, Author and Director at Gaches: The beautiful simplicity of lime.

Richard Jordon, Roofer, Teacher and Assessor: Lime mortar in traditional roofing

MEMBER SPEAKER SLOTS ON SUNDAY. Member’s sessions can be shorter and less formal but are an equally valuable way to share knowledge and experience, so if you would like to speak on a particular topic or a piece of work you have undertaken, please email:  maria@buildinglimesforum.org.uk.


Tour of Singleton Birch lime quarry and manufacturing site

Lincoln Cathedral tour by their in-house conservation team

Lincoln Medieval Bishops’ Palace recent works tour by the contractor Messenger and Buttress Architects. A short video about the work is available here

Practical demonstrations at Lincoln Castle by Rebecca Gilling and Nigel Copsey


Friday 1st September at Cathedral Ballroom and viewing gallery at Doubletree by Hilton Lincoln

  • Special screening of No Ordinary Passion – the life of Rory Young, sculptor, conservator and founding member of the BLF
  • Sponsors drinks reception and canapes
  • Evening meal

Saturday 2nd September at Cathedral Ballroom and viewing gallery at Doubletree by Hilton Lincoln

  • Sponsors drinks reception
  • Baker Memorial lecture – Philip Gaches
  • Evening meal
  • Bursary auction



We are very grateful for the sponsorship and support of the following:

  • St Astier
  • Clach Conservation Engineering
  • Singleton Birch Ltd
  • Historic England
  • Rose of Jericho
  • Steve Waite Conservation Architects
  • Messenger Construction LTD
  • Earth Stone and Lime Company
  • Gaches Traditional Plasterers
  • Rebecca Gilling Sculpture and Design
  • Dean and Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral
  • Simpson and Brown
  • English Heritage Trust
  • Buttress Architects Ltd



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