posted on 08/08/18
The subject of the event – conservation, restoration and the future of the built environment – will be of widespread interest to those who appreciate buildings and who care about the quality of the space in which we live.
In this respect, Liverpool is our apt choice of location, having more listed buildings than any other city in the UK outside London and UNESCO world heritage status. The symposium is held at Bluecoat, the oldest standing building in the city centre, with a private reception in the remarkable Grade 1-listed Town Hall. Accommodation is provided in a choice of city centre hotels.
Our ambit is by no means parochial; it ranges from the triumphant preservation of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri library in Russia, to managing monuments in the conflict zones of the Middle East; from saving Wentworth Woodhouse (see above) and other stars of England’s northern architectural heritage to the real threat posed by cruise ships in Venice.
For each of the chosen topics we promise a speaker of the highest calibre. The line-up includes those at the helm of campaigns and success stories, such as Sir Simon Jenkins, Simon Thurley, Marcus Binney and John Darlington.
Sir Donald Insall, one of the leading conservation architects of the 20th century, has overseen numerous significant projects over the last 60 years, among them the remarkable restoration of Windsor Castle following the fire of 1992. He comments:
‘The heart-wrenching news about the Glasgow School of Art alerts us once again to the dangers of fire. And not only in the daily hazards at normal times, but in those at less ordinary moments. Then too, the philosophical quandaries of accepting accidents or guiding change, in those very-special places and buildings whose identity can mean so much to us all… it will be a valuable opportunity to hear and talk about these challenges when we are together in Liverpool.’