FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020 AT 2 PM – 4 PM

Falkland Craft Symposium, Day Four

A window into the world of Craftsmanship as expressed through a rural Estate in Fife committed to sustainability, and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded by William Morris in 1877 with the strong support of John Ruskin. This is the fifth Craft Symposium hosted by the Falkland Centre for Stewardship and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and supported by Ruskin’s Guild of St George (founded in 1871), the Art Workers’ Guild (founded in 1884) and the Building Limes Forum.

Due to the restrictions in place as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the annual Falkland Craft Symposium will be held online. The programme will run from Tuesday 18th-Friday 21st August, with lectures everyday at 14.00-16.00. Please sign up individually for each day. Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged and gratefully received. CLICK TO BOOK TICKETS.

Day Four Programme:

Convener: Jamie McNamara, Conservation Adviser, Chair of SPAB Scotland

14.00-14.10 Opening remarks by Convener

14.10-14.40 Tim Meek, former SPAB William Morris Craft Fellow, currently PhD researcher at Stirling University, Evidence-based conservation of buildings constructed of traditional building materials [tbc]

14.40-14.50 Opportunity for comments and questions

14.50-15.20 Nic Boyes, Stone Conservation Consultant: Temple of Decision on the Falkland Estate by Alexander Roos, rescuing it from the brink of complete collapse, the value of ‘curated ruins’

15.20-15.30 Opportunity for comments and questions

15.30-15.40 Opportunity for general discussion, able to run on if needed

15.40-16.00 Final presentation

Peter Burman, supported by Jessica Hunnisett: John Ruskin in Scotland, an introduction, and a discussion of the consequences of his unsuccessful attempt to prevent the re-roofing of Dunblane Cathedral – now the Cathedral of the ‘Scottish Arts & Crafts Movement’

16.00-16.10 Opportunity for comments and questions

16.15 Winding up of the fifth Falkland Crafts Symposium by Jamie McNamara

16.20 Finish

About the Symposium:

Beginning in 2016, the Falkland Centre for Stewardship has initiated a series of Craft Symposia, in August, of which this is the fifth. The Symposia have from the beginning been supported by the SPAB and have included the participation of the Society’s William Morris Craft Fellows and the SPAB Scholars who are generally architects, building surveyors or engineers. They have also been generously supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland.

Previous Symposia have included a mix of serious intellectual discourse with practical craft activities covering different fields every year. The traditional buildings materials of Britain (stone, earth, brick, plaster, timber, thatch, glass) and the skills associated with them such as how to produce and use lime for the all-important purposes of pointing, plastering or harling, and decoration.

This year the Crafts Symposium is perforce a virtual event but we hope that it will have some of the flavour of previous symposia in combining thoughtful reflections across the materials and skills with contributions from craftspeople working in various fields as well as from conservation professionals and historians.

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