Earth Buildings UK Conference
Friday 14th February 2014
15th Eartha A.G.M - 22nd November 2009
Pickerell Inn, Ixworth
Our AGM this year, held at the Pickerell in Ixworth, was a resounding success with over 40 people attending from far and wide. On arrival we had a round or two of drinks before commencing our Annual General Meeting.
This began with the chairman’s address, given by the current chairman Henry Sanders, which briefly outlined the previous year’s high points, including our attendance of the SPAB Building Conservation Fair, and our progress with the cittaslow survey. He went on to discuss the recent changes which have been made to our website and the future of EARTHA in the 21st century. The treasurers report was similarly interesting and certainly surprised a lot of people.
The election of committee members then followed, with Henry Sanders being re-elected as Chairman & Dirk Bouwens being re-elected as Treasurer.
We then proceeded with the evening two lectures:
Firstly Malvern Tipping gave us a fascinating overview of the Cittaslow project, its successes & its failures.
Then Colin Williams discussed some of the obstacles to be overcome for earth block to become once more a commonplace contemporary material. He examined examples of earth block production and construction in the USA, France and the UK and contrasted the different techniques which grew from the differing climatic conditions and soils of these regions. He outlined the environmental advantages of earth block compared to conventional construction as well as the cost penalties currently associated with earth construction.
19th September 2009
SPAB Building Conservation Fair
St Nicholas’s Chapel King’s Lynn
This is the first time that EARTHA have visited the SPAB Building Conservation Fair & although we did not give any practical demonstration, we exhibited a display stand with various photographs of what we did along with various clay-lump blocks compressive testing samples kindly lent by Colin Williams. In general the event was great fun and incredibly interesting for anyone interested in building conservation or traditional materials, with numerous crafts exhibited including lead casting, thatching, flint knapping and carpentry.