Ruskin & Conservation - Saving St Petrock's

Ruskin & Conservation - Saving St Petrock's: SPAB Spring Lecture Series 2019

SPAB Spring Lecture Series 2019

14/03/2019 - 14/03/2019
Introductory, General Interest, Leisure Learning
St. Botolph Without Bishopsgate
United Kingdom

£11 per person per lecture for non-members or £10 per person per lecture for members. The fee includes an informal wine reception after the lecture.

Event details

In Spring 2019, the SPAB will mark the 200th  anniversary of John Ruskin’s birth with a series of talks and events celebrating his legacy and exploring his continuing influence on conservation today.

Registration opens at 18.15 for a 18.30 start. Lectures are followed by an informal wine reception.

Thursday 14 March - Ruskin & Conservation: Saving St Petrock’s, Parracombe
Meriel O'Dowd (Churches Conservation Trust)

Ruskin’s ‘anti-restoration’ ideas about the treatment of old buildings profoundly affected William Morris, whose SPAB Manifesto echoes his “Seven Lamps of Architecture” (1849). When, in 1877, Devon vicar, the Revd P N Leakey, enlisted the SPAB’s support to build a new church to save historic St Petrock’s from the need for damaging alterations, Ruskin was among the subscribers.  Meriel O’Dowd takes up the story of the church’s rescue and long term care.

Other lectures in this series include:

Thursday 7 March - Ruskin & the idea of Craftsmanship
Professor Peter Burman (SPAB)

Thursday 21 March - Ruskin & the Land: The Guild of St George & Ruskin Land
John Iles (Ruskin Land) & Jenny Robbins (Guild of St George)

Thursday 28 March  Ruskin & Venice: An enduring influence on conservation
A forum exploring John Ruskin’s writings on Venice and their continuing influence on conservation thinking and practice in the city and around the world. Chaired by John Sell (Europa Nostra) with Gillian Darley (architectural writer) and an expert panel.


For information about other events taking place during the Ruskin Bicentenary year, go to

Booking Terms & Conditions

Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.