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NATIONAL HERITAGE OPEN DAY 
12 SEPTEMBER 2010

As part of the national heritage open day events in England, there were a series of activities in the limeworks area. There were guided walks, a talk on lime ‘the miracle material’ and the demonstration kiln was fired up. CLICK on any photo below to see larger versions.

1 starting to load kiln

1 starting to load kiln

2 fire laid in grate of kiln

2 fire laid in grate of kiln

3 kindling in kiln

3 kindling in kiln

4 layers of coke and limestone on top of kindling

4 layers of coke and limestone on top of kindling

5 chimney sealed on

5 chimney sealed on

6 the fire is lit

6 the fire is lit

7 fanning the fire through outside fire door

7 fanning the fire through outside fire door

8 effect of fanning on fire in inside fire door

8 effect of fanning on fire in inside fire door

9 bricking up the fire door

9 bricking up the fire door

10 sealing the fire door

10 sealing the fire door

11 kiln underway

11 kiln underway

12 talk on lime the miracle material

12 talk on lime the miracle material

13 fire seen through inspection hole

13 fire seen through inspection hole

14 after three days the chimney is removed

14 after three days the chimney is removed

15 contents of kiln after burning

15 contents of kiln after burning

16 top of kiln resealed

16 top of kiln resealed

17 emptying the kiln through the fire door

17 emptying the kiln through the fire door

18 burned limestone ini middle - unburned on outside

18 burned limestone ini middle - unburned on outside

19 two pieces of burned limestone with water added - slaking

19 two pieces of burned limestone with water added - slaking

20 the burned lime - quicklime - reacts with water

20 the burned lime - quicklime - reacts with water

21 more reaction

21 more reaction

22 the second piece starts reacting

22 the second piece starts reacting

23 reaction over - slaked lime formed

23 reaction over - slaked lime formed

Section drawing of demonstration limekiln designed by Stafford Holmes

section diagram of demonstration kiln

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