Our conference was held in Liverpool on 19-20 May 2017, followed by a trip to the magical Gwrych Castle.

Some of the proceedings were recorded and will be available here soon.


Day 1: Friday 19 May 2017

In the morning delegates had the opportunity to visit the Rickman exhibition in the Special Collections area of the Sydney Jones Library.

12.45: Registration

13.00-14.00: Keynote – Megan Aldrich: ‘Thomas Rickman (1776-1841): a Nonconformist Life in Architecture’

Session 1: Merchants and Shops in Liverpool c.1800

14.00-14.20: Sheryllynne Haggerty – ‘Liverpool’s Trade and Traders in the Atlantic World’

14.20-14.40: Jon Stobart – ‘Geographies of shopping and leisure in Georgian Liverpool’

14.40-14.50: Questions

14.50-15.05: Break

Session 2: Liverpool – Space, Place and Culture

15.05-15.25: Katy Layton-Jones –  ‘Rickman in Context: the changing landscape of Rickman’s England’

15.25-15.45: Hugh Hollinghurst – ‘Rickman, St Luke’s Church and the John Fosters, Senior and Junior’

15.45-16.05: David Brazendale/Mark Towsey –  ‘ “To the convenience of men of business as well as men of leisure”: Reading, Community and Library Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain’

16.05-16.15: Questions

16.15-16.45: Walk to the Liverpool Athenaeum (directions will be provided)

16.45-17.30: Tea and exhibition at the Athenaeum

17.30-18.30: Keynote 2 – Joseph Sharples – ‘Improvement and embellishment united’: The Architectural Scene in Thomas Rickman’s Liverpool. Joseph has kindly made his slides available – click on the link to open.

After the paper there was an opportunity to return to the University to view the Rickman exhibition in Special Collections or to participate in ‘Light Night’ in Liverpool (including a self-guided Rickman walk).

Day 2: Saturday 20 May 2017

9.45: Registration

10.00-11.00: Keynote 3 – Rosemary Sweet: ‘Thomas Rickman – A Modern Antiquary’

11.00-11.15: Coffee

Session 3: Contemporary Writings

11.15-11.35: Peter Lindfield – ‘Gothic Prevision: William Porden’s Architectural Awareness’

11.35-11.55: Stephen Clarke – ‘Hints to some Churchwardens and the Pleasures of Churchwardens’ Gothic’

11.55-12.05: Questions

Session 4: Rickman’s Readers

12.05-12.25: Alex Buchanan – ‘Attempting to Discriminate: Thomas Rickman’s Readers’

12.25-12.45: Will Ashworth – title t.b.c.

12.45-13.05: Geoff Brandwood – ‘Lancaster to Lyons: Edmund Sharpe, Thomas Rickman and Travellers’ Tales’

13.05-13.15: Questions

13.15-14.00: Lunch

Session 5: Religious Architecture

14.00-14.20: Johanna Roethe – ‘Quaker Meeting Houses and their Architects’

14.20-14.40: Bill Walker – ‘ “Meeting Our Waterloos”. The Lancashire Commissioners’ Churches’

14.40-15.00: Christopher Webster – ‘Northern Church Building c.1810-20: An Important Episode in the Gothic Revival’

15.00-15.10: Questions

15.10-15.25: Tea

Session 6: Rickman’s Architecture

15.25-15.45: Mark Baker – ‘Thomas Rickman in Wales: Gwrych Castle and the creation of a gothick fantasy’

15.45-16.05: Frank Salmon – ‘Following “as nearly as may be”: Rickman’s New Court at St John’s College, Cambridge’

16.05-16.15: Questions

16.15-17.15: Keynote 4 – Rosemary Hill: ‘Styles and Principles – Rickman, Pugin and the Gothic Revival’




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