IDENTITY AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHWEST ENGLAND

Issue date: 30 June 2004


ISSUE DATE: 30/06/04

A one-day conference organized by the Regional History Centre, University of the West of England, (UWE), on 10 July 2004, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

This conference will focus on several key buildings in the Southwest, and their historical significance for the region.

Organiser Madge Dresser (Co-Director of UWE's Regional History Centre) says, “Our sense of belonging to a locality stems in part from the buildings around us. This conference explores the history of some of the more notable aspects of our built environment and how they have helped shape our identity. Think of country houses like Tyntesfield, the gracious buildings of Bath or the White Horse scoured into a West Country hillside and consider what they convey to us about our sense of place. This conference features some of the latest research about how bridges, buildings and other man-made constructions have been used to fashion our image of ourselves.”

All are welcome - researchers, local historians, teachers and anyone interested in the history of the built environment.

The speakers include:

Peter Borsay (University of Wales, Lampeter): ‘Towns, Temples and Heroes: negotiating identities in Monmouth and Bath 1700-1900’
Francis Greenacre (formerly of Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery): ‘Tyntesfield, William Gibbs and the Gothic’
Samuel Smiles and Caroline Atkinson (University of Plymouth): ‘Continuity and Change: Medieval Antiquity and Modern Patronage at Exeter Cathedral 1750-1790’
Elaine Chalus (Bath Spa University): ‘Women and the Country House in the South West'
David Jeremiah (University of Plymouth): ‘Shinner's Bridge and Dartington Hall: A Paradigm of Beautiful Devon’
Brian Edwards (UWE): ‘The Scouring of the White Horse’
Barb Drummond (Independent Scholar): ‘Death and the Bristol Bridge’

The conference will take place on Saturday 10 July 2004 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the historic St Matthias campus of the University of the West of England. Cost: including lunch, teas and coffees £20 (waged) £15 (student or unwaged).

For further information contact: Madge.Dresser@uwe.ac.uk or ring Janet Garland at 01179 32 84529.

-ENDS-

Editor’s notes

The conference takes place at:-

St Matthias Campus
Oldbury Court Road
Fishponds
Bristol
BS16 2JP

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