Pugin celebration in Ramsgate

Pugin experts will be speaking at a celebration in Ramsgate this Wednesday 5th April 2017 from 18.30 – 20.00 in The Cartoon Room, The Grange, St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9NY.

CREAte, the Centre for Research in European Architecture at the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, will be hosting a celebration to honour their successful collaboration with The Pugin Society and Thanet District Council. The occasion marks the publication of a new book, Gothic Revival Worldwide: AWN Pugin’s Global Influence, edited by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin of the Centre together with major international scholars.

The book is the next stage of a collaboration that began with a conference held at the University of Kent in 2012 to mark the bicentenary of Pugin’s birth. The conference was a collaboration between the Centre, the Pugin Society and the District Council which brought experts and enthusiasts to Ramsgate from all over the world including the leading Pugin scholar, the late Margaret Belcher, from Christchurch, New Zealand.

These activities have helped to increase interest and appreciation of the valuable architectural heritage of Ramsgate and Thanet, and are a further sign of the Centre’s commitment to local groups.

Dr David Haney, the Director of CREAte, said:

‘We are honoured that the eminent Pugin scholar Lady Alexandra Wedgwood will be in attendance. Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt from CASE will give a talk on his work on the Houses of Parliament, and Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin on the Gothic Revival’.

Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt, who has contributed a chapter to the book, is an expert on the building of Pugin’s Palace of Westminster and is acting as a consultant for the proposed major restoration works.

 

Celebrating the Gothic Revival Worldwide

CREAte are proud to announce that Leuven University Press has published their new book Gothic Revival Worldwide: A.W.N. Pugin’s Global Influence, edited by Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Jan de Maeyer and Martin Bressani. This high quality, fully illustrated, 256-page book will become an authoritative volume on the history of the nineteenth-century gothic revival from Canada to China, Australia and the South Pacific.

The book developed from CREAte’s acclaimed 2012 international conference New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide which attracted leading scholars from all over the globe. Contributors include Professor Stephen Bann on his newly discovered portrait of the teenage Pugin and the Parisian milieu in which it was drawn, and Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt on the architectural and scientific principles in the design of the Palace of Westminster.

Both conference and book launched prestigious new partnerships for CREAte. Co-editor Professor Jan de Maeyer is director of KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre for Religion, Culture and Society at KU Leuven, and Professor Martin Bressani is Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture in Montreal. The book is published in Leuven University Press’ KADOC Artes series.

Details of the book can be found at: http://upers.kuleuven.be/en/book/9789462700918

The book is dedicated to Alexandra Wedgwood and the late Margaret Belcher, the two most influential Pugin scholars, and CREAte would also like to thank Thanet District Council and The Pugin Society for its continuing partnership.