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News and Notices from the VAG and other groups or organisations.

A Day at Home in Early Modern England

Christopher Gilbert Lecture by Dr Catherine Richardson at The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, 2.30pm on Saturday 29 November 2014. Catherine Richardson is Reader in Renaissance Studies at the University of Kent; she and Tara Hamling, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, have a book forthcoming with Yale University Press about how the ‘middling sort’ used domestic spaces and objects in early modern England. They are developing new methods for the study of domestic material culture and examining how people experienced their living spaces and furnishings – from bed chambers and warming pans to apostle spoons and chamber pots. Their research will be the subject of her lecture. Organised by the Regional Furniture Society, cost £12 for non-members.

August 2014

Vernacular Architecture Project in Derbyshire

Your Hidden Heritage is an exciting project focusing on the fascinating built environment of north-east Derbyshire. As part of Heritage Lottery-funded Landscape Partnership scheme Limestone Journeys, the project is working with local people, communities and landowners to look after, learn about and celebrate the architectural heritage of the area. The study area is characterised by distinctive Magnesian Limestone geology, which has influenced a unique vernacular building tradition. The cottages, farmhouses and barns built from magnesian limestone with their typical red pantile roofs form an important element of the regional landscape character, although many are falling into disrepair. In a series of workshops led by professional archaeologists, local residents and interested parties are being given the opportunity to learn how to photograph and record individual structures, contributing to an online interactive map of the area’s historic buildings. All the workshops also include visits to heritage attractions in the local area.

The next workshop will be held in Barlborough on Saturday 16 August 2014 (click here to view the poster) and will include a talk on Barlborough Hall with Tony Bak (Barlborough Heritage Project Manager) and a visit to Barlborough Heritage Centre. Subsequent workshops will be held in Glapwell on Saturday 20 September 2014 and Rowthorne (in the parish of Ault Hucknall) on Sunday 21 September 2014. The workshops will be led by Genevieve Carver (Trent & Peak Archaeology) and are free of charge, but if you would like to take part please book your place by emailing or calling 0115 8967409.

July 2014

New course in Conservation of the Historic Environment at Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is proud to announce our new postgraduate course in Conservation of the Historic Environment. This is a flexible course, allowing you to study and develop your continual professional development (CPD) while working. The CPD element to this course is delivered in lectures and seminars as well as practical workshops, enabling you to develop and enhance your practical knowledge and skills of conservation practice as well as building materials and conservation. These courses are also offered as part of the course at MA level. You can undertake the full MA over two years on a part-time basis, or as alternative you can study to Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate level.

The course structure consists of two core modules that offer background knowledge in Historic Environments and Conservation Practice. This inevitably includes the built environment but takes into account wider issues such as conservation areas, historic landscape characterisation, local identity, the rural environment, and collections management. It also covers key skills such as the legislative background, presentation and advocacy, and financing conservation.

All the courses are delivered over two days on a Friday and Saturday. The Lecture courses will take place in the New Birmingham City University Parkside Building and include how to write a Conservation Plan and Conservation ethics and Philosophy. The practical workshops are take place on sites throughout the West Midlands and Key subjects include: training in lime; stone; timber; ferrous and non-ferrous metals; ceramic building materials; twentieth century building materials; building recording; and the management of traditional estates, parks and gardens.

The course will be run by Harriet Devlin MBE who has joined the Birmingham School of Architecture. Harriet was recently conferred with MBE for services to heritage and the environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and brings many years’ experience of conservation practice and teaching to the centre of Birmingham.

For any information about any of the courses, please contact: Course Enquiry Team, telephone 0121 331 5595, or Course Administrator, Shajdha Anwar, telephone 0121 331 7880, email For more information on the MA programme visit

July 2014