National Heritage Ironwork Group Events

The NHIG have published details of 2024 events for ironworkers and heritage practitioners.

25 April 2024 – Writing Specifiactions for Heritage Ironwork

20-21 June 2024 – Conservation of Architectural Ironwork

Find details HERE 

istructe History Study Group lectures

The Institution of Structural Engineers History Study Group starts its Autumn Lecture series on line and at The Gallery Cowcross Street on 12th Spetember 2023. The first Lecture is given by David Yeomans on What is engineering history? And what is it for?

Booking and further details can be found HERE

26 September    Margaret Cooke on Engineering history, conservation and net zero

10 October          Christine Wall Listening to workers: oral histories of post-war construction

24 October          Fiona Smyth on That little old echo: acoustics and designing for musical tone

7 November       Mike Chrimes on Building the canal age

21 November     Hamish Harvey on The development of a structural understanding of masonry

5 December       Steven Brindle on Craftsmen and the building revolution of the seventeenth century

2023 NHIG Award for Heritage Metalwork is now open

The NHIG Award for Heritage Metalwork Conservation seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence in ironwork conservation as an inspiration to all.

Submitted work must have been carried out in the last 5 years in accordance with current conservation philosophy.

  • Appropriateness of materials and techniques used
  • Extent to which loss of original fabric was minimised
  • Quality of craftsmanship

NHIG want to celebrate excellence in the field and are excited to see your projects, both small and large. You can send them in through the  NHIG website here. 

The judging team will visit shortlisted projects so please ensure that it is possible to access the site by arrangement.  The submission window for this round closes on 31st May 2023.

Carpenter’s Company Annual Craft Lecture

John Burton, as a Liveryman of the Carpenter’s Company, has offered to invite a few members to this lecture by Tony Hackney M.B.A. CEng on ‘Building a Sustainable World: see timber in a new light’ on Wednesday 5 April at the Carpenter’s Hall. If you would like further details please contact us through our CONTACT page

ICOMOS-UK WOOD FORUM – YouTube channel.

ICOMOS-UK Wood Forum have uploaded new talks to their channel, and are keen to spread knowledge and build relationships.

They aim to spread knowledge and build relationships so are keen for us to see the talks and tell our friends and colleagues.

The list of talks can be found HERE

 

The Giles Worsley Fellowship

The British School at Rome is offering the Giles Worsley Fellowship, open to architectural historians and architects whose research in the field of architectural or urban history woudl benefit from the opportunity to send three months at the BSR.

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2023.

For further information contact https://bsr.ac.uk/awards-residencies-architecture/

Bedford Park Society Meetings

The Bedford Park Society have announced their next series of on-line lectures by Nicholas Friend on the development of city design – from the idealistic vision of Bedford Park Garden Suburb and early 20th century responses tackling increased population – to the climate change issues facing cities of the future.

Wednesday 15 February – Early dreams of better communal lives: from Bedford Park to Le Corbusier

Monday 13 March – Design of the Future City: challenges to the city in the age of climate change

Further details at www.bedfordpark.org.uk

or www.bedfordpark.org.uk

Bill Harvey

We were sad to hear of the death of Bill Harvey, who had been generous with his time and expertise to talk to us on Masonry Bridges, and write it up for Transactions.
Rob Thomas of the Institution of Structural Engineers has written to us:
Typical of Bill, it was his wish to leave his body to teaching and research so there will be no funeral but there will be a celebration of Bill’s life on 10 November at 2pm in Exeter Cathedral, followed by a reception in the Corn Exchange nearby from 3-5pm.
So that the family can plan ahead, if you intend you go on 10 November please RSVP using the link at:
https://www.billharveyassociates.com/news/2022/10/18/rip-bill-harvey

Bill’s son Hamish is keen to emphasise that the invitation is genuinely to all – he writes:
This invitation is sincere. There could be no better way to honour Bill than to meet and build bridges between people. We have selected venues with ample capacity. Please do RSVP if you can come so we have a good idea of numbers for planning. Please also share the invitation with anyone who knew Bill and might not have seen it..

 

Institute of Structural Engineers History Study Group

Paul Bell on A Window on Soviet Era Timber Engineering – Wooden Structures and the Derevyagin Beam

An in-person talk at  The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS on Monday 16 May at 6pm (refreshments from 5.30pm).

Synopsis

The talk about Soviet Era Timber Engineering will be based on Wooden Structures by G.G. Karlsen, written in 1961,  translated and published in English in 1967. Theory, as described in the book, was remarkably advanced using Plastic and Limit State Design. In contrast many structures illustrated use logs as structural members, which at first sight looks primitive, but in a country like Russia with an abundance of timber is very practical. The Derevyagin beam is a built-up beam using oak keys to connect softwood baulks without glue. It exploits the anisotropic properties of timber and the different strengths of softwood and oak. Design of Metal Structures, a sister volume to Wooden Structures was also published at this time of a highpoint in Soviet technological prestige. The relationship between engineers and the Soviet state over the period when G.G. Karlsen was working will be considered.

Speaker

Paul Bell has been a member of the History Study Group since its inception, having spent a large part of his working life dealing with old buildings. He has given talks to the Group on “The Structure of the Georgian London House” and “19th Century Laminated Timber Structures”. In 2021 he presented a paper to the 7th International Congress of the Construction History Society on “Wooden Structures by G.G. Karlsen and the Derevyagin Beam”. This paper is now in the public domain and can be downloaded here.

Covid arrangements

At the time of writing, the Institution’s policy is that face masks are not required but, on arrival, Reception will take your temperature and ask you to sanitise your hands.

Forthcoming talks

14 June | Alan Hayward on the Dee Bridge collapse of 1847

Institute of Structural Engineers History Study Group

Paul Bell on A Window on Soviet Era Timber Engineering – Wooden Structures and the Derevyagin Beam

An in-person talk at  The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS on Monday 16 May at 6pm (refreshments from 5.30pm).

Synopsis

The talk about Soviet Era Timber Engineering will be based on Wooden Structures by G.G. Karlsen, written in 1961,  translated and published in English in 1967. Theory, as described in the book, was remarkably advanced using Plastic and Limit State Design. In contrast many structures illustrated use logs as structural members, which at first sight looks primitive, but in a country like Russia with an abundance of timber is very practical. The Derevyagin beam is a built-up beam using oak keys to connect softwood baulks without glue. It exploits the anisotropic properties of timber and the different strengths of softwood and oak. Design of Metal Structures, a sister volume to Wooden Structures was also published at this time of a highpoint in Soviet technological prestige. The relationship between engineers and the Soviet state over the period when G.G. Karlsen was working will be considered.

Speaker

Paul Bell has been a member of the History Study Group since its inception, having spent a large part of his working life dealing with old buildings. He has given talks to the Group on “The Structure of the Georgian London House” and “19th Century Laminated Timber Structures”. In 2021 he presented a paper to the 7th International Congress of the Construction History Society on “Wooden Structures by G.G. Karlsen and the Derevyagin Beam”. This paper is now in the public domain and can be downloaded here.

Covid arrangements

At the time of writing, the Institution’s policy is that face masks are not required but, on arrival, Reception will take your temperature and ask you to sanitise your hands.

Forthcoming talks

14 June | Alan Hayward on the Dee Bridge collapse of 1847

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