TOPIC: The Fascination of Building Materials: Looking at old Cape houses 
SPEAKER: Dr Mathilda Burden
DATE: Tuesday, 16th April 2013
TIME: 20h00
VENUE: The Athenaeum
Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Rds.

Mathilda Burden, an acclaimed expert on South African culture and history, will offer a presentation with text and visual material on a few building materials used in old Cape architecture.

The talk focuses on lime and lime burning, with short references to the first bricks made at the Cape and the use of reed.
Other building materials are mentioned to supply context, but have not been researched thoroughly.
The work done by James Walton on this subject is invaluable, especially for discussions on the lime kilns.
In addition, several primary sources in the form of documentary evidence have been consulted and interviews have been conducted.

The process of lime burning from shells is explained and compared to lime burnt from limestone.
The approach to the subject is from a cultural historical point of view, and not an archaeological one.