Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Rodney's book

Hi all,

On eBay there are two copies of Rodney's book 'Lincolnshire building in the Mud and Stud tradition' that are currently for sale. It is a great book to read and to own considering there are only a few copies that were printed. The links are below:



They are priced at around £13.00.

Hope to see you all this Saturday for our meeting at hill holt wood,


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Next EMESS Meeting - Hill Holt Wood and other Updates!

The next EMESS meeting will be held at:

Hill Holt Wood, 
on the A46 between Lincoln and Newark 

On: Saturday 22nd October 2016

At: 11am

Rowland Keable from EBUKI will be giving a practical demonstration on building with earth and a talk on the Rammed Earth building he was involved in constructing at Hill Holt Wood followed by our main meeting. [see below]

Tea and Coffee are available. Please bring a packed lunch.


New Build Mud and Stud

Work will be starting on 12th October and continuing for 3 weeks at the University of Lincoln Campus on the experimental shed for the new mud and stud project at Skegness.

The 'shed' will be constructed by the Students [and anyone willing to come along to play], of a number of panels using different mixes and techniques so they can be appraised over the coming months to hopefully find the best materials to use in the new build.

If you would like more information, to visit the site for a look or even hands on experience please contact Trevor.


EMESS Meeting Day Outline [Hill Holt Wood]
1. – From about 11:00 – 11:30 am Following a quick introduction, A Practical Presentation.  Which takes about an hour.
Rowland to demonstrate using training tables and interactive tools developed by CRAterre in France (the International Centre for Earth Construction), involving the science and technology of earth building with introduction to the basics of clay, sand, fibre and water and how they can be combined and used as practical and suitable earth building material.  This will be a practical demonstration and members of the audience are sometimes invited to take part with some elements of this.  Rowland will drive up and bring several boxes with kit and materials which he lays out on tables length ways.  He therefore has a requirement for space with about 3-4 fairly long tables tables joined together.  And then some seating for people to watch.  He may need a little bit of water, to mix with materials in jars.  He ends up with sample ‘earth material’ cones where he places weights on them and finally he may hopefully get someone to stand on one.

A couple of example presentations done earlier, as below:-


2. – About 12:30 pm Lunch.
I will ask Trevor to put in an e-mail to everyone to bring a packed lunch.  This is what normally happens.  They can also bring flasks of hot drinks if you would prefer us to do so.

3. – About 1:15 pm A Talk on the Rammed Earth Building at Hill Holt Wood.
The presentation before leads into how earth can be used as a practical building material, and Rowland can then follow this with a talk about a typical example building – thus the Rammed Earth Building at Hill Holt Wood and how it was built, with questions and answers afterwards.
4. – About 2:45pm An EMESS/EBUKI meeting.
EMESS often like to have a quick catch-up while members are present.  This will probably include a discussion about the EBUKI annual conference and workshops which we would like to host for 2017 in Lincolnshire, specifically because the local vernacular construction and architecture is ‘Mud & Stud’, which EMESS is really about as a group, supporting and raising it’s awareness.

5.  - Hopefully we should be finished about 4:00pm.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Our Next Meeting: Heritage Open Days

The time has come again for the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days, and this year its focus is on 'Natural' Lincolnshire.

We will be hosting an event from the Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th September 2016 from 10am - 4pm:

Location: The Barn, Tumby Moorside, Coningsby, PE22 7ST

Earth as a Natural Building Material
Learn from the past whilst bringing our buildings heritage into the future. Experience new and old ways of building with natural materials. Explore, learn how and get 'hands on' at a ancient mud-and-stud barn,

Come along and get stuck in some mud!*

-----Everyone is welcome, this is a FREE Event-----

*Wellies and scruffy clothes are advised.

To all EMESS members: If you could help out on one of our open days, even if it is for an hour, then please email or contact Trevor.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

EMESS at Newark Show Update (May 2016)

EMESS put on a display of mud and stud at the Newark Show in May on both of the weekend show days.

A lot of interest was sparked in the displays as well as our Mud and Stud Archives. We had four displays as well as our mud and stud demonstration frame, a lime plastering frame, mud samples, and some traditional building tools. Some interested individuals asked for advice on traditional earth buildings as well as new earth builds. We attracted some new members who got stuck in at our Tumby Workshop in June.

At the Show we had our demonstrations of putting mud on the stud-work, only a few children helped us with mixing the mud and others helped to put the mud on the frame itself.

Photograph taken by  Tony      -    "The Future Earth Builders"

EMESS Repair Day Update (June 2016)

Repairs to Tumby Moorside Barn

On 21st May, further repairs were carried out to the barn at Tumby Moorside by EMESS Members. In fact, two new members received personal training in some of the relevant repair techniques involved in mud and stud building. This barn is a listed Grade II building, and so, as long as the repairs are carried out on a like-for-like basis, the Society has the permission of the local Council to carry them out.

After an introduction to the building and a review of previous repairs, lime washing of the most recently repaired wall area was undertaken. The area was about halfway along the west facing wall. It was then time to mix a batch of mud, which was quite hard work in itself, but very satisfying one the straw had been absorbed into the mud. Part of the former internal wall on the east side was repaired by building up the mud around the new laths which had been fixed previously. Although this wall is now under cover, the rain spilling off the adjoining modern building had still damaged it.

Other work carried out included strimming and mowing the surrounding area to keep the building accessible, and continuing to dig out and extend the french drain along the west wall. This work will reduce the point from which rising damp can penetrate up the wall.

Overall, the event and repairs were a success, and our next Tumby workshop will be in Autumn.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tumby Workshop

The Tumby workshop will be held on the 21st May 2016

10am start

At Tumby nr. Coningsby

Everyone is welcome to come along!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Visit from the Vernacular Architecture Group

The VAG held their 2016 Spring Conference in Lincoln from 29th March to 1st April.
They had evening lectures, but most of their time was spent on touring the local area in the day time, and one one of these days, they visited a number of mud and stud buildings. Arrangements had been made for the delegates to see the cottages in Thimbleby Village and Mareham le Fen Village, and The Blue Bell Inn at Tattershall Thorpe. They also came to the barn at Tumby Moorside near Coningsby (built about 1750), which enables them to see the inside of the barn which is, effectively, an unfinished structure. With two separate groups of about 40 people, there were plenty of questions and also discussions about dates, building techniques, framing details, the distribution of mud and stud buildings, and "Why in Lincolnshire?". Also discussed were the repair techniques which EMESS is using when being allowed to repair this buildig. As the building is listed Grade II, all the repairs are carried out using matching materials on a like-for-like basis. The VAG organisers were very pleased with the efforts which EMESS had undertaken to make the building safe and presentable.

The Next EMESS meeting will be a hands-on repair day at Tumby Moorside on Satruday 21st May 2016.