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Traditional Paint Forum – ‘As good as old’


The Traditional Paint Forum is pleased to announce that, after the Forum’s relaunch in February this year, its ever popular annual conference will be held on 6th November 2015.

The topic for the conference is ‘As Good as Old?’. We will be exploring how the move from traditional paints to synthetic equivalents has impacted on conservation and restoration of heritage sites; can the available range of synthetic resin paints achieve the same optical qualities as their more traditional counterparts, and can they stand the test of time?

Throughout the day, a range of speakers and workshops will examine the impact that the 2010 European Legislation to lower Volatile Organic Compounds in paint has had on heritage projects. The discourse will cover subjects from material application and case studies to planning and an overview of the new British Standard 7913. The latest update on the progress of the Paint Research Association’s APET (alternative paint for exterior timber) trials are an eagerly anticipated feature of the conference and promise interesting findings[1].

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to take a tour of the restored almshouses, which are only open to the public on a few dates in the year. The talks will focus not only on the history of the almshouses, but also the materials used in their restoration.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to see how synthetic resin paints and traditional materials are being put to use in conservation in afternoon workshops.

Who should attend?
Anyone working in the field of heritage asset conservation: Architects, engineers, surveyors, conservation officers, painters and decorators, conservators, builders, specifiers, owners and managers of historic properties, church wardens… If you have responsibility for the maintenance of historic buildings or structures, then this could be the most important conference of the year for you.

Conference fees
Members £100

Non Members £150

Students £60

Booking is now open! link

The Venue
The Traditional Paint Forum is proud to be working together with the Geffrye Museum again after our conference in 2009. The Geffrye Museum specialises in the history of the English domestic interior.The main body of the museum is housed in the Grade I-listed almshouses of the Ironmongers’ Company, built in 1714. The museum shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of eleven displayed period rooms from 1600 to the present day. The emphasis is on the furnishings, pictures, and ornaments of the urban middle classes of London. There will be time in the programme to explore the period rooms.