Historic lime plasters & renders

Tuesday 27 - Wednesday 28 June 2017


The course

Study the theory and practice of traditional lime plasters. A two-day course, which covers the fundamentals of lime plastering from the simplest renders to the finest ornamental work.

Each day will consist of lectures illustrated by case studies, interspersed with practical demonstrations and hands on experience of the materials. There will be time for discussion throughout, when debate on this sometimes misunderstood subject will be encouraged.
Day one will be predominantly plasters and day two will focus on renders.

The tutors

Tim Ratcliffe (Architect) has worked on historic buildings in the Midlands and North Wales for the last 27 years, including 2 years working as a labourer for specialist building firms and plasterers. He was awarded a Lethaby travelling scholarship by the SPAB in 1987, has been a member of the SPAB Technical Panel for many years, and regularly gives lectures and consultancy advice on lime mortars, plasters and renders. He set up his own practice in 2000, having worked previously for Rodney Melville & Partners and Donald Insall Associates.

Jeff Orton is a Master Plasterer and Stuccoist who worked for Trumpers Ltd, specialists in plasterwork restoration for many years. Their clients include English Heritage, the Landmark Trust and Warwick Castle as well as many smaller private houses. Jeff is a past chairman of the Plasterer’s Craft Guild, which is committed to craft excellence through education and the development of craft skills.

Participant information

No special clothing or equipment is required.


£230 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees and lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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If any of our courses are full and you would like to be added to a waiting list please email [email protected] or call 01243811021, we are sometimes able to arrange further course dates.