2015 Annual Conference

On behalf of the committee we would like to thank all the speakers, our host venue and of course the members and attendees for making the 2015 traditional Paint Forum Conference “As Good As Old?” such a success. We are very pleased that it was a sold out event with a lot of new faces as well as the familiar ones that have been so important in supporting our work over the years. We are looking forward to read your evaluation forms ,please do send them in if you haven’t handed them in at the conference, you can also download a feedback form and email it to us.

As ever we are very keen for your views on good topics and venues for future events, so don’t hesitate to contact us and tell us your thoughts. Below you’ll find the information of the 2015 conference for reference purposes, or if you were unable to attend. We will update this page with information on next years event in due course.


Details of the 2015 conference




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.

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.


Conference programme

Conference Abstracts

Conference venue & travel information