Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age

WILLIAM MORRIS AND THE FOUNDING OF THE BUILDING CONSERVATION MOVEMENT

January 25, 2020 14.15 at The Coach House, Kelmscott House

In 1877, William Morris and Philip Webb, alarmed by the destructive “restoration” of ancient buildings that was occurring in Victorian England, together founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Morris pleaded for “Protection in the place of Restoration”; he thought all restoration was a “feeble and lifeless forgery.” Morris adopted the role of honorary secretary and treasurer of the SPAB, and was a vigorous advocate for the protection of buildings both at home and abroad from restoration. In this lecture Philip Venning will reveal the extent of Morris’s involvement in the early work and campaigns of the SPAB.

Philip Venning was Chief Executive of the SPAB for many years and has also served on the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund. He now travels widely as a lecturer accredited by the Arts Society.

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