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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

Gloucester Stone Carving Festival, Llanthony Secunda Priory 25-27 August

25-27 August 2018
Llanthony Secunda Priory 

Carrie Horwood of Cat’s Eye Carving is once again organising this years stone carving festival in Gloucester.

With work progressing well at Llanthony Secunda Priory, where the festival will be held, there will be plenty to celebrate during the August bank holiday as the site becomes ready to welcome visitors as an historic attraction.

Carrie hopes to attract more than 20 stonemasons and carvers to take part in the contest. They will have the opportunity to carve some of the original stone taken from the old stable block of the Priory during the recent renovation work (carried out with the help of £3million from the Heritage Lottery Fund) as well as newly quarried Cotswold stone.

The theme this year is mythical creatures. Carrie herself plans to carve a beastie as a raffle prize.

The carvers will have Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning to complete their creations before offering them up for the grand live auction on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

If you are an accomplished mason or carver wanting to take part, or a trader who would like to have a stall at the event, email Carrie on

Further details here>>


Working Party Open Day

15 July 2018
Eastbury House, Eastbury Square, IG11 9SN, BARKING

Join the SPAB at Eastbury Manor, Barking, London for the Working Party Open Day. See conservation in action at Eastbury Manor, an Elizabethan gem in Barking, the site of the SPAB’s Working Party. Try your hand at traditional crafts under the guidance of experts.

Enjoy guided tours, building craft demonstrations and refreshments from the Eastbury kitchen. The event is free and there’s no need to book, just turn up.

Further information here>>

Under Pressure: Working with the form and setting of smaller settlements

4 July 2018
Kellogg College, Oxford

With small towns, villages and hamlets seeing greater developer interest, what criteria are being used to identify new sites for housing or other land uses beyond major cities?  What can a settlement’s history tell us about its ideal future? What weight should be given to other place-related factors in decision-making?

Spatial planning is intended to determine what and how much development should be located where; yet a key part of the UK planning system encourages land owners and developers to propose specific sites for new development. Given the pressure on local authority resources, time constraints on determining planning applications, and the need for more housing development, place-making is not always at the top of the list of factors considered.

This seminar-workshop will examine:

  • The significance of smaller settlements’ historical form, function and setting
  • Whether the HELAA process makes ‘place’ planning more of a challenge
  • Alternative ways of planning for change that relate to a place’s identity
  • The type of criteria to consider and their relevance
  • A live case study to debate and test factors that matter, and
  • Case studies of how plan-making and neighbourhood planning can draw upon alternative evidence to influence outcomes.

With expert speakers and a hands-on workshop, this seminar will enable delegates to consider whether there are key factors that should be used to plan the future of smaller historic settlements differently.

The seminar will be of interest to local authority officers and councillors, civic societies, amenity and local community groups, and development planning and design consultants with an interest in urban design and planning.

Seminar speakers include:

  • Professor Malcolm Airs, Kellogg College
  • Dr Geoffrey Tyack, Oxford University
  • Louise Thomas, HTVF

This seminar counts as 6 CPD hours.

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