The Society makes grants twice every year towards research into architectural history, and towards the publication of new works of architectural history.
Recent Awards include:
Amy Boyington, PhD candidate, Cambridge University – Research Grant, £395
Amy’s doctoral research investigates the extent to which elite women of the eighteenth century commissioned architectural works in Britain and the extent to which the type and scale of their projects were dictated by their marital status.
As such the SAHGB Research Grant will be used to consult the correspondence of Anne Robinson (1742-c.1815) of Saltram House, Plymouth. Despite being unmarried and dependent, during her lifetime Anne was able to pursue her architectural and aesthetic ambitions both at Saltram and at her London properties. By consulting her numerous letters Anne’s previously overlooked architectural agency will be brought to light.
Dr Graham Cairns, Senior Visiting Research Scholar, Columbia University, New York – Research Grant, £500.
This research being supported by the SAHGB is a comparative UK–US analysis of the use of architecture in political imagery. It suggests that our analysis of architecture and its relationship with politics has underestimated the importance of pictorial imagery. The White House, Washington DC, the Parliament Buildings, or 10 Downing Street, London, for example, are buildings historically experienced through representations, whether that be in painting, engravings, prints and sketches or, today, through televisual imagery. This research seeks to explore how this domain ace of imagery has repeatedly informed the evolution of architecture in both countries. The SAHGB grant is facilitating visits to relevant archives in the United Kingdom.
Dr Christine Hui Lan Manley, Lecturer, Leicester School of Architecture - Publication Grant £510.
Frederick Gibberd was a pioneering architect of the Modern Movement in Britain. Practising as an architect, town planner and landscape architect, he developed a strong visual approach to design which led many to question his place in narratives of modern architecture. This research examines Gibberd’s diverse and far-reaching works to reveal that his visual approach put him at the forefront of the development of a softer, English form of modern architecture and town planning. The SAHGB Publication Grant will go towards image reproduction costs for the forthcoming book on Frederick Gibberd, published by Historic England and the Twentieth Century Society.
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