Symposium to give latest insight into traditional mortars

The Building Limes Forum ‘Traditional Mortars Symposium’ supported by Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland, is taking place in St Anthony’s Hall, York on 10 and 11 June and York Minster Stoneyard on 12 June 2019.

The Traditional Mortars Symposium aims to bring together current thinking and knowledge about traditional mortars, presenting recent research outcomes, revised heritage agency guidance and case studies from around the UK, Ireland, Spain and Canada. Speakers will draw upon long and more recent experience using traditional mortars for the repair and conservation of historic fabric, sharing their insights and knowledge in theory and in practice.

The Symposium is intended to allow the informed specification, mixing and confident use of earth-lime and hot mixed lime mortars, as well as demonstrating their historic prevalence, usefulness and enhanced performance characteristics. It is aimed at builders, conservation professionals and practitioners, and has been recognised by the Institute of Historic Buildings for CPD.

Nigel Copsey from the Building Limes Forum, who is a stonemason and building conservator has been instrumental in organising the event:

“Over the last 5 years, there has been a growing awareness of the historic ubiquity of earth-lime and hot mixed lime mortars and a renewed emphasis upon like-for-like repair of traditional buildings, as well as important research into the character, performance and historic precedence of Natural Hydraulic Lime Mortars.

This event is supported by Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland with assistance from Cadw (Welsh Government’s historic environment service), EBUKI (Earth Building UK and Ireland), York Conservation Trust, York Minster and the University of York.


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