12 October 2017
This year’s AGM and Annual Conference of the AABC will be held at The Garden Museum in London. The museum occupies the former parish church St Mary Lambeth which stands immediately outside the main gate of Lambeth Palace, across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament. The present church dates from 1850 but was rebuilt on the site of a former church whose origins pre-date the Norman Conquest. The church is surrounded by an ancient burial ground, the church itself is listed grade II*; three tomb chests in the churchyard are also listed grade II*, the Victorian boundary wall of the churchyard is listed grade II and is lined with mature trees which are all the subject of preservation orders. Church and churchyard lie within the Lambeth Palace Conservation Area.
Following the formal business of the AGM, there will be a discussion of the constraints imposed by the various site designations on the design for the new HLF-funded museum conversion which involved both building on the churchyard and adapting the interior for museum use. The discussion will be led by Christopher Woodward, the museum director, Neil Burton, the heritage consultant to the project and Alun Jones of Dow Jones Architects, the architect in charge. Discussion will be followed by an exploration of the building, which re-opened in April 2017.
After lunch at the museum there will be an opportunity to visit the adjoining Lambeth Palace and to see Archbishop Juxon’s magnificent seventeenth century Great Hall. Lambeth Palace Library is the oldest free public library in England and the Library contains an outstandingly important collection of books and archives. The librarian will explain the thinking behind the designs for the proposed new library building in the Palace grounds, which have been prepared by the architects Wright & Wright.
We are limited on numbers, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
If you would like to book a place, please find out more here…