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.
ASCHB Events 2020/2021
Sherry Bates, our Chairman, writes:
We are looking forward to a new season of events. As uncertainty remains following the Covid-19 outbreak, it has not yet been possible to arrange meetings for the coming season at Cowcross Street. Accordingly we shall not be publishing an events card in August.
However, we shall commence online webinars this month which we hope you will join. These will begin with Alex di Valmarana’s talk about the laser scanning of the Villa Rotonda in Vicenza carried over from the conference last March. We shall follow that with other talks scheduled for the end of last season that we had to postpone.
HOW TO LINK TO TALK
We shall put a link to each talk on our website several days prior to a live online question and answer session. That will enable you to view the webinar in your own time and email questions to us before the Q and A, which will include the speaker and a session chair plus perhaps one or two others socially distanced on camera in the same space. A link to the Q and A will also be posted. This is a very exciting innovation but experimental, at least to us. The committee has spent a lot of time, developing the webinar format and checking the technology that will support it and has external help from experts in the field. The links to the webinar and the Q and A will also be sent by Mailchimp to those of you who have provided us with emails. If you have not already done so, please provide us with your email address now.
NEXT AGM and CONFERENCE
I should also like to announce our next conference, Conservation and Carbon. That is a hugely important topic currently and many think policy could be heading in the wrong direction.
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Until we meet again …
In the meantime we are putting links on this page to online information, webinars, virtual events and tours. We are looking for the less well known websites – please send us ones you have come across.
The Institute of Structural Engineers have put seven of the James Sutherland History Lectures on YouTube: the 2020 lecture was given by Steven Brindle on The Origins of the Engineering Profession.
The Heritage Alliance has a wealth of links and guidance https://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/
IHBC have published several articles in Conservation wiki https://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/Conservation_wiki
The London Society holds webinars https://www.londonsociety.org.uk/
John Boughton, author of Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing runs a website with a host of articles https://municipaldreams.wordpress.com/
The SPAB are running online events – some for members only https://www.spab.org.uk/
The Practical Path to Net Zero for Churches has been published https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/churchcare/advice-and-guidance-church-buildings/practical-path-net-zero
If you have got round to that pile of filing during lockdown, you may have come across details or pictures of listed places that you can add to HE’s entries https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/enrich-the-list/
And if you need a rest, pack a picnic and go for a long train journey – choose from 18 spectacular rail journeys from the Jacobite Steam Train to the Cherry Blossom Tunnel of Japan https://secretldn.com/spectacular-virtual-train-rides/
Enjoy FAI UK Italian Heritage (National Trust for Italy – Fondo Ambiente Italiano) on Facebook and Instagram and look forward to being able to visit again. https://uk.fai-international.org/media/
Frank Lloyd Wright buildings will swap a short video every Thursday at 12pm CST (6pm in UK) on Instagram #wrightvirtualvisits https://thespaces.com/12-frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-are-now-hosting-virtual-tours/
Hadlow Castle has gone on sale through Sotheby’s International Realty, if you have £1.6m to spend. Have a look at Rena Pitsilli Graham’s article about the importance of the building and its conservation in Volume 33 of Transactions. https://www.thehadlowtower.co.uk/history.html https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-2322-mvw6x6/other-england-en
Sound is a vital part of the experience of a place but rarely included as an element of the design – the Museum of Portable Sound is dedicated to “bringing the culture of sound to the world. One listener at a time”. It has collections of recordings, such as Door: Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart 17 Oct 2012, and Ventilation Duct: Venice, Italy 3 Nov 2014 as well as The First Recording of a Museum: The Crystal Palace, London 1888. Its collections also include videos and physical objects – where else would you find a Stylophone?. Originally, the curator would bring the museum to you, now you can visit online for a £10 fee. https://museumofportablesound.com/
The Crafts Council has produced a list of virtual exhibitions – the amazing installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux at the Now Gallery is not to be missed. https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/ https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/articles/virtual-exhibitions-to-enjoy-while-isolated
Dezeen offers a wealth of articles – these pictures of abandoned buildings appeal to the lovers of the picturesque – surely a prerequisite of conservation professionals! Remember to pack a flask and sandwiches for your visit – you are sure to find interesting links. https://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/11/christian-richter-photographs-abandoned-empty-buildings-europe/
RIBA has listed museums that are putting their shows and collections online. Virtual lectures, readings, exhibitions and tours bring culture to your laptop https://www.ribaj.com/culture/museums-go-online-lockdown-2020-virtual-exhibitions-festivals-100-day-studio-design-despatches-architecture-foundation-royal-academy-hayward-tate
The Guardian has also put together a museum list, with links https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gallery-tours
Some of the museums on the list use Google Arts and Culture for the “Museum view” tool. Look for places such as Queen Victoria’s Durbar Room in 360°, Alexandra Palace, the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, or Palmyra. https://artsandculture.google.com/
Layers of London is a map-based history website developed by the Institute of Historical Research. Maps of Medieval London, through Agas and Roque’s, the Bomb Damage Maps to a modern satellite map can be overlaid. There is a wide range of information on individual buildings and there is the opportunity to add your information. Please send us details of other initiatives outside London. https://www.layersoflondon.org/
The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) webinars https://www.aecb.net/events/category/aecb-events/webinars/
The World Monuments Fund have put their webinar Protecting Our Cultural Icons From Fire: Lessons Learned from Notre-Dame and Beyond. It was produced in partnership with the American Institute of Architects New York, and the Center for Architecture on the importance of protecting our cultural heritage from fire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHgmGFKzy4g
Historic England have put some of their webinars online, on Damp, Glazing, Statements of Heritage Significance etc. These need Adobe Flash Player or Adobe Connect app. https://historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/training-skills/online-training/webinars/
The Association for Environment Conscious Building also have a course concentrating on developing a good understanding of issues related to heat and moisture in buildings to help retrofitters avoid and/or manage any unintended consequences arising from the repair, insulation, draught proofing and ventilation of existing UK buildings. £410 + VAT https://carbonlite.net/course/carbonlite-retrofit-course-co3/?v=79cba1185463#
BRE Academy are offering a variety of webinars at various prices, the subjects including fire, flood, sustainable design, BIM, Energy Efficiency, and Construction Design Management. There is currently a 20% discount during April. https://www.bre.ac/webinars
June 19 IHBC 2020 ‘Brighton’ School ‘OLD TOWNS | NEW FUTURES’ Heritage Reflections and Speculations from a Pandemic http://virtualschool2020.ihbc.org.uk
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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 – postponed
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)
21 April 2020 – postponed
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 – postponed
Providence Chapel, Charlwood
Robert Bowles, RPB Services
16 June 2020 – to be confirmed
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