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Download our 2023 Newsletter here:

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BLFI Walking Tour: Armagh

The plan of the walking tour:
Meeting Point - 11:00 am
Armagh Observatory (old building)
Carpark at the planetarium which is in
the grounds and the old building,
a short walk up the hill. 

Main stops on the tour: 
- Guided Tour of the historic Observatory building
- Guided Tour of the Robinson Library and No 5 Vicars Hill, by the Assistant Keeper
- Archbishops Palace and the Friary - external tour including curvilinear greenhouse, Icehouse and formal gardens. Note: The possibility of internal access is to be confirmed close to the day.

Other attractions such as the Cathedrals can be fitted in if time allows. Still, Armagh, the Ecclesiastical Capital of Ireland is a small picturesque town, full of interesting buildings easily reached on foot and strolling the main street and the Mall is worth the visit.
Fee: euro €25 / stg £20
To cover entry fees and guided tours.

Would you like to participate?
Drop a quick email to

The 18th BLFI AGM

was on the

18th of May 2023 from 6 pm

at the

Irish Architectural Archives

(45 Merrion Square E, Dublin 2, D02 VY60)


After the AGM and wine reception at 6:30 pm, our guest speaker was

Peter Robinson RIAI, 

Irish Tuck Pointing (and other repairs) to the
Royal Belfast Academical Institution




"Good quality architectural restoration relies on good quality contractors and materials.  The restoration of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution from 2012-2016 drew upon knowledge and skill from across UK and Ireland.  Presented by the Architect overseeing the works, this talk reveals the story behind the restoration of Sir John Soane’s only completed building in Ireland.”

Peter is a director of Alastair Coey Architects and has been responsible for projects including the £2M restoration of Grade A listed Royal Belfast Academical Institution and the £3M restoration of Grade II* listed St George’s Hall, Bradford. Peter has completed the RSUA Conservation Diploma and was admitted to the RIBA Conservation Register in 2012.

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The 2022 BLF Conference & Gathering took place in Belfast at the beginning of September. 

Queens University Belfast was our venue for the conference.
The Great Hall designed by Charles Lanyon was the location of the Baker Memorial Lecture on the first night, September 2nd.

At this annual event, a variety of speakers including practitioners, specifiers, academics and historians presented papers on the use of building limes. There were site visits and tours organised during the 3 days.

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