Our next lecture on Tuesday 14th March 2017 is:
"A very dangerous work": Sir Gilbert Scott and the Restoration of Ripon Cathedral
Lecturer: David Winpenny
Sir George Gilbert Scott was the most famous and prolific architect of the 19th century. Scott's career is outlined in this talk, from his early days as a designer of workhouses, through his awakening to Gothic architecture by reading Pugin, to his knighthood and his burial in Westminster Abbey.
Perhaps best known today for the Albert Memorial and the Midland Hotel at St Pancras, Scott was celebrated in his day as a designer of churches (including All Souls, Halifax) and a restorer of cathedrals. He also designed the Leeds General Infirmary, built between 1864 and 1867. Concurrently, Scott was working on Ripon Cathedral, which is used as an example of his restoration work, which attracted criticism later in his career, notably from William Morris. However, Scott's Ripon restoration shows how his intervention could be sensitive and careful (and vital to stop imminent collapse) though occasionally cavalier.
David Winpenny is a freelance lecturer and writer, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society and was a finalist in BBC Mastermind in 1999.
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