Meetings are held at The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1. Nearest tube: Farringdon. Wine served from 6.00pm, lectures start 6.30pm. Non Members are welcome: please donate £5 on door. For queries please contact us.
Download the latest meetings card here: 2017-18 Meetings Card
We are asking for suggestions for the November discussion, ASCHB at 50: Influential Books. Please email us through our Contact Page with your nominations for the five most influential books for conservation over the last fifty years. Do include those that might now be regarded as mistaken, and add a brief paragraph, up to 50 words, on the effect the book has had.
The 2018 Forum, What key project or occurrence to a historic place really made a difference? will take place next May. We would like you to propose seminal conservation repair works on historic buildings, conservation disasters or key events that have befallen historic buildings and have led to a change in conservation practice. Send us your proposals through our Contact Page.
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Talk: Brooklands Museum
Clive England, Thomas Ford & Partners
Constructed in 1907, Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit and the birthplace of British motorsport and aircraft design and manufacture. The last motor race was held in 1939, but aircraft manufacture continued until 1986, producing such well know planes as the Wellington bomber, Hurricane fighter, VC10 and Concorde. Brooklands Museum occupies the most significant surviving part of this historic sporting and industrial site.
The recently completed HLF funded project encompassed the dismantling of a Grade II Listed WWII Bellman hangar and its restoration and reconstruction on a new site, the restoration of the Finishing Straight (in part a Scheduled Monument), and the construction of a new building, known as the Flight Shed, which provides a range of museum facilities. This talk will cover some of the background history of the site and will describe some of the practical and technical challenges of this unique project.
Clive England is a Partner with Thomas Ford & Partners, a practice specialising in historic buildings and sites. His previous work includes projects at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey; Fulham Palace; Forty Hall, Enfield; Hall Place, Bexley; Chicksands Priory; Hylands House, Chelmsford; Birmingham Cathedral and Sheffield Cathedral. He is Surveyor of the Fabric for Ely Cathedral and Cathedral Architect for Sheffield Cathedral.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
Talk: The dynamics of masonry arches
Bill Harvey and Hamish Harvey, Bill Harvey Associates
They will talk about behaviour in general, show how their measurements of live load response help understanding and how 3D modelling from photographs is about to make a massive impact on conservation of all kinds.
Bill spent 23 years researching behaviour as an academic and now has 17 years of fieldwork on real bridges as a consultant. Hamish joined the company 7 years ago. Their customised analytical tools have reduced temporary works costs and shortened programmes for railway and station works, and avoided damage to the original vaults in the National Museum of Scotland.
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Tuesday 17 October 2017
Talk: Brompton Cemetery
Richard and Margaret Davis, MDRA and Robert Stephenson, The Friends of Brompton Cemetery
Friday 10th November 2017
Winter Visit: Brompton Cemetery
Tuesday 21 November 2017
♦ ASCHB at 50: Influential Books
ASCHB will be asking for nominations for the most influential books for conservation over the last 50 years, and debate over the top 5.
Details of the Nominated Books are on our Book Review page here
Tuesday 9 January 2018
Clive England, Thomas Ford & Partners
Tuesday 13 February 2018
Talk: Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Protection of Elizabethan Playhouses in London
Jane Sidell, Historic England
Tuesday 13 March 2018
Talk: The Royal Hospital, Chelsea
Peregrine Bryant Architecture and Building Conservation
Friday 16 March 2018
Annual General Meeting (9.00am) followed by
♦ Conference: 50 Years of Conservation Education
Details of the venue and the speakers will be posted on our website, and sent out with our AGM mailing
Tuesday 10 April 2018
♦ Talk: How Building Conservation has changed over 50 years
Graham King, Westminster City Council
Friday 11th May 2018
Spring Visit: The Masonic Temple, London
Tuesday 15 May 2018
♦ 2018 Forum: What key project or occurrence to a historic place really made a difference? (Chair: Ian Bristow)
Start time 6:00pm; details of speakers and panel will be posted nearer the date, and sent out via email
Saturday 2 June 2018
♦ Spring visit and picnic: Cambridge
Dennis Parr House, Antarctic Survey, Kettles Yard
Booking details will be put on the website nearer the date
Tuesday 12 June 2018
Talk: Conserving the scagliola at the Reform Club
Cristina Beretta, Cristina Beretta Conservation