The use of lime mortars with traditional brickwork and masonry

This seminar will provide insight into the use of lime mortars within traditional brickwork and masonry


November 20 2014 • 10.00am
to 12.30pm


Gursharan Kaur 0121 233 2321


MADE, Newhall Square, Newhall Street, Birmingham, Birmingham


Student Member £15 / CPD Club members £53 + VAT

£59 + VAT


Student Member £15 / CPD Club members £53 + VAT

£59 + VAT

Background and context

The context and historical perspective of the use of lime mortars and secondary contemporary sources. Summary of lime manufacture, commercial lime types, identification, natures, uses and site practices.

Assessment of the building - materials, methods and construction 
Identifying historic mortar joints, pointing in brick masonry, natures of materials and styles of craftsmanship. Identifying examples of causes of failures and factors that could affect the survival of traditional brick and masonry work

Sampling and selection of materials
Suggested lime mortar sampling methodology, selection of materials, gauging and mixing lime mortars, and use with brick and masonry.

Case studies and problems associated with working with contractors
Some case studies of the use of lime mortars in brickwork and masonry. Explanation of tools, equipment and glossary of terms used, some considerations associated with working with lime on site.

The seminar will be followed by a guided tour of newly refurbished Coffin Works from 1.30pm – 2.30pm.  The tour will be led by Simon Buteux, Director of Birmingham Conservation Trust and places are limited with a cost of an additional £5.

Speaker: Terrence Lee BA (Hons) MA, Terrence Lee Conservation
Terrence is a craftsman, tutor and lecturer specialising in the history, use and conservation of traditional brickwork.  Qualified as a City & Guilds Advanced Craft Bricklayer with experience in construction projects around the world as a Royal Engineer. Terrence went on to gain an honours degree in history and later a Master’s Degree in Historic Environment Conservation.  

Terrence delivers training and lecturing for a variety of heritage conservation organisations including Heritage Craft Alliance, Heritage Skills Hub and the Ironbridge Institute. He has lectured at the Brick Development Association and delivered the RIBA CPD lectures on the Conservation of Old Brickwork in 2013. 

Terrence’s training and lecturing is underpinned by his own practical work and by his work with architects and other conservation professionals on traditional brick buildings.


  • RIBA/CIAT Members - £59 + VAT
  • CPD Club members 10% discount £53 + VAT
  • Non RIBA member - £85 + VAT
  • RIBA Student Member - £15 + VAT

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