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Walking on a Work of Art (SPAB study day on historic floors 8 June 2016)

SPAB study day on historic floors, which will take place on 8 June at Canterbury Cathedral.

Historic floors are not just functional features of a building but can be works of art in their own right, often demonstrating skilled craftsmanship and incorporating decorative materials or features.  Through a combination of lectures and case studies, including the cosmati pavements at Canterbury and Westminster Abbey, the day will explore the significance of historic floors and technical aspects of maintaining and repairing these works of art, which are constantly worn by the feet of worshippers and visitors.  The event will include a walking tour of the cathedral to think about these issues on site.

To complement the study day, SPAB are also offering two hands-on workshops on 9 June where, with expert guidance, participants can explore the techniques and materials of medieval tile making and mosaic floor laying.

See the SPAB website for more information:

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Event: C20 Twentieth century buildings in the Birmingham suburbs 20th June

Birmingham is well known for its modernist city centre and its thorough reconstruction in the 1990s and later, but perhaps it is less celebrated for the remarkable concrete and modern glass churches in its suburbs.

The C20 NW Group will explore these on Saturday 20 June 2015, as well as visiting some lesser known Arts and Crafts sites. There will also be a chance to see the Modernist Face exhibition at the Barber Institute for Fine Arts.

The itinerary includes two important 1960s churches by Richard Gilbert Scott: St Thomas More, Sheldon, and Our Lady Help of Christians, Kitts Green. Gavin Stamp, in the C20 Society’s 100 Buildings 100 Years, described the latter as ‘one of the most successful of modern Roman Catholic churches in England’.

Less well known is St Peter’s, Hall Green (Norman T. Rider, 1964): like a modern French concrete church flown into Birmingham, complete with splendid French dalle de verre glass.

There will also be a stop at Queen’s College, Edgbaston (Holland Hobbiss, 1929-30) and the Barber Institute. The former is an interwar college – Arts and Crafts neo-Georgian, with a pretty ‘early Christian’ style chapel and with humane 1960s additions by John Madin; the latter is a subtle Art Deco art gallery and theatre with a splendid auditorium, which was the architect Robert Atkinson’s masterwork.

Lunch will be at a Grade II-listed roadhouse of 1929, the Black Horse in Northfield, which was built to resemble a Tudor mansion – think Little Moreton Hall. Other local food outlets will also be available.

More details and booking at

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Talk: Decorative Tiles in West Yorkshire. 02 Jun 2015


Huddersfield Civic Society.

An Illustrated Talk by Hans Van Lemmen

7.30pm Tuesday 2 June 2015

Reception Room, Huddersfield Town Hall.

TACS Members Welcome. 

Hans Van Lemmen, acknowledged as one of the country’s leadingexperts in the history of tiles and architectural ceramics. Hans is President of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, has curated several exhibitions and has written extensively about tiles and architectural ceramics. His numerous books include Tiles in Architecture (1993), Delftware Tiles (1997), and 700 Years of English Tiles (2010) and, for Shire publications, Medieval Tiles, Victorian Tiles, Twentieth Century Tiles, Architectural Ceramics, Ceramic Roofware, Art Nouveau Tiles, and Art Deco Tiles.

Hans’ illustrated lecture will look at production techniques, manufacturers, designers, themes and subjects and applications in 19th, 20th and 21st century architecture in towns such as Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield.

The extensive use of decorative tiles for both internal and external applications is one of the delights for those who enjoy looking at our architectural heritage. As the development of new production methods (such as encaustic and dust-pressed tiles, stencils, transfer printing, and photolithography) developed in the 19thcentury, decorative tiles became more affordable and widely used. Industrialization and the Arts and Crafts movement encouraged more designers and artists to explore this artistic medium and Hans will illustrate the rich legacy that has been preserved in the region.


This event is run by the Huddersfield Civic Society and TACS has no association with this event.
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