THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2020 AT 2 PM – 4 PM

Falkland Craft Symposium, Day Three

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 Three Programme:

14.00-14.10: Opening remarks by Convener Jessica Hunnisett, SPAB Lethaby Scholar, District Surveyor for Properties in Care in the West Central Region of Scotland for Historic Environment Scotland.

14.10-14.40: William Napier, building surveyor, early training as plasterer at Leonard Grandison & Co: Part I of Tradesmen, Architects & Artists – changing patterns of production in 19th century plasterwork, the House of Falkland being a good example

14.40:  Q&A

14.50-15.20:  Steven Blench, conservator and specialist in historic plasterwork, Part II of Tradesmen, Architects & Artists – changing patterns of production in 19th century plasterwork, looking more closely at those involved in the House of Falkland

15.20-15.30: Q&A

15.30-15.45: Opportunity for general discussion

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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