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Leicester City Series: Towards Disaster Resilient Cities

9 August 2018

For the latest ‘City Series’ event Ksenia Chmutina and Jonathan Vann will explore the causes of disasters impacting on urban environments around the world, and detail ways in which risk can be reduced.

Dr Ksenia Chmutina is a Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism at the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, UK. Her research explores whether cities can be simultaneously sustainable and resilience under the pressures of urbanisation and climate change in the context of both natural hazards and human-induced threats. Ksenia has an extensive experience of conducting research in developing countries, in particular Nepal, India, China, Indonesia, and the Caribbean. She is a co-author (with Dr Lee Bosher) of a recently published book “Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment’ (2017, Wiley Blackwell).

Jonathan Vann is a Chartered Geographer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Managing Director of Riverscape Environmental Consultants, having previously worked as a Senior Flood Risk Management Advisor for the Environment Agency. His talk will provide an insight into recent infrastructure investment which has reduced the risk of flooding, as well as the future direction of flood risk management in Leicester. The wider benefits of blue-green infrastructure will be explored in relation to biodiversity enhancement, public access and riverside regeneration.

This event is supported by the East Midlands branch of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Book your FREE ticket here

1816 60th Anniversary 2018 AGM Weekend in London

20 – 22 July

Celebratory 60th anniversary AGM weekend exploring the Victorian and Edwardian architecture of London.
The weekend will begin on Friday evening with our 60th Anniversary Dinner at the Reform Club in Pall Mall (1841 Sir Charles Barry). This is a separate optional event.
The annual general meeting beginning at 11am on Saturday morning will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, Kensington (1901-6 GF Bodley). A sandwich lunch will be served in the church after the AGM.
Saturday afternoon will be devoted to guided walks around Kensington and the three options are:
Albertopolis, including visits to the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Alexandra House and The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Churches in Kensington, a walk led by Michael Hall, including St Augustine’s, Queens Gate (Butterfield 1870-7), the Russian Orthodox Cathedral (L Vulliamy 1848-9) and St Stephen’s, Gloucester Road (Joseph Peacock 1866-7).
Artists’ Houses in Kensington, a walk led by David McDonald, former Conservation Officer for Kensington & Chelsea Council. If you are booking online please email with your walk preferences. We cannot guarantee that you will get your preferred choice of walk.
The walks will be followed by tea.
On Sunday morning there will be three walks to choose from:
Hackney, exploring its transformation from village to Victorian suburb. This will be led by Robert Hradsky, a Conservation Adviser for Alan Baxter Associates and Hackney resident.
Whitechapel, looking at some well known and some less well known nineteenth-century buildings, taking in the former Church of St Augustine with St Philip (Arthur Cawston 1888-92), now a medical library, and other buildings associated with the Royal London Hospital, then along Whitechapel Road to the Whitechapel Gallery (CH Townsend 1898-9). We then go past the Cooperative Wholesale Society’s buildings on Leman Street, to wind up at Wilton’s Music Hall and Wellclose Square, with many other Victorian buildings to be seen en route. The walk will be led by Peter Guillery of the Survey of London which is currently working on the area.
Angel and Islington which will look at some fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings that help to give such a distinctive character to the centre and old village core of Islington. Starting and finishing at Angel station, it will include the former Royal Agricultural Hall, the Central Post Office and other commercial buildings, Barry’s Holy Trinity Church and various examples of model housing. The walk will be led by Alec Forshaw who was Principal Conservation and Design Officer for Islington Council for many years.
If you are booking online please email with your walk preferences. We cannot guarantee that you will get your preferred choice of walk.
Sunday afternoon will be devoted to a boat tour (separate optional event), including lunch, along the River Thames surveying the nineteenth-century development and architecture of central London’s embankments and the skyline beyond, offering a fresh perspective on Victorian London. It will be led by Benedict O’Looney, architect and aquatic London tour guide.
The boat trip will end in time for members to go to Evensong (optional) at 6pm at All Saints, Margaret Street (William Butterfield 1849-59) in Marylebone.
COST £70 per person including walks, admissions, gratuities, and lunch and tea on Saturday. Dinner on Friday is optional and costs £100 per person. The boat tour on Sunday is optional and costs £65, including lunch. Accommodation is not included.
The programme is liable to change.

Further details HERE

Stone Carving Festival, York Minster 17-19 August

17 – 19 August
York Minster

York Minster is hosting a stone carving festival 17 to 19 August this year. If you want to participate, click here to register. There are 80 bankers available and you have to pay £50 to reserve one of them. If you don’t turn up, you forfeit the £50. They will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and you have until 31 March to register.

If you want to communicate, email John David, York Minster’s Master Mason.

Masons, carvers, sculptors and stonework apprentices from across the UK and Europe are invited to take part in this celebration of the craft of stone carving.

The theme for the festival will be All creatures great and small. Participants will be able to use Ancaster Hard White limestone and Magnesian limestone, which will be prepared as blocks measuring 200 x 200 x 300mm.

The finished carvings will be auctioned on the Sunday afternoon and a prize will be presented to what is judged to be the best piece – and the judges will be those taking part.

Toilets, showers and basic accommodation, including bed space (bring your own sleeping bags or covers) will be provided in the Minster School Hall and is included in the £50 registration fee. If you want to stay somewhere else, a list of accommodation in York can be found on the Visit York website. The registration fee also includes a festival T-shirt, a BBQ on the Friday evening (17 August) and food throughout the weekend. Carving starts at 8am on the Saturday (18 August) and should be finished in time for the auction at 3.30pm on Sunday (19 August).

Further details HERE

Traditional Buildings – Materials and Skills

 21 September 2018

This conference includes presentations and exhibitors on traditional building materials including stone, mortar, timber, metals and glass and will conclude with a case study of the recently completed Inverness Town House repair project.

This event is being jointly sponsored by CIOB, RIAS, RICS & CITB.

Further details HERE and bookings HERE

Intermediate Stone Carving & Lettering Course

30 July – 1 August 2018
Location: Heritage Craft Alliance Ltd, The Training Centre, Thorp Perrow, Bedale, DL8 2PR

About this event

The intermediate carving course follows on from our introduction course.

You will be able to tackle more free-form work to produce an art piece.

You will be able to prepare, carve and cut letters for any purpose.

How to book

3 Day Course – £295 +VAT (light lunch and refreshments included)
To Book: Telephone 01677 422289 or email