World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015: PETER RYDER

Friday 27th February 2015, 6.00pm
Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham

“Faith, Stones & Mortar – New Light on Durham Churches”

The talk will explore the results of a series of archaeological assessments (1991-2008) carried out on behalf of the Diocese of Durham, covering all churches that are either medieval buildings or which stand on medieval sites. The assessments allowed reinterpretation of several major buildings and highlighted the fabric and features of special historical and archaeological importance so that future restoration and conservation work can be better informed.

Peter Ryder has been working as a Buildings Archaeologist in the North East since
the mid-1980s. He has a special interest in medieval buildings, both secular and ecclesiastical, and in medieval sculpture. With extensive experience in recording and analysing vernacular buildings, he has carried out many surveys and assessments for the Diocese of Durham, English Heritage and various local authorities. He has written several books on the subject, including ‘Historic Churches of County Durham’ (Durham County Council 2011), and he has been editor for the Northumberland Pevsner Architectural Guide (1992).

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre.

Please book your place, and confirm whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at

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