Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series 2015: MARTIN ROBERTS

Wednesday 16th December 2015, 6.30pm
Venue: Room PG20 Pemberton Building, Palace Green, Durham


“The Buildings and Landscapes of Durham University:Our Shared Heritage”

The foundation of Durham University in 1832 started a process of physical change that the city had not experienced since the Norman Conquest, not only on the historic peninsula but also in the surrounding streets and countryside. Wherever change took place, university architects invariably had to assimilate into their designs the dramatic topography of the city and its central eyecatcher, Durham Cathedral. The lecture will explore the buildings and landscapes that are the inseparable components of Durham University and ask whether these often uplifting and beautiful places could be shared more widely for the enjoyment of even more people.

Martin trained as an architect at Newcastle University, and later specialised in conservation. His professional career lasted 36 years, first with Durham City Council and later as Historic Buildings Inspector for English Heritage in the North East. His research has been published in local and national journals on architectural and garden history, he has written various books on Durham City and Durham University and he lectures extensively throughout the region. He is currently Secretary (and founder) of the North East Vernacular Architecture Group, committee member of the Northumbria Gardens Trust, and member of both the Durham Diocesan Advisory Committee on Churches and Durham Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London. At the moment he is working on a revision of Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England volume on County Durham.

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

Please note that places for this lecture are limited. Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk.

Would you also let Raffaella know whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes.

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