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Cancelled: A one-day symposium on the 'Lime Method'. Supported by Historic England.


It is with regret that we have come to the decision to cancel and issue refunds for the Wells Lime symposium.  At this time there is not enough information going forward on how we may be able to safely manage an event such as this, whilst still adhering to social distancing guidelines and keeping everyone safe.
This is not to say that the event is never going to happen.  We will work behind the scenes in order to be able to deliver this symposium with any luck some time in 2021.  In the meantime, we are also working hard to begin some of the discussions we hoped to have in April, via webinars and remote video link sessions.  This is an ideal opportunity to bring together experienced and not so experienced practitioners, to deliver their thoughts and drive the discussions, and maybe even bring new topics to the table for when the Wells Lime Symposium is able to take place.

Event description: 

It is 40 years since the ‘lime method’ of stone conservation – as developed by Robert and Eve Baker – started to be used for the conservation of the external statuary at Wells Cathedral. Since then it has been the basis for conservation programmes to many historic buildings both in the UK and abroad. This one-day symposium, sponsored by Historic England sets out to review the practical and aesthetic results achieved, assess developments in the methodology and identify how it might be improved or amended in the future.

The afternoon will include a chaired technical forum giving all participants the chance to contribute and put their questions and opinions to a panel made up of conservators and other professionals with considerable experience of the lime method.  There will also be an opportunity to view the sculptures of Wells Cathedral, led by some of the conservators who worked on the West Front.  Lunch will be provided.


David Odgers

Clifford Price