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Paul Mellon Centre | Pevsner Architectural Guides, Buildings of England: Wiltshire

June 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Julian Orbach will be in conversation with Charles O’Brien, joint editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides, discussing the trials and rewards of updating and expanding the guide to Wiltshire, which was first published in 1963. It was among the counties that Nikolaus Pevsner knew best and where he kept his own cottage for many years. This is the first revision since 1975 and records not only dramatic changes in the understanding of the significance of the prehistoric monuments of Wiltshire but also the impact of scholarship on every class of building in the last fifty years, from re-assessment of the vernacular cottages and farmhouses of Wiltshire’s villages to the effect of transport and industry on its towns. Julian will also speak about the challenges of addressing some of the most famous buildings and places in English architectural history: Salisbury, Longleat, Stourhead, and Wilton, among others. Author and editor will also be speaking to James O. Davies, creator of the outstanding photographs for this and many other revised editions of the guides.

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