Lime slam 13 April – book here

The restoration of 18th century Poltimore House, Devon, is the backdrop for a Building Limes Forum ‘Lime Slam’ on Saturday 13 April.

The Building Limes Forum is running the event. The Lime Slam is an open invitation to find out about about the use of building lime through talks and practical demonstrations. Comtributions from those on the slam who have used limes are welcome. The event includes a tour of Poltimore House.

This is the first ‘Lime Slam’ in the South West of England. The day will include a presentation about Poltimore House by the Poltimore House Trust, who will be joined by Sue Whittle of Simpson & Brown Architects and Geoffrey Preston, one of the UK’s leading architectural plaster sculptors. They will be talking about the history of the house and its restoration, including the repair of the decorative plasterwork.

Phil Brown of Cornish Lime will talk about the supply of the company's lime mortars and plasters and the use of lime products for the conservation and repair of old buildings.

This will be followed by a demonstration and talk about slaking quick limes for mortar by Nigel Copsey, Earth Stone & Lime Company & Associates.

Go behind the covers to see the conservation work taking place on Poltimore House.

There will then be a tour of Poltimore House and a discussion hosted by Philip Scorer of Vitruvius Conservation and a committee member of the Building Limes Form.

Philip says: “We thank Poltimore House for hosting our very first South West Lime Slam. It's an excellent opportunity to bring together local practitioners, professionals and those interested in building conservation to have discussions, share information and make contacts.

"An important part of being involved in the heritage sector is understanding the roles of the professionals, the correct use and specification of materials, and an understanding of the craft skills required to preserve, conserve and restore historic buildings like Poltimore House.”

Stone specialists, builders, architectsm, engineers, conservation specialists, volunteers involved with historic buildings, students or members of the public are all welcome to join in the event.

To join the Lime Slam, 13 April (10am-4pm), at Poltimore House, Devon email: [email protected] (booking is required and there is a charge – Building Limes Forum members £20, non-members £25; a light lunch and refreshments are included).