Isle of Man 2020

Traditional Buildings Weekend
30 April, 1st and 2nd May
Douglas, Isle of Man

Following the Earth and Lime seminar in York in June 2019 and recent encouragement from the Conservation Forum IOM for more support for traditional buildings, a three-day CPD event has been arranged for Douglas on the Isle of Man.  The proposed programme is:

Thursday 30 April: afternoon/evening lecture programme to examine the challenges facing traditional buildings and the options available to adapt them for a harsher climate.  Speakers include Craig Frew on Climate Change, Roz Artis, on the recently published Technical Paper on Lime Finishes, Feile Butler, Architect working in Ireland, on traditional buildings, Zoe Sawbridge on upgrading traditional buildings, Chris Callow on the history and abandonment of tholtans (abandoned farm-steads), Alex Gibbons on earth building and traditional structures in France and Europe.

Friday 1 May: Alex Gibbons to speak to and then work with group using clay mortars based at Close Leece farm. A parallel event at Ballagraingey Farm will include using hemp/ lime renders to improve thermal performance of stone structures with Feile Butler or Zoe Sawbridge.  We can also provide an update on the use of hot mixed mortars in specifications.

Saturday 2 May: a walk around Sulby Area looking at abandoned buildings in the landscape and consider possible conservation.  The day to conclude with a tram ride back from Snaefell to Douglas via Laxey Wheel to catch the ferry home. There is a Viking festival on Peel beach in the afternoon.

There is nothing planned for the Sunday but those who wish to stay would be entertained.

Participants will need to organise their own accommodation and dinners.  Douglas is a holiday resort and offers accommodation to suit all budgets and we are encouraging people attending the weekend to book in the Peel area, where we can assist with finding accommodation.

The cost of the event will be £180 for BLF and IHBC members and £200 for non-members.  Click for the booking form.  Rates for attending individual days are also available (see the booking form for details).  Bursaries will be available for those in the early years of their conservation/lime career, those who are self-employed, and those on a low income.  To apply, contact the Forum, giving details of how you meet the criteria.

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Following the Earth and Lime seminar in York in June 2019 and recent encouragement from the Conservation Forum IOM for more support for traditional buildings, a three-day CPD event has been arranged for Douglas on the Isle of Man.

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