Vernacular Walls: Mud, stone & lime

Vernacular Walls: Mud, stone & lime

15/09/2021 - 15/09/2021


General Interest, CPD
Virtual event: held online
United Kingdom

£5/€6pp - SPAB Members

£6/€7pp - Non-members

Event details

Presented by SPAB Ireland
The fifth lecture in the 10-part on-line series, 'Conserving Irish Vernacular Houses'
The series is part of the SPAB Ireland Vernacular Irish Buildings Campaign 2021 and is generously supported by the Heritage Council under the Heritage Sector Support Fund 2021

Lecture 5: Vernacular Walls: Mud, stone & lime

Wednesday 15 Septmeber 2021, 19.00 -  20.30 
Live Online Lecture

£5/€6 pp - SPAB members
£6/€7 pp - Non-members 

Multiple booking discount applies when you book all remaining lectures in the series at once
£4.30/€5 - Members
£5/€6 - Non-members

Lecture description:

This talk will cover an overview of what mud-walled buildings are, how to identify them and some conservation case studies by Alex Gibbons, along with a discussion of traditional lime mortar, its use in vernacular masonry buildings and how to carry out conservative repair of buildings using lime mortar by Eoin Madigan.


About the speakers:

Eoin Madigan & Alex Gibbons

Eoin Madigan

Eoin is a sixth-generation stonemason and lime practitioner from the Burren region of Co. Clare, Ireland. He is passionate about the conservative repair of vernacular structures and specialises in the use of historic lime mortars. In 2005 he completed a nine-month dry stone walling and stone cutting course run by master craftsman Tom Little in Tralee Co. Kerry. From there he became an active member of The Buildings Limes Forum Ireland and again, under the tuition of master craftsman Pat McAfee, he gained his knowledge and love for historic mortars. In 2005 he won a placement with The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). The SPAB was set up in 1877 by William Morris to combat the needless architectural restoration being carried out by the Victorians. SPAB believes in conservation over restoration. Along with 2 other craftsmen and 3 conservation professionals, they criss-crossed the UK and Ireland visiting and working alongside master craftspeople and professionals. He is now a committee member and trainer for The Building Lime Forum Ireland and a founding member of SPAB Ireland where again he is a trainer in masonry and lime mortars.


Alex Gibbons

Alex Gibbons is a Fellow of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). His company Stick in the Mud Conservation is a specialist building conservation firm, based on the Solway which undertakes conservation of historic buildings throughout Cumbria, Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders, with a passion for the repair of vernacular buildings, including cottages, farmhouses and pele towers, with particular expertise in clay dabbin building repair, lime work, and thatching. Alex originally trained as a Surveyor, and has a wealth of experience working on traditional buildings throughout the UK, France, Canada & The USA.  He regularly gives talks for The SPAB, and  several universities as a visiting lecturer.


About SPAB Ireland:

SPAB Ireland was established in 2017 as the inaugural Irish branch of the SPAB. Following the return of several recent Irish SPAB Fellows and Scholars to live and work in Ireland, the lack of an SPAB presence has been acutely felt. After a successful open meeting in February 2017, we have established a committee and have started planning how we will bring the SPAB philosophy and ethos to Ireland.


The lecture will be recorded and available to watch on demand for a limited time after the live presentation. Bookings must be made in advance to receive this recording link.


IT requirements: Please note that this is an online lecture and will be held via a webinar platform (Zoom). You will be sent instructions on how to join the session the day before the lecture. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio. 


Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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