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Conservation engineering and an introduction to lime mortar

Event organised by ICE

24 January 2024
18:30 - 20:00 GMT
Creative Innovation Centre, CIC
The Memorial Hall
Paul Street
Taunton, TA1 3PF
United Kingdom

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The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Emborough stands on a ridge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. The 12th century Grade II listed building has undergone extensive grouting and rendering works as part of a conservation project.

At this talk, hosted by the ICE Taunton City Club, Mark Lidster, a conservation officer at Somerset Council, will address the challenges of the project and lessons learned. He will explain when and how repair materials can be trialled for use to inform a works specification and introduce the various types of lime mortar available. Mark will describe the nature of the material and its favourable engineering properties, including its advantages for masonry assets and its performance over time.  

Following his presentation, Mark will answer questions, drawing on his long experience working in conservation engineering. 

Doors open at 18:00, the event starts at 18:30.


Mark Lidster

Mark Lidster

Somerset Council

conservation officer

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Mark Lidster

Mark is an experienced conservation officer with specific expertise in the specification of materials and repairs to masonry structures.  Over the course of Mark’s career, he has worked in both the private and public sectors, formerly running his own successful conservation consultancy.

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