Sources of Information
The Building Limes Forum is a forum for the exchange of experience, information and opinion amongst its members; the Forum is not an accrediting body nor a trade organisation. There are no qualifications required for membership of the Forum; membership is open to all. This means we cannot guarantee or recommend any members as practitioners, professionals or craftsmen, nor can the Forum give case-specific advice to non-members. The following links, however, should help you find information about lime. Inclusion of a link does not imply endorsement. The Building Limes Forum does not accept any responsibility for the content for any linked websites, which do not necessarily represent its views. Please let us know of any broken links to any linked websites..
For advice on conservation or restoration work, try the contacts listed on the Historic England website, the conservation advice pages of the Historic Environment Scotland website, Cadw in Wales or the Northern Ireland Historic Environment Division. You could also contact your local Conservation Officer: try the Planning and Development Department of your local authority.
The Scottish Lime Centre Trust provides free, general telephone and email advice on the use of lime and related building conservation issues. Or speak to the Technical Officer of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (020 7456 0916).
Historic England publishes an extensive range of expert advice and guidance. Historic Environment Scotland produces a series of free-to-download technical publications including INFORM leaflets with guides to Lime & Cement, Hot-Mix Lime Mortars, Restoration Mortars for Masonry Repairs, Repairing Brick, Damp, Repointing Rubble, Repointing Ashlar and many other titles covering building materials and structural issues. Cadw has leaflets on Lime, Limewash, Lime Mortar, Lime Render and Historic Masonry.
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation is the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland. The IHBC also has a list of businesses that work in conservation.
Conservation accredited architects are listed on the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation. A list of conservation accredited architects can be downloaded from the website of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.
The Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers (CARE) identifies civil and structural engineers skilled in the conservation of historic structures and sites.
The RICS Building Conservation Accreditation Scheme has a register of individuals with experience and knowledge in the field of conservation of historic buildings or sites.
The Institute of Conservation (ICON) manages a Conservation Register which lists professionally qualified conservators and restorers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Try also the categories for (self-selected) architects, engineers, surveyors, heritage consultants and providers of analysis and other services at www.buildingconservation.com
Members of the Building Limes Forum have access to its membership list of over 400 lime enthusiasts and practitioners, many of whom are builders, masons, plasterers, etc. Note, however, that membership does not imply accreditation.
If you want to do-it-yourself, look at the list of providers of courses on this website offering training, both basic and advanced, in the use of lime in building. This website also has a list of suppliers of lime products.
The National Heritage Training Group website has an on-line searchable list of courses and training providers. Course providers (self-selected) are also listed on www.buildingconservation.com.
For written information about lime, look at the list of publications about lime on this site which can be ordered on-line, many of which are not expensive, non-technical and may be of interest. Look also at Further Reading on this website.
Conferences and similar events provide opportunities to meet like-minded people. Try the listing at www.buildingconservation.com.
Finally, you could join the Building Limes Forum and have access to its membership list of over 350 lime enthusiasts and practitioners, most of whom are producers, suppliers, specifiers or users of lime.