The SPAB and William Weir

The SPAB and William Weir

A prerecorded online lecture presented as part of the Explore Your Archive 2020 festival

20/11/2020 - 27/11/2020
Introductory, General Interest
Virtual event: held online
United Kingdom

Free for all members and non-members.

Event details

The SPAB and William Weir
Explore Your Archive 2020

20 - 27 November 2020
Prerecorded Online Lecture
Free - registration required

This year’s Explore Your Archive festival takes place between 21 and 29 November, when the SPAB will be celebrating the work of architect William Weir and marking 70 years since his death in 1950.  Perhaps best known for his repair of landmark buildings such as Eastbury Manor in Barking, and Tattershall and Bodiam Castles, as well as a great many smaller buildings and churches countrywide, Weir was closely associated with SPAB’s co-founder Philip Webb, and with the Society for much of his career.  

Michael Drury, senior partner at St. Ann’s Gate Architects and author of ‘Wandering Architects’, will present a prerecorded online lecture about the life and career of the pioneering architect and SPAB caseworker, William Weir (1865-1950). The SPAB Archive houses a collection of Weir’s notebooks and reports, and our historic casework files contain many of his papers on the buildings that he visited on behalf of the Society and the repair works that were carried out. A selection from these archives will form an online exhibition to complement this talk.

The lecture is free to view, but please register your place in advance. Donations are welcome.
The prerecorded lecture will be available to view from 20 - 27 November 2020.

Explore Your Archive is an annual initiative by the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland) that helps public and private organisations showcase hidden gems from their collections. Through our blog and online activities we will share highlights from the extensive architectural notes and sketches William Weir created on his site visits and projects for the SPAB, and explore his extraordinary contribution to both the Society’s work and the practice of building repair and conservation. 

IT requirements: Please note that this is an online lecture and will be held via a webinar platform. You will be sent instructions on how to join the session the day before the lecture. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio.

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

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