An Introduction to Plain Lime Plastering

An Introduction to Plain Lime Plastering

A two-day course presented by the SPAB, in association with the National Trust.

The course was extremely practical, which was brilliant and exactly what we needed as working Plasterers - 2021 course delegate.

25/03/2022 - 26/03/2022
Course Type: 
Courses & Study Day


Introductory, Intermediate, General Interest, CPD
Conservation Skills Centre
Coleshill Home Farm,
SN6 7PT, Coleshill, near Swindon
United Kingdom

£495 per person

Bursaries are available via application process

Event details

An Introduction to Plain Lime Plastering

25 - 26 March 2022
Conservation Skills Centre, Coleshill Home Farm (National Trust), Coleshill, near Swindon, SN6 7PT

£495 per person
£100 per person bursary place 
- information on how to apply is below.
Bursary places are available through the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.   


"The course was extremely practical, which was brilliant and exactly what we needed as working Plasterers" - 2021 course delegate.

"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 course delegate


This practical course covers the mixing and application of lime plaster to lath, masonry and modern substrates, which includes pricking up and base coats, float coats and setting coats. It provides a brief introduction to running a cornice in-situ.

Ideally, course participants should have practical plastering skills, and experienced plasterers used to working in gypsum will particularly benefit from the course.

The tutors, Sean Wheatley 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.   

You may also be interested in this course also taking place at the Conservation Skills Centre, Coleshill:
An Introduction to Ornamental  Lime Plastering, 20 - 21 May 2022. 


To be confirmed  - coming soon.


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:
- why you’d like to attend the course;
- how you would benefit from attending;
- 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 “Plain Lime Plastering Bursary”. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 1 March 2022. Applicants will be contacted about the outcome of their application by 10 March 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. 

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). 


COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures: We ask all delegates to bring and wear their own mask during the workshop. Hand washing stations and hand sanitiser will be available. If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - a new, continuous cough; high temperature; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - or have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms of the virus, we ask that you inform us immediately and do not attend the workshop. Our measures are subject to change in accordance with Government guidelines. 


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Image credit: Durrant & Daughter (2021)


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