This year’s Autumn Study Tour will be held in the Cities of London and Westminster, a compact and compelling stage for much of the best of British architecture. The programme will commence on Friday morning and will concentrate initially on the area of Thorney Island, culminating with the Palace of Westminster. Saturday will be dedicated to the City of Westminster and is proposed to include the Royal Courts of Justice, St Mary le Strand and the Royal Palaces. The day will conclude with the Annual Dinner. Sunday will be spent in the City of London, visiting historic highlights, including Wren’s City Churches and St Paul's Cathedral (including the Cathedral Library, Geometric Staircase and Great Model), and modern residential and commercial developments from the Barbican to the Walkie Talkie.
The Cities of London and Westminster Study Tour will be led by Professor Neil Jackson, the President of the SAHGB. The tour will be non-residential and will use public transport.
The tour replaces the Solway Study Tour, as previously advertised. We regret that it has not been possible to run this due to unforeseen operational reasons beyond our control. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Further details about the itinerary and the announcement for bookings will be included in a future bulletin. Student and early career bursaries will be available to cover the cost of attendance.
London and Westminster*
* items are subject to change and booking will be available shortly.
The 2018 Autumn Study Tour will be held in the Cities of London and Westminster, a compact and compelling stage for much of the best of British architecture. It will be led by Professor Neil Jackson, the President of the SAHGB.
The Study Tour will begin with the AGM, welcome and guest lecture on the morning of Friday 7thSeptember, followed by walking tours in the afternoon. Two more days of visits will follow on the Saturday and Sunday. The Study Tour will conclude at 16.30 on the afternoon of the Sunday 9thSeptember.
Delegates will be required to provide their own accommodation. A day travel ticket, Oyster card or Freedom Pass will be needed for the duration of the event as public transport will be used throughout the tour. Delegates will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch on the Friday and Saturday at times allocated in the itinerary. As we are in central London, where there are multiple food outlets, this will not be included in the Study Tour cost. However, lunch will be provided as part of the Sunday tour. Delegates will also be required to have photographic ID with them throughout the tour, or access into certain buildings may be denied.
Tour notes will be provided digitally in a PDF format before the event.
There will also be a number of student/early career researcher positions available for the Study Tour. Please apply, or encourage eligible applicants to apply.
There will be a choice of one of three alternative tours on the Friday afternoon; places are limited on each tour so book early to avoid disappointment. The tours will focus on Sir Herbert Baker and Sir Edwin Lutyens in Westminster, Westminster School, and Westminster Abbey (including attendance at Choral evensong).
Saturday will be spent in the City of Westminster. The itinerary will include amongst other buildings, Somerset House, the Royal Courts of Justice and St James’s Palace. Sunday, in the City of London, will begin with Wren Churches, the Barbican and Golden Lane, and modern skyscrapers. The afternoon will comprise a behind-the-scenes tour of St Paul’s Cathedral organised especially for the SAHGB. The tour will take place between 14.30 and 16.30. Once the tour has started it will not be possible to leave before the end time. Please accommodate this in any travel arrangements, and let the conference coordinator know if it is not possible for you to attend.
On the Friday evening there will be a drinks reception at the Houses of Parliament, which will be included as part of the tour cost. Entry will be on the production of an invitation which will be supplied to delegates during the afternoon tours.
The annual dinner, also included in the cost, will take place on the Saturday evening.
Please note that there is a significant amount of walking will be involved. Please contact the Conference Coordinator if you are concerned or have problems with mobility.
SAHGB Liability and Disability Access Policy
In common with other societies and in line with current legislation, the Society has adopted the following policy on its own liabilities and on the provision that it will make for those with special needs.
Events organised by the Society inevitably involve the provision of access to buildings and other locations that are associated with risks to personal and collective safety. Members and guests participate in events at their own risk. The Society will do its best to minimise such risks but neither it nor its officers accept any liability arising from its activities. The Society also reserves the right to refuse access to its events (or to any part of an event) to any member or guest who, in the judgment of a member of its Executive Committee or the event organiser, puts the safety of that individual or of other participants at risk.
The Society naturally wishes to offer access to its events to all members and guests and is compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (2005). Disabled persons wishing to attend events should contact the Events Officer or Conference Coordinator (as appropriate) at the time of application for a discussion of the practicability of the itinerary and of any special arrangements that may need to be made, which the Society will do its best to accommodate. It cannot undertake to accommodate the special needs of disabled persons who do not contact its officers in advance of events and it may, for reasons of safety and liability described above, refuse such persons participation in parts or all of its events.
Email enquiries should be sent to the Conference Secretary,
Dr Joanne O'Hara