Managing Contemporary and Historic Design and Development – Oxford

13 September 2017

The City of Oxford is known world-wide for its historic built environment, shaped largely by the architecture of its university and 44 colleges.  With a long tradition of patrons supporting remarkable buildings, this trend continues today and provides fascinating exemplars for how to manage historic environments and embrace challenging new architecture.

This two-part walking tour and seminar is an opportunity to visit developments built over the last 10 years in their urban context, and discuss ways of balancing historic and contemporary design.

It will be useful to local authority officers and councillors with planning and design portfolios, conservation officers, developers, architects, urban designers and planners in private practice, town and parish councillors, and civic society members.  The benefits of attending this seminar are:

  • A first-hand appreciation of contemporary development within an historic setting
  • An understanding of how planning guidance and decision-making frameworks are established and used
  • The opportunity to discuss guidance and its interpretation with key figures in the city
  • An awareness of the main issues for guiding and promoting good contemporary design
  • An appreciation of key conservation and urban design principles
  • Greater confidence in decision-making on design in historic places or conservation area setting.

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Monuments in Ruins – Ruins as Monuments

22–24 September 2017
Elefsina, Greece

The 4th HMO International HerMa Conference on Heritage Management will contribute to this largely absent debate by reconsidering ruins qua physical remains, for their evocative potential, and in particular to provide a philosophy to inform heritage management at all kinds of scales: from museum objects to historical buildings, archaeological sites to historical landscapes.

The main subjects raised will revolve around the following sorts of concerns:

  1. RUINS OF WHAT/AS WHAT? — matters of identity, the relation between parts and wholes, as well as the ‘authenticity’ of restored monuments in relation to what remains of their original material substance … and other ruinous topics. Theoretical and philosophical contributions are most welcome in this session.
  2. RUINS FOR WHAT/WHERE? — the purposes, criteria, hierarchies and decision making in the preservation of ruinous monuments, through case studies of theory and of practice.
  3. RUINS FOR WHOM? — the different approaches and desires of the general public and the experts: the various empathies expressed (or not) towards ruins, ruins of one’s own or another’s culture, the relation of the part to the whole and management strategies devised to accentuate, remedy, mitigate or even celebrate the fragmented condition of the archetypal ruin. This session focuses on sociological, anthropological, psychological approaches.
  4. RUINS HOW? — looks at the actual processes of ruination, the subsequent functioning of ruins and the diverse methods of their documentation, technologies of their stabilization and their presentation to the public.

The Long Sunset: the Country House c 1840–1940

21 October 2017

This is the final conference in our series on the country house, which we started in 2009. Many changes to country house life took place in the century from 1840, and our conference will explore some of these with expert speakers on such topics as the long weekend, the gardens and the plant collectors who contributed to them, the introduction of the Arts and Crafts style country home, innovative technology and the role that Americans played in sustaining and developing the English country house.

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Buckfast Abbey: History, Art and Architecture

7 October 2017

Chaired by The Editor Rev. Peter Beacham OBE. As Buckfast Abbey prepares to celebrate its millennium in 2018, a book has been commissioned that chronicles the remarkable history of the Abbey.
This special one day conference is being held to launch this major new book. Come and meet distinguished historians who will share their interest in the Abbey’s history, art and architecture.

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1 Day Rendering With Lime

25 Aug 2017 & 20 Oct 2017
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

This course will enable you to apply a variety of lime render finishes to a wide range of backgrounds including matching to existing finishes

The practical element of this course will cover a range of backgrounds and include undertaking small ‘patch’ repairs to existing finishes. Both hand cast and mechanical applications will be demonstrated and attendees will gain an understanding of a range of surface finishes that can be achieved.

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