Lime burning on Lismore

 23 –  27  May 2019 at Port Ramsay Lime Kilns

Each year the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) runs several working parties to gather volunteers, community members, historic building professionals and conservation specialists for a short period of work and learning, whilst putting our expertise and advice into practice on a historic building in need. We are delighted to announce that this year SPAB Scotland will be joining forces with Historic Environment Scotland and the Building Limes Forum to run the Scottish Working Party 2019 on the beautiful island of Lismore.

The annual event has become  popular attracting volunteers ranging from heritage and architectural professionals, to those with an informed amateur interest in buildings and history. For this short period they are united in their efforts to help a specific building. Volunteering at the Building Conservation Working Party is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the country’s leading craftspeople in a relaxed setting. Experts will be on hand at all times to guide volunteers through the work. On Lismore we will be….

  • Building a lime kiln – and burning limestone
  • Slaking and testing the lime
  • Mixing mortar and using it to repair the kiln
  • Historic Building maintenance day & evening lecture
  • Investigating archaeology and recording of historic sites

If you would like to get involved in any way, be that joining in the activities, stopping by for a chat as you walk the dog, coming to our evening lecture or helping with the practicalities of island life, please save the date and get in touch. We would love to hear from you!

Lucy Stewart Scotland Officer SPAB Scotland