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Lecture: Breathability of Lime Mortars Examined (After AGM)

7.15pm Thursday 3rd May 2018 followed by a wine reception

The Irish Architectural Archive, No.45 Merrion Square East, Dublin 2

All welcome   Admission free to BLFI members

Non-members  €10 donation to BLFI welcome or join the BLFI on the night

Guest speaker:-  

David Wiggins  BSc(Hons) PhD IEng MICE

Project Engineer, Conservation & Heritage. Curtins' Conservation & Heritage

David Wiggins is a structural engineer with a real interest in old masonry.

Following a doctoral research in technical conservation of heritage masonry his work now centres around the care & repair of architectural & civil engineering heritage structures.

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Engineers Ireland Event: Mortars for our Historic Structures

Fee: Engineers Ireland Members €90 Non-members €120

Date and Venue: 9.30am – 13.00pm. Friday, 4th May 2018, Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 CPD Credit: 3 hours

Seminar Overview

The mortars in our historic structures are often over looked or not considered closely enough. Yet this material is at the core of most masonry walls and provides its protection from the weather. There has been significant progression in the specification of lime mortars in the last few years and closer replication of our historic mortars is now achievable with indigenous limes. This seminar proposes to discuss the full palette of materials available to us in our choice of mortars, from repairing national monuments to underpinning historic bridges, to advising on re-pointing friable brickwork.

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2018 Calendar of Events

February 6th  - Lime Slam Helen Roe Theatre, RSAI, 63. Merrion Sq., Dublin

February 9th Wet Dash / Harling Lime Render Workshop, Donnybrook House, Cork

February 21st BLFI—OPW Mortar mixes for our Built Heritage, OPW Depot Athenry - Fully Booked!

April BLFI / SPAB Ireland Soft-cap & Re-pointing Workshop- details to be confirmed

May 3rd BLFI AGM with Guest Speaker: David Wiggins, Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Sq.

May 4rd  BLFI Hot Mix Seminar & Workshop - details to be confirmed

May / June Walking Tour Spike Island, Cobh, Co. Cork

August 18th - 26th National Heritage Week, highlight of Ireland’s European Year of Cultural Heritage

September (early) BLF Annual Conference & Gathering, Canterbury Cathedral, England

September (mid) Feile na gCloch nis Oírr (Date to be confirmed)

September 24th - 29th Earth Building UK & Ireland Clayfest , Irish National Heritage Park, Co. Wexford



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