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19th AGM of the BLFI
followed by an interesting talk from

Philip Gaches
Master Plasterer


Irish Architectural Archive45 Merrion Square E, Dublin 2

Thursday 23rd May 2024
AGM at 6.00 pm 

(in-person event)


After the AGM
at 6.45 pm

Philip A Gaches:  
The Importance of Hand Craft Skills

Philip A. Gaches - Master Plasterer Worshipful co London

Liveryman Gaches Traditional Plasterers were formed in 1948 by Gordon Daniel Gaches who was Philip's Father.
Philip has been in charge of the family plastering business since 1987. During this time Gaches have carried out plastering and plaster conservation projects in some of the UK, 's finest buildings including Royal Palaces, Country Houses and Government buildings including Parliament, Downing Street and Grimsthorpe Castle. Philip has been teaching and lecturing about traditional plasterwork and its conservation for over 30 years across the UK and further afield. He has travelled to Myanmar, Afghanistan, the United States and across Europe in France, and Italy and he has taught for English Heritage, Thigs Foundation, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and the Landmark Trust among many others. Philip has had several articles published on a range of topics regarding the conservation of traditional plasterwork. Philip has just published his first book on the topic of Early British Plasterwork and has just finished his second book on the subject of " Lime Plastering and the Decorative Arts".

Booking is necessary! Please book your place for the talk on the following link:







The BLFI Board is organising a site visit for the same day. 
Join us
at 4.00 pm
to visit the

Former House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, College Green

This is a free event planned for our valued BLFI Members. To book your place, please click on the following button:

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Lime Slam 2024was on the

21st of February 2024

9.30 am - 4.00 pm

at the

The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 

                           (63 Merrion Square S, Dublin 2, D02 X338)

We have a great lineup confirmed for this year’s event with presentations from Michal Kosciak on the Restoration of Rockville House, Ballsbridge, Dublin; Tom McGimsey on the Use of Hempcrete out West; and Eoin Madagan on the Mixing of Air Limes in Bulk!


The beauty of Lime Slam is in the variety of our speakers, ranging from building owners to specifiers and contractors.  We are an organisation that likes to share experiences, learn from others and 'talk lime'.

The Lime Slam is a great opportunity for members to catch up and network.


This is a members' only event but new members are most welcome to join the BLFI. 
Pay your membership fee:

Download our 2023 Newsletter here:

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BLFI Walking Tour: Armagh

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.


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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