Source: The Cornish Buildings Group
Conference 2015 CALL FOR PAPERS
The Cornish Buildings Group in conjunction with Cornwall Heritage Trust, Yale University Press and the National Trust welcome abstracts for a forthcoming two-day inter-disciplinary conference to be held in either Falmouth or Truro on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March 2015
‘Only a Cornishman would have the endurance to carve intractable granite’: Cornwall’s architecture and architectural legacy."
Scattered amongst Cornwall’s beautiful, yet often inhospitable, scenery and harsh industrial landscapes are hundreds of grand country houses ─many with important decorative interiors; significant military buildings and coastal defences; intact industrial and commercial buildings that reflect the county’s long tradition of mineral extraction; copious amounts of early domestic dwellings; unspoilt churches with surviving monuments and associated church houses; well-preserved medieval towns with impressive Georgian and Victorian additions and, of course, wonderful gardens many with accomplished architectural features.
Nikolaus Pevsner‘s opening words in his Buildings of England Series guide to Cornwall (1950) are ‘Cornwall possesses little of the highest aesthetic quality though much that is lovable and much that is moving’. This conference will challenge these words by exploring both the comforting nature of Cornish buildings and the aesthetic details that make them noteworthy. Indeed, Cornwall has a significant number of listed buildings, some by major named architects, such as, James Gibbs, Edwin Lutyens, John Nash, George Gilbert Scott, J.D. Sedding, John Soane, George Edmund Street, Phillip Tilden, Sir Robert Taylor, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers; others by significant out of county architects like Thomas Edwards, William White and George Wightwick and many by the local architects including Richard Coad, James Hicks, Henry Rice, Edmund and E.H. Sedding, J.P. St Aubyn and Silvanus Trevail. Three generations on from the first edition ‘Pevsner’ a new edition written by the Rev. Dr. Peter Beacham celebrates Cornwall’s architectural heritage proving that Cornwall has a rich and varied architectural heritage and examples of some of the most important building types in the country.
This two day conference will celebrate the new Pevsner guide of Cornwall. The conference themes will draw on the original philosophy of the Pevsner series.
Abstracts of 250 words are welcome on all aspects on Cornish architecture including
· Cornwall’s architecture and architectural development from prehistoric times to the present day.
· Provincial building styles and local architects and their work
· Cornish architectural historiography and bibliography
· Historic towns and town planning
· The Gothic Revival in Cornwall
· Reshaping the nature of Cornish architecture during the 19th century
· The setting of architecture within Cornwall and architectural gardens and landscapes
· The building stones of Cornwall
· The business, control and management of architectural heritage
· The future of Cornish buildings
· The correlation between building and economy
· What makes Cornish architecture different from the rest of the country
Abstracts or enquiries should be sent to Paul Holden, FSA. c/o Lanhydrock House, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for abstracts 31 August 2014
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