Date: 28th March 2020
Venue: Moffat Town Hall High St, Moffat DG10 9HF (Map here)
Free - AGM Only (Does not include Tour, Lunch or afternoon lectures)
£15 - Full Day (Tour, Lunch, AGM and afternoon lectures)
£6 - Afternoon Lectures Only
The day will consist of a walking tour led by Evelyn Atkins of the Moffat Heritage Trust, a light lunch, followed by our AGM held in the Category B listed Moffat Town Hall, which re-opened in 2013 following repairs carried out by the Moffat Town Hall Redevelopment Trust. In the afternoon, we will hear from Archie McConnel, secretary of Dumfries Archival Mapping Project (DAMP), titled "Mapping Moffat from the Clay of the Commonty to Imported Lime", which will reveal some of the treasures unearthed during the recent digitisation project, including the discovery of many 18th Century hand-drawn cartography maps of the area. Having set the context, this will be followed by a talk from Professor Peter Burman, MBE FSA who will give a lecture titled "Moffat - a precious historic environment on the threshold of climate change". The talk will place the special heritage assets and qualities of Moffat in the context of the global climate crisis, demonstrating how we as building professionals and enthusiasts can play a role in tackling the climate challenge.
10:00 - Arrival Reception and Registration, Moffat Town Hall. Coffee and tea provided
10:30 - 12:00 - Walking Tour - Evelyn Atkins, Moffat Heritage Trust. Please note that the nearby Moffat Museum will be open from 11 - 1pm for those attending the SPAB AGM. There may also be an opportunity to tour Archbald Moffatt House between 10.30 and 12.00 for those not doing the full walking tour.
12:00 - Lunch, Moffat Town Hall.
13:00 - AGM, Moffat Town Hall.
14:00 - Mapping Moffat, From the Clay of the Commonty to Imported Lime - Archie McConnel, Secretary, Dumfries Archival Mapping Project.
15:00 - Moffat - A Precious Historic Environment on the Threshold of Climate Change - Professor Peter Burman, MBE FSA
16:00 - Event close.
We hope that some of the group will join us for informal drinks afterwards at the nearby Buccleuch Arms.
Walking Tour by Evelyn Atkins, Moffat Heritage Trust
Upon leaving the Town Hall and walking up Academy Road, we will admire the two oldest houses in Moffat, Hopetoun and Archbald Moffatt House, (there may be an opportunity to tour Archbald Moffatt House). We will then have a look at Beechgrove, Hope Johnstone Park, then Eastgate developed 1790’s. From there, we will climb to see the houses of Hartfell Crescent in the uppermost part of the town, follow the path through the wood to the villas of Haywood Road and Well Road. The group will then be led back into the town via the picturesque Well Street to the Old Churchyard and remaining medieval Parish Church gable, highlighting the location of SPAB and Moffat Heritage Trust upcoming training events 17th to 22nd April and where Scotland Officer Tyler Lott will speak about our plans briefly. Crossing the road, we will see St. Andrews Church, which replaced (but one) Moffat old Parish Church. Finally, we will amble up the High Street back to the town Hall, where warm soup and sandwiches will await us for lunch.
No special equipment is required, however we ask that you please dress appropriately for the March weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. The distance covered in the walking tour will include plenty of passes to admire the buildings, it will also be at pace to get around in 1.5 hours.
Mapping Moffat, From the Clay of the Commonty to Imported Lime by Archie McConnel, Secretary, Dumfries Archival Mapping Project (DAMP)
Archie McConnel will be talking about the general patterns of building procurement behaviour which are pretty much the same now as they always have been in terms of price and availability. He will also be taking a look at the difference between past specification and how it is currently done. The acquisition of building materials changes as a town increases in size and as transport develops. This can be readily seen using pre-Ordnance Survey maps showing the growth of the town as well as the sources of the raw materials. All this will be directly related to the history and topography of Moffat and the surrounding area.
Moffat - A Precious Historic Environment on the Threshold of Climate Change lecture by Professor Peter Burman, MBE FSA
This talk will be a celebration of the special heritage assets and qualities of this remarkable Border town, which our speaker has known for two decades and often been there, stayed there, and photographed it. Dr Burman will place the town of Moffat in the context of the most terrible crisis that our world has experienced in historical times. Building construction is responsible for a huge percentage of our total global carbon emissions. What can we do about it? We can use traditional and local building materials, and especially we should use lime rather than Portland cement. We should plan to reduce land-take, build less, build better and build to last. We should focus on the maintenance and repair of our existing building stock. Where opportunity or necessity offers the possibility we should re-purpose it. We should seek to improve its performance and to enhance its appearance. Our innumerable historic villages and towns should focus on retaining and enhancing environments which are 'beautiful, peaceful and fruitful', to use Ruskin's words. We should plant as many trees as possible in and around our settlements, well-chosen and interesting species, and thoughtfully placed so as to complement the historic environment.
Professor Peter Burman read History of Art at the University of Cambridge. He became Assistant Director of the Council for the Care of Churches and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, then Deputy, then Director from 1978-1990. During that time he became active in the work of the Victorian Society, the Georgian Group and the SPAB; he was a British Council Specialist Visitor in (then) Czechoslovakia, Latvia and Poland; he and Marcus Binney organised the ground-breaking exhibition at the V&A called Change & Decay, the Future of Our Churches, which led to two books and later a book on St Paul's Cathedral. He Chaired the Fabric Advisory Committee of St Paul's Cathedral for twenty years and the FAC of Lincoln Cathedral for seven years. From 1990-2002 he was Director of the inter-disciplinary Centre for Conservation Studies at the University of York where he had every year 30 or more students from around the world, and a small talented community of doctoral students. He developed a great love of Scotland, where he led regular study tours from York, and in 2002 he fulfilled an ambition by becoming Director of Conservation & Property Services of the National Trust for Scotland, establishing himself in Scotland, where he feels very much at home. He now works independently as an Arts and Heritage Consultant, and was Arts Adviser to Lincoln Cathedral for ten years. He was a founding trustee of SAVE Britain's Heritage for 41 years. He founded the Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields and was also founder-Chair of the Building Limes Forum. He had been a Guardian of SPAB for many years until the end of 2019, when he also ceased to be Chair of SPAB Scotland. He is a trustee of the Falkland Stewardship Trust, Chair of the Falkland Society and a Community Councillor. His most demanding role at present is being one of the Directors of the Guild of St George, founded by John Ruskin in 1871. Ruskin, he says, has never been more relevant in his teachings and his principles than now.
From Glasgow via bus: 09:15 from Buchanan Bus Station (Stance 7) X74 towards Dumfries. Arrive in Moffat at 10.44am. (If you are planning on getting this bus, please inform us at email@example.com and we will arrange a meeting point to join the walking tour)
There are frequent trains from London, Glasgow and Edinburgh to Lockerbie and a bus service from Lockerbie to Moffat High Street.
From the south: Take the M6 heading for Carlisle then the A74(M) to Glasgow/Edinburgh. Exit at Junction 15 for Beattock/Moffat.
From Glasgow: Take the M8 heading to Edinburgh then follow the M74 and A74(M) to Dumfries and Galloway. Take exit 15 from the A74(M) and follow the signs to Moffat town centre.
From Edinburgh: Either follow A702 and A74(M) to Dumfries and Galloway, then take exit 15 from the A74(M) and follow the signs to Moffat town centre or Follow the A701 Scenic Route from Edinburgh to Moffat.
Distances/approximate time by car from Moffat:
Glasgow 55m/88km 1hr
Edinburgh 50m/80km 1hr
Carlisle 40m/64km 40min
Newcastle 70m/112km 2hr
Stranraer 88m/140 2hr 30m
Manchester 160m/256km 2hr 30m
London 360m/576km 5hr 30m
There is parking throughout the high street, some of which is free.
SPAB Scotland are very grateful for the support of Moffat Heritage Trust in organising this event.
Accessibility: Moffat Town Hall provides access for all. However, if you or your guest have accessibility requirements, please contact us to discuss your specific needs.
As long as there is space on the event, we usually allow you to book for both yourself and a guest. When completing the booking form, you will be asked to select the number of people and put in your own details on the first page, then to put in your second person's details on the next page. The event fee shown on each of these pages is for the individual person - you will be shown the total amount due once you get to the summary page.
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