An Introduction to Ornamental Lime Plastering

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Led by expert tutors, this two-day course presented by the SPAB, in association with the National Trust, provides a practical introduction to ornamental lime plastering techniques.

An Introduction to Ornamental Lime Plastering

20 - 21 May 2022
Heritage Skills Centre, Coleshill Home Farm (National Trust), Coleshill, near Swindon, SN6 7PT
£495 per person
£100 per person bursary place - the bursary application period is now closed

Bursary places are available through the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.


"Courses like this are vital to build up the skills and knowledge of the best ways to repair, maintain and care for historic buildings" - 2021 lime plastering course delegate


This course is ideal for people with plastering experience, and particularly working plasterers who are keen to expand their skill base. Working in a small group with experienced tutors, this two-day course will include a demonstration of making a running mould, and provide a practical introduction to running a cornice in-situ and forming external and internal mitres. There will also be instruction on casting and fixing enrichments as well as running fibrous plasterwork formed ‘on the bench’. 

The tutors, Sean Wheatley, Keith Langton and Michal Wolf, are knowledgeable lime plasterers with decades of onsite experience.

Spaces are limited - advance booking is recommended.


The SPAB is an IHBC recognised CPD provider and attendance certificates for CPD are available on request. 


This a is a two-day course. Refreshments and lunch are provided.  Accommodation is not included. 



Day 1, 20 May 2022
09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome + Health & Safety briefing
10:15  Introduction to tools and materials, and demonstration of making a running mould
11:15  Practical session
- group split into three:
Group A: Running a muffle coat/coring out 
Group B: Preparing to run a cornice 
Group C: Casting fibrous plaster 
12:15  Lunch
13:00  Practical session
 - group split into three:
Group A: Casting fibrous plaster
Group B: Running a muffle coat/coring out 
Group C: Preparing to run a cornice
14:00  Practical session - group split into three: 
Group A: Preparing to run a cornice
Group B: Casting fibrous plaster
Group C: Running a muffle coat/coring out
15:00  Finishing off and preparation for Day 2
15:15  Refreshment break
15:30  Conservation techniques
16:15  Fibrous plaster case study
17:15  Close


Day 2, 21 May 2022
09:00  Registration
09:15  Practical session 
- group split into three:
Group A: Casting enrichments 
Group B: Finishing coats: plain face cornice 
Group C: Finishing coats: enriched cornice
10:15  Practical session - group split into three: 
Group A: Finishing coats: enriched cornice
Group B: Casting enrichments
Group C: Finishing coats: plain face cornice
11:15  Refreshment break
11:45  Practical session - group split into three:
Group A: Finishing coats: plain face cornice
Group B: Finishing coats: enriched cornice
Group C: Casting enrichments
12:45  Lunch
13:45  Practical Session
: creating a mitred corner and fixing enrichments
15:30  Clear up
16:15  Close



Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): 
The course will take place in a workshop. Delegates should wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. PPE (hi viz, goggles, gloves) and all tools and materials will be provided. Delegates are welcome to bring their own goggles and gloves if they wish. 


A number of bursary places are available on this course at the reduced fee of £100 per person. Bursaries will be given to plasterers, or plastering students, seeking to develop their lime plastering skills. The SPAB is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity in the sector. We particularly welcome applications by people from backgrounds underrepresented in building conservation. 

Bursary places are made possible through the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. 

To apply for a bursary place on this course, please email us at to tell us:
- how long have you been a plasterer?
- what is your previous experience of plastering?
- what courses have you previously attended?  
- how do you think a place on the course would assist your career?
- about your need for the bursary.

Please attach a short CV which tells us a bit more about you – your background, interests, and any training and/or work to date. 

If you have any questions before you apply, or would prefer to apply in another format, please email us at marking your message “Ornamental Lime Plastering Bursary”. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 26 April 2022. Applicants will be contacted about the outcome of their application by 5 May 2022. Please do not book a place on the workshop online if you intend to apply for a bursary


Please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.



Sean Wheatley - traditional plasterer
Sean has worked as a plasterer for 40 years - initially with modern materials and for the last 30 years he has concentrated on traditional methods, materials and decorative plasterwork. Sean has also been involved in the preparation of reports, surveys and methodologies regarding the conservation and restoration of historic plasterwork in listed and historic buildings. Sean is a master craftsman of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. 

Keith Langton - decorative plasterwork specialist
Keith is a specialist in heritage and fibrous plasterwork. A master craftsman of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. 

Michal Wolf - plasterer and conservator in lime
Michal is the founder of All Things Lime, a small but dynamic company which helps owners of traditional buildings and national charities to look after their historic buildings. Michal believes in a positive and sensible approach towards caring for historic buildings, and is also interested in traditional methods of working and keeping the craft alive by researching and using different lime plasters (such as chalk lime and hot lime). 


Booking Terms & Conditions


20th May 2022 9:30 AM through 21st May 2022 4:15 PM
Heritage Skills Centre
Coleshill Home Farm
Coleshill, near Swindon, SN6 7PT
United Kingdom
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Event Fee(s)
Per Person £495.00