William Morris and the Founding of the UK Building Preservation Movement
The William Morris Society in the United States invites you to join us for a Zoom talk about an under-appreciated aspect of William Morris’s legacy, by Philip Venning, former chief executive of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
Aymer Vallance claimed that William Morris’s “greatest and best” undertaking was the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Yet most assessments of Morris devote little attention to his achievements in architectural preservation. This illustrated talk will explore Morris’s twenty years of activism in defense of historic buildings in Britain and beyond.
Philip Venning, OBE, FSA, FRSA, former chief executive of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, has lectured on architectural heritage in many parts of the world. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission. He is a former member of the National Trust Council and Vice President of the National Churches Trust. He spent 12 years on committees of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which gives grants from the UK’s National Lottery. He shares a March 24th birthday with William Morris.
3 – 4pm Eastern, 12 – 1pm Pacific, 8 – 9pm London.