Save the date: 29 - 30 September 2020
This year’s regional study tour will be in Oxford, with accommodation and dinner at Jesus College, Turl Street. The tour will focus on the University where scholars, archivists, and architects will introduce drawing collections, and buildings from the 12th-century Christ Church Cathedral, to the Sultan Nazrin Shar building that was shortlisted for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize. On the last afternoon we offer a choice between a visit to Chipping Norton and James Gibbs’ Ditchley House, or the Romanesque Iffley Chapel and the ecclesiastical buildings at Cuddesdon with the architect Niall McLaughlin.
The first morning will be dedicated to contrasting colleges and their collections.
At Worcester College, we will be in the company of early modern experts Richard Hewlings and Geoffrey Tyack. Members will visit buildings by Sir George Clarke and four major architects: Hawksmoor, Wyatt, Keene and Burges. The Scott-Opler Fellow in Architectural History Emanuela Vai will introduce Clarke’s collection of architectural books and manuscripts in the library, and an architect from Niall McLaughlin Associates will discuss the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, shortlisted for the 2018 Stirling Prize.
Christ Church and Oxford Cathedral comprise perhaps Oxford’s grandest college. In the company of the Shuffrey Fellow in Mediaeval History, Karl Kinsella, members will visit the 12th century Cathedral. Archivists and librarians will show the architectural drawings in the Library, and Simon Bradley, the General Editor of Pevsner, Buildings of England series will introduce the college buildings of his alma mater.
Lunch will be held at the 14th-century Clore Old Library in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin. It sets the theme for an afternoon visiting places for the construction of knowledge, and thinking about patronage, starting with Gibbs’ Radcliffe Camera, and ending at the former John Radcliffe Infirmary site.
The Society’s Secretary and 20th century specialist Neal Shasore will introduce Giles Gilbert Scott’s Weston Library, that was recently restored and extended by Wilkinson Eyre. St John’s College’s new Library by Wright & Wright will be introduced by practitioner Clare Wright. Following this, Murray Fraser will discuss Herzog & Demeuron’s Blavatnik School, and Geoffrey Tyack will introduce the Radcliffe Observatory.
A drinks reception and dinner will be held in Jesus College where accommodation has been reserved.
Day Two begins with tours of Jesus College by alumna Caroline Stanford who is currently writing a guide to the College, Lincoln College Chapel and Quad, with Child-Shuffrey Fellow Mark Kirby who is researching the Chapel.
Members can then choose between two visits:
Tour A extends notions of ecclesiastical patronage with a collection of related buildings, starting with the exquisite 12th century Church of St Mary the Virgin, Iffley in the company of Penny Tyack. The Bishops of Oxford’s original Palace and Chapels are at Cuddesdon. After lunch at the Bat and Ball Inn, members will tour older buildings, discussed by 19th-century expert Tim Brittain-Catlin. Bishop King Edward Chapel will be introduced by its architect, Niall McLaughlin. The tour concludes with the 15th century Chantry Chapel of St Michael at Rycote.
Tour B extends our understanding of Oxford as an enduring centre for the application of knowledge in the construction of policy. Specialist in Elizabethan architecture, Malcolm Airs will introduce members to 16th-century Beckley Park that was originally built as a hunting lodge and remained with the Earls of Abingdon into the 20th century. This very private house, encircled by three moats, now houses the Beckley Foundation which researches the clinical benefits of psychotropic drugs. The Grade I listed house remains unaltered and unmodernised.
A self -guided tour of Chipping Norton will enable members to enjoy lunch in the town. After lunch Cambridge PhD candidate and Gibbs specialist Will Aslet will discuss Gibbs’ Ditchely Park. From the 17th century when Sir Henry Lee commissioned the Ditchley Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, to World War II when Churchill used the Baroque house as his official residence, Ditchely has persisted as a centre for power brokering. In 1958 the owner Sir David Wills established the Ditchley Foundation that promotes international relations, and which still owns the house today.
Further details and bookings opening at the beginning of March. If you would like to express interest before bookings opens please email the event organiser.
Explore last year's Annual Study Tour preview in this issue of The Architectural Historian:
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Download Delegate details here.
Email enquiries should be sent to the Conference Co-ordinator
Dr Ann-Marie Akehurst