The Geography of Seventeenth-century British Architecture: Historiography and New Horizons
The Society of Architectural Historians (GB) Annual Symposium will take place on Saturday May 22nd 2010, at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 16 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
This symposium seeks to broaden our current understanding of Britain’s architecture in the 1600s by exploring the geographical horizons of what constituted seventeenth- century ‘British’ architecture.
Analyses of seventeenth-century British architecture have both illuminated and circumscribed our understanding of architecture in Britain during the 1600s: the emphasis on Court patronage, for example, has created a focus on the metropolis of London, and the primacy of Classicism has led to an emphasis on Italy’s influence to the exclusion of other countries with which Britain interacted politically and culturally. Furthermore, the use of ‘Britain’ as a synonym for ‘England’ has paradoxically often served to exclude Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, while the architectures of Britain’s Atlantic and South Asian colonies have traced their own careers in the literature. These tendencies in the historiography of seventeenth-century British architecture misrepresent the complexity of Britain’s geography in the 1600s, and are also indicative of the agendas and political interpretations of successive generations of architectural historians.
List of Papers and Participants:
The British in the Levant: social networks and the study of architecture - Dr Lydia M. Soo, University of Michigan
The Architecture of Welsh Nonconformity - Dr Kathryn Wilkinson, Cardiff University
Dutch Architectural Influence on Charles II’s Winchester Palace - Dr Sandra Steele, independent scholar
Historiography and the Origins of the Gentleman’s House in the British Atlantic World - Stephen Hague, D.Phil. student, Oxford University
Pavilion or Pediment: the development of Scottish country house architecture in the post-Restoration period - Dr Charles Wemyss, independent scholar
‘To build in brick’:The importance of the Act for the Rebuilding of London on British colonial structures, c. 1670-1700 - Dr Diane Shafer Domnick, Allegheny College
The World Rewritten: Colonial and Home Geography in Mid-Seventeenth-Century England - Dr Kimberley Skelton,Tufts University
Sir James Murray of Kilbaberton: King’s Master of Works 1607-1634 - Dr Aonghus MacKechnie, Historic Scotland
Romance, Identity and the Scottish Longhouse: fixing a seventeenth-century dwelling type in history - Dr Daniel Maudlin, University of Plymouth
Plantation and private architecture in seventeenth century Ireland: English, Scottish and Irish themes - Professor Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
A Theatre of Empire: British Architectural Interventions in Menorca 1708-1802 - Dr Ann-Marie Akehurst, University of York
First Lines of Defence:The Seventeenth-Century Forts of Bermuda - Emily Mann, Ph.D. student, Courtauld Institute
The Conway Estate as an Example of Seventeenth- Century ‘English’ Building Styles in Ulster - Brenda Collins, independent scholar
The fee is £45 (£15 for registered students), inclusive of lunch and refreshments.
To reserve a place or places, please fill in a booking slip and return it with payment. Booking slip available for download at:
Registration will be from 9:00 am.The symposium will begin at 9:30 am and will close at 6:00 pm.
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