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ASCHB Talk: Colouring London

12 March 2019
The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

Since the 1990s a major shift has occurred within the European construction industry, driven by energy legislation; from a focus on new build, to a growing interest in adaptation and reuse. At the same time, demand for data on building lifespans, and on the age and evolution of urban stocks, to improve accuracy in energy and waste flow prediction, is increasing.

However information on the UK building stock is highly fragmented and difficult to access. Colouring London is a new open mapping platform developed by UCL, with OS, the GLA and Historic England, that looks to demonstrate how the vast body of knowledge, held within building conservation, community-led planning and historical research can be harnessed and visualised, to provide crucial, free data needed to support sustainable development in the UK, and to promote reuse of older stock.

Polly Hudson is a doctoral researcher at UCL where she studies spatial patterns of demolition, and directs the Colouring London initiative. Her previous design work includes The Building of Bath Museum (1992), The Building Exploratory. Hackney (1995-2001) and the ‘Almost Lost’ exhibition for English Heritage, Wellington Arch (2013). Between 1993 and 1995 she worked, with a team of thirty craftsmen and craftswomen, as site manager for the restoration contract at Prior Park Mansion in Bath (Grade 1 listed).
Non-members can book in advance at Eventbrite.
See more on the ASCHB website



British Society of Master Glass Painters – Spring Lecture

15 March 2019

Adrian Barlow’s new book Espying Heaven: The Stained Glass of Charles Eamer Kempe and his Artists offers a detailed discussion of Kempe’s work, with a strong focus on particular windows, themes and relationships. Analysis of C.E. Kempe’s stained glass in the context of contemporary firms, such as Morris & Co., Burlison & Grylls, Christopher Whall, etc., enriches our understanding and evaluation of his legacy and standing today.

Adrian will be giving the BSMGP Spring Lecture at the Art Workers Guild and will share his in-depth knowledge of the windows of C. E. Kempe’s prolific firm with an audience who may already have strong ‘marmite’ opinions. An interesting evening is in store! Do join us.

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11 March 2019

Minnette de Silva was one of the world’s most famous architects. She was Sri Lanka’s first modernist architect and the first Asian woman to become an Associate of the RIBA. Yet her buildings are rarely celebrated, while scholarship and awareness of her work remains scarce.

​Educated at the Architectural Association in London, De Silva worked with Le Corbusier among others. Her buildings often feature open courtyards and verandas and are distinctly modernist in their approach. She celebrates traditional craftsmanship in her work and creates harmony with the landscape.

​De Silva’s buildings range from private houses to larger scale housing developments. Her participatory approach – consulting extensively with future homeowners – was revolutionary for its time. She also experimented widely and fused European modernism with Sri Lankan regional styles. Significantly, she paved the way for other prominent Sri Lankan modernist architects, including Geoffrey Bawa.

In this discussion, we will invite an architect, Anupama Kundoo, and historian, Senaka Weeraman, to reflect on Minnette de Silva’s work and evaluate her role in Sri Lankan modernist architecture. They will also consider the wider implications of excluding certain architects from the dominant narratives around modernism and how to counteract this exclusion.

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The Conservation of Industrial Archaeology

15 March 2019


The AGM and all day conference, Mills & Booms, will take place on Friday 15th March 2019 at the Museum of London, Docklands. The conference theme will be The Conservation of Industrial Archaeology, Buildings and Sites in Industrial Use.

What is industrial archaeology? How has it developed historically, and what special concerns does its conservation present? How should we deal with buildings and equipment deprived of their original functions or artefacts that are parts of more complex wholes? How do we manage contaminated sites? How do we conserve on sites where industrial production continues? And what might the future hold, as the planet becomes ever more industrialised? Through exemplary case studies we will consider such challenges and discuss some of the responses: “conserve as found”, adaptive reuse, recording and interpretation… Come to ASCHB2019 and join in the debate! Download the booking form here

Further details and bookings here

Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis

18 – 20 March 2019

This course is aimed at researchers using radiocarbon and other techniques, including Quaternary geologists, palaeobiologists, archaeologists and marine geoscientists. The first two days of the course will cover key aspects of radiocarbon dating including sample selection, laboratory processes and Bayesian analyses of radiocarbon dates. The third day of the course will expand on this to look at the construction of Bayesian chronologies more generally, including those that rely primarily on other dating techniques.  In this third day there will be a focus on using chronologies for environmental records.

Course Director: Professor Christopher Ramsey, Author of OxCal, with members of the NERC Radiocarbon Facility based at both Oxford and East Kilbride.

Further details and bookings here