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london’s anatomy: victorian buildings from top to toe

Thursday 4 July 2019, 9.30 – 17.00 Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BE


London’s Victorian buildings are marvels of engineering, invention and artifice. They include iconic buildings famous around the world but also local theatres, schools, libraries and town halls in every part of London, crafted with extraordinary attention to detail.

This conference will look at their actual fabrication in brick, terracotta, glass and stone – the creation of bold decorative detail and the technologies and transportation that made new building on this scale possible. It offers an imaginative means of understanding London’s buildings, conjuring the skills and labour of a now lost workforce to reveal the human scale of Victorian London.

The Society of Antiquaries, next to the Royal Academy, is one of London’s foremost Grade II* Italianate Victorian buildings and also has a world class Tudor painting collection.

The conference will include conservation exhibitors during the day.

For those booked, please arrive in time for registration at 9.30 am. Talks will start promptly at 10.00 am.

Please find a map attached with directions here.

Lunch and refreshments are included.

For any other information please contact us on / 020 7099 0559.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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David Watkins, DHW Architects
Fit for a modern world: 19th century building regulations

Michael Hammett, British Brick Society
Brick making in the Victorian period

Kit Wedd, IHBC, Director, Spurstone Heritage Ltd
Victorian architectural terracotta

Professor Phil Baines, Professor of Typography, Central Saint Martins
Architectural lettering on Victorian buildings

Alfred Fisher MBE, FBSMGP, Founder, Chapel Studio
Stained glass: Whitefriars and the Victorian glass studios

Tom Chance, Historian
New technologies: Glazing The Crystal Palace

Paul Lewis, James Hoyle & Son
Demand for iron: Victorian decorative ironwork

John Pelton MBE, Programme Strategy Director, Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme
Innovation – Heritage for the Future: the Palace of Westminster’s Restoration and Renewal Programme

Dr Nicola Stacey, Director, Heritage of London Trust
Heritage of London Trust projects

Melvyn Lee, Director, Thwaites & Reed
Time memorial: building Victorian clocks

Alex Werner, Lead Curator – New Museum, Museum of London
Doulton & Co: from sewer pipes to glazed tiles

Elizabeth Woolley, PhD candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Industrialised art: new technologies and Victorian church wall painting

Benedict O’Looney, M.Arch ARB, Director, Benedict O’Looney Architects
Working together: conserving Victorian townscapes

This conference is generously supported by

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This conference is accredited by the CPD Standards Office


Monday 25 March 2019, 10 am

82 Peckham Road, London, SE15 5LQ

Peckham Road’s fire station is London’s earliest surviving purpose-built fire station. It was built in 1867 by the architect Edward Cresy Jnr for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the first public authority fire protection in London. It was derelict for 30 years but restored in 2018 with Heritage of London Trust support. It is now a major contemporary arts centre for south London, run by nearby South London Gallery.

Join us for a tour with the Director of the gallery.

Please click here to register.

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Thursday 18 October 2018, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm

40 Stuart Road, London, SE15 3BE

The Ivy House is a 1930s pub in Nunhead, South London, which retains almost all its original 1930s features and character from the ball room stage to the front bar, historic lettering and coloured skylights. The skylights had been blocked in the 1970s, but are being restored with a HOLT grant to improve light and ventilation in this much-loved community pub.

Join us for a visit and a drink to hear more about Londons first co-operatively owned pub!


Tuesday 25 September 2018, 10.00 am – 11.00 am

Altazimuth Pavilion, Royal Observatory, Greenwich, SE10 8XJ

The Altazimuth Pavilion was named after a Victorian telescope measuring the altitude and azimuth of celestial objects. The pavilion is crowned with a weathervane inspired by the depiction of Halleys Comet in the Bayeux Tapestry, but this, and the star-burst lanterns, were in poor condition.

HOLT supported their restoration as part of the renovation of the whole building, helping bring it back into use for the first time in 60 years.

Join us for a visit to see this remarkable building and its new telescope!


Wednesday 29th August 2018, 10.30 am – 11.30 am

Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, near Kings Road Recycling Centre, off Kings Road, Chingford, London, E4 7HR

Named after 15th century Reynold Pympe, Pimp Hall in Chingford was once a manor house visited by King Henry VIII while hunting nearby. The house itself and most of its farm buildings disappeared by the early 20th century, but the dovecote survived. This was in a bad state and had been vandalised, but has now been restored and opens to the public. It is a rare example of a timber-framed dovecote from this early period (late 16th/early 17th century) and has a picturesque setting in a Nature Reserve.

Join us for a visit to hear more and see inside!

2000 years of history: the world’s cultural capital

Friday 15 June 2018, 9.30 – 17.00 Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE

For over 2000 years London has been settled by traders, exiles and adventurers from overseas. The achievements of these individuals and their communities are reflected in the citys buildings and monuments. Their craftsmen and artists underpin much of what we appreciate in Londons vibrancy today.

This conference looks at the role of international heritage in perceptions of London as a great world city. It explores our understanding of Londons past, its global appeal, the value of heritage in rooting communities and its potential for strengthening the citys future.

The Heritage of London Trust’s Conservation Conference has been held every year since 1983 and is a unique occasion when all London local authorities are represented and the latest planning ideas and developments discussed.

For the morning session, the theme is Londons international history; for the afternoon session, the theme is heritage in a global city.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO


Robert Winder, Author
Migration: a history of shaping London

Sophie Jackson, Director of Research and Engagement, MOLA
Back through the mist: the London Mithraeum

Dr Miranda Kaufmann, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Africans in Tudor and Stuart London

Dr Linda Monckton, Head of Communities Research, Historic England
Worshipping London: the city’s diverse religious heritage

Dr Robert Blyth, National Maritime Museum
A seafaring city: London’s maritime heritage

Susie Cox, P&O Heritage Collection
Time & tide: the rise and fall of London’s docks

Dr Nicola Stacey, Director, Heritage of London Trust
London’s projects: Heritage of London Trust

Professor Les Back, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Bathed in feeling: the cultural life of Laurie Grove baths

Ellie Cook, Project Manager, Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative, London Borough of Lambeth
Working in partnership: Brixton horizons

Ian Foster, Historian
Hidden histories: the Moravians in London

Chris Elliott, Architectural Historian
Egyptian London: architecture inspired by Ancient Egypt

Dr Elain Harwood, Architectural Historian, Historic England
International architects in the 20th century

Philip Davies, Historian
London: global nexus

Emily Gee, London Planning Director, Historic England
Dealing with contested heritage

This conference is accredited by the CPD Standards Office.

This conference is generously supported by:

Gunnersbury Park visit

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 10.00 am – 11.00 am

Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane, London W3 8LQ

Gunnersbury Park has its origins in the 17th century when a Palladian mansion was built by John Webb, Inigo Jones’s protege. Two mansions were built in its place at the beginning of the 19th century, and the grounds were later remodelled by the financier Nathan Rothschild. In 1925 the estate became a public park, opened by Neville Chamberlain. Its historic buildings are now undergoing restoration, and the Heritage of London Trust has given a grant towards work on the south-eastern arch.

Our visit will begin at 10am with tea and coffee followed by a tour of the Large Mansion, the Grade II* Sidney Smirke Orangery and Gothic ruins. We will be shown around by the architect and the project manager.

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Apothecaries’ Hall Visit

Friday 10 November 2017, 10.00 – 11.30 am

Blackfriars Lane, EC4V 6EJ

Apothecaries’ Hall is the earliest surviving livery company hall in London, dating from 1672, just after the Great Fire. For 400 years the Apothecaries made and sold medicinal and pharmaceutical products from the hall, cultivating many of their ingredients at Chelsea Physic Garden up the river.

While the courtyard is open to the public, the interior is only open by special arrangement. Led by the Clerk, Nick Royle, we will visit the 17th century hall and see the Apothecaries’ fine collection of paintings as well as their arrays of fascinating objects associated with pharmaceutical production.

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pitzhanger Manor visit

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 9.00 – 10.30 am

Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 5EQ

Sir John Soane used his country house in Ealing – a 17th century house he rebuilt between 1800 and 1810 – as a weekend retreat and for entertainment. Here he experimented with new architectural ideas, such as the use of caryatids, canopy domes and elaborate paint schemes. The house is now undergoing major restoration. HOLT has given a grant towards