Tuesday, 19 May 2015

RECENT EMESS MEETING

EMESS held its  most recent meeting on Saturday the 4th April 2015 at the barn at Tumby Moorside, Lincolnshire. This is a Grade II listed building which the society is gradually repairing, by carrying out the work on a like for like basis. Those who attended were: Rodney Cousins, Trevor Oliver, Eleanor Harris, Tony Bonham and David Glew.

The work carried out this time including mixing and applying mud repairs to the original mud and stud walling, to maintain it's structural integrity. In addition the base of a length of the south wall was stabilised by laying salvaged bricks in mud mortar, to continue repairs which were started a few years ago. The French drain along the south wall was also repaired, by excavating and sieving gravel, and putting it back inside the line of bricks, to reduce the volume of rising damp within the walls. Finally, limewash was applied to previous mud repairs on the north and south walls, to help protect the walls in the future.

During a short business meeting, Eleanor Harris was welcomed as the new blog-master and all information on future meetings and news will be published by information from David Glew.
Rodney Cousins has expressed a concern at both the current and active members of the society, and the society's limited income. Any suggestions on these matters are welcome, email David Glew,

University of Lincoln Architecture Students are invited back if they want to carry out the repairs on the barn in October, anyone who is interested please email David Glew.

Finally, our internationalist group member,Trevor Oliver has reported on his experience researching and experiencing rammed earth in Austrailia, as well as Straw-bale constrcution plastered in mud. He has also recently returned from his annual visit to Romania, where he has been working on and repairing mud buildings.

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