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SAHGB – Conference at Society of Antiquaries – New Insights into 16th- and 17th-century British Architecture

18 January - 09:30 - 17:00

Organised by Dr. Claire Gapper and Dr. Paula Henderson

Town and Country
Dr Claire Gapper, ‘Eastgate House: A reason to visit Rochester’
As an architectural historian of the Early Modern period, Claire Gapper completed her PhD thesis on the subject of plasterers and plasterwork in London. She has continued to research the topic and has broadened her horizons, travelling to see plasterwork anywhere in the country when she is invited.
Dr Adam Menuge, ‘A sense of arrival: the embrace of Blickling’s wings’
Adam Menuge is the Course Director for the MSt in Building History at the University of Cambridge and the current President of the Vernacular Architecture Group.  He previously worked for RCHME and English Heritage, and is the author or co-author of books on Liverpool and Berwick-upon-Tweed and several widely used professional guidance documents. 
Archbishops’ Palaces
Paul Drury, ‘’Invironed aboute with Galeries and Towers’: Archbishop Warham’s palace at Otford’
 Paul Drury is a Chartered Surveyor who rapidly turned to archaeology, becoming director of Chelmsford Archaeological Trust in the 1970s, before joining English Heritage as an Inspector of Historic Buildings in 1984. He left as London Region Director in 1997 to establish a consultancy in historic environment policy and practice (now Drury McPherson Partnership). His abiding research interests are medieval floor tiles and sixteenth– and seventeenth-century major houses.
Nathalie Cohen,  ‘Rebuilding and redevelopment: Knole during the 16th and 17th centuries’
Nathalie Cohen has worked on a number of different archaeological projects including the Monuments at Risk Survey in the East Midlands, the Grimes London Archive Project, the Thames Archaeological Survey, the Museum of London Archaeology Service and overseas at sites in Israel, the Czech Republic and Romania.
New ways of looking
Professor Maurice Howard, ‘The classical moment in mid-sixteenth century England: new discoveries, new patterns of patronage’
Maurice Howard is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Sussex. His many publications include The Early Tudor Country House. He was Senior Specialist Advisor for the Tudor and Stuart sections of the British Galleries at the V&A and co-investigator for the NPG’s Making Art in Tudor Britain. He has been President of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
Hilary Turner and Michael Athanson, ‘Drawn, Described, Demolished and Digitally restored: Sheldon’s lost house at Weston in Long Compton, Warwickshire, 1586-1827’
 Hilary L. Turner is an independent researcher working in publishing in London, Athens and the Gulf. She enjoys solving puzzles. Studies range from Oxfordshire buildings to Ralph Sheldon’s four tapestry maps. Her interest has since turned to Sheldon’s house and to his life.
Michael Athanson is a cartographer and geospatial consultant. His interests lie in digital approaches to studying historic maps and architectural / geographic spaces of the past. For eight years, he was the Deputy Map Librarian at the Bodleian Library. Michael also worked in archaeological surveying and geographic information systems (GIS).
Dr Adam White, ‘Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and his successors: sculpture and architecture at Hatfield House’
Adam White has been researching the relationship between sculpture and architecture in the Early Modern period for the past forty years. From 1994-2015 he worked as Curator of Lotherton Hall, Leeds Museums and Galleries.
 Dr Paula Henderson, ‘Rus in Urbe: mapping London’s early modern gardens’
Paula Henderson lectures widely and has published over sixty articles on English houses and their settings.  Her book, The Tudor House and Garden (Yale), won the Berger Prize for the outstanding contribution to the history of British art for 2005. She is currently completing a book on London gardens of the 16th and 17th centuries.


Society of Antiquaries
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BD United Kingdom
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