Meetings are held at The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1. Nearest tube: Farringdon. Wine served from 6.00pm, lectures usually start at 6.30pm, Forums at 6.00pm. Non Members are welcome: please donate £5 on door. For queries please contact us.
Download a foldable copy of our meetings programme here
We have added events of interest from other Societies to this page. See the CALENDAR page for further forthcoming dates: //www.aschb.org.uk/calendar/
In view of the advice on non-essential gatherings during the COVID-19 precautions, our meetings on March 17 2020 and 19 May have been cancelled, and our talk and visit to the Mithraeum on 21 April, and the visit to Turner’s House on 5 May will not go ahead. We are hoping that The Gallery will re-open at the end of May, and we will keep you updated.
Our ASCHB North Convenors had been working hard to arrange our visit to Elsecar and Wentworth Woodhouse but this has also had to be postponed. We look forward to it being re-arranged in Spring/Summer 2021.
17 March 2020 – TO BE RE-ARRANGED
Cuba, communism and conservation
Anna Joynt, Allies & Morrison
This talk is about conservation in a clearly very different context. The international conservation principles may be the same, but the problems and the resources are vastly different from ours. The scale of the Cuban task is staggering, but so is the vision. The results may sometimes raise eyebrows in more delicate conservation circles, but there is much to admire, much to explore and – Anna would say – much which we can learn from.
Anna will be talking mostly about the holistic, heritage-based conservation of Old Havana, but also extending the talk to the wider capital and around Cuba. We’ll touch on the Cuban modern movement along the way, finishing up at the seminal Cuban modernist building, the National Schools of Arts.
Anna Joynt: lecture based on AA Conservation Course thesis and grant-funded research (British Academy and Zibby Garnett Trust)
Friday 28 February 2020
Draft Guidelines for the Management of the Historic Environment
Donald Hankey warmly invites ASCHB members to a special event at The Gallery, where you will have the chance to discuss and give expert feedback on a short briefing paper about the value of conservation internationally. An updated document will be available here shortly.
Tuesday 24 September 2019
The Whitehall Banqueting House
Jane Spooner, Historic Royal Palaces
The Banqueting House was designed by Inigo Jones for James I. It was completed in 1622, and a magnificent scheme of 9 paintings by Rubens, commissioned by Charles I, were installed in its ceiling in 1636. The Banqueting House was originally built to accommodate court masques – elaborate theatrical performances which used allegory to promote the Stuart dynasty. After the ceiling paintings were installed, masques took place elsewhere, and the hall was used for great feasts, ambassadorial receptions, and ceremonies. The architectural polychromy of the room has recently been studied by Historic Royal Palaces, with a view to understanding the original setting for the Rubens canvases, and the appearance of the room during subsequent centuries.
Dr Jane Spooner is Head of Buildings Curators at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). She manages a team of Buildings Curators and an archivist. Collectively, their job is to research, care for, and understand the six royal palaces under HRP’s care. Jane is part of a project team working on a major project at Banqueting House, Whitehall. Jane is an art historian, with a background in art conservation.
VISIT TO BRACKLEY TOWN HALL
There is an opportunity to visit Brackley Town Hall this Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 10 am. Please contact Tom or Nathalie at email@example.com
Tuesday 15 October 2019
ASCHB Forum: Cleaning historic masonry
Latest in thinking and updates on current research
Methods of cleaning masonry have developed in recent years, and there are now many alternatives to Jos and Doff, such as the Thermatech system used in several cathedrals, laser cleaning, and latex and other chemical poulticing.
How do all these systems measure up? How do we choose a method for particular circumstances? Have we cleaned buildings too much? What is the town planners attitude to cleaning? Are we cleaning buildings just for a background for tourist selfies?
Join us for brief presentations by Doug Evans, of Thomas Ford and Partners, who was involved in the cleaning the interior of Wakefield Cathedral, Robyn Pender, of Historic England with the scientist’s view, and Angus Lawrence, of Taylor Pearce Restoration Services Ltd, for the conservator’s view.
This will be followed by an open round table discussion, chaired by Sherry Bates. Please come along and share your knowledge and experiences.
Forum meetings open earlier at 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start
Tuesday 19 November 2019
Brackley Town Hall Restoration Project: RIBA award winning revitalised community space
Tom Gibb, Haverstock
This Northamptonshire project was awarded a 2019 RIBA East Midlands Award.
The restoration and adaptation of the Grade II* listed building was a HLF funded scheme to address the physical issues and improve the long-term financial sustainability of the Town Hall.
Tuesday 21 January 2020
After Glasgow and Paris: an update on fire risk
Steve Emery, Oxford University
Tuesday 18 February 2020
ASCHB Forum: Aesthetics and conservation
Aesthetics is popularly a synonym for considerations of beauty or even
beauty itself. It also can be seen as more than that; as the philosophical
study of questions of beauty and taste, of our judgments relating to
beauty and the visual and mental processes or percepts that enable us to
make those judgments. How, if at all, does aesthetics play a role in the
conservation of the historic environment?
Join us to hear three short papers by Colin Kerr (former Architect for
Chichester Cathedral), Matthew Slocombe (Director of The SPAB) and
Matthew Pendleton (Area Design and Conservation Officer at
Westminster City Council) on the role of aesthetics in the conservation
of the historic environment; then join in what should be lively discussion
with our expert panel, chaired by Charles Wagner.
Forum meetings open earlier at 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start
Friday 6 March 2020
ASCHB AGM and Annual Conference:
Conserving Knowledge: Recording, Archiving and Retrieving the Historic Environment for Future Generations.
Tuesday 17 March 2020
Cuba, Communism and Conservation
Anna Joynt, Allies and Morrison
21 April 2020
The Archaeology of the Mithraeum
Jane Sidell, Historic England
This includes a visit and the meeting will be held at the Historic England offices at Cannon Street – registration will be required through the Eventbrite site (no charge for ASCHB members)
19 May 2020
Providence Chapel, Charlwood
Robert Bowles, RPB Services
16 June 2020
Earth Mortars: latest thinking, and the Repair of the Dovecote at Barham, Lincolnshire
Alison Henry, Historic England
Peter Rawlings, Peter Rawlings Architects
Details of Autumn, Spring and Summer Visits to be given nearer the date.
CPD – Details of the previous season’s meetings are archived for your CPD records here
The results of our November 2017 poll, ASCHB at 50: Influential Books for the most influential books for conservation over the last fifty years are now on the Book Review page