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.