Friends’ Event: The Conservation of Historic Buildings with Dr Duncan Philips

Monday 27th February 6.00PM


This evening we are delighted to welcome Dr Duncan Philips who will present a special online lecture for Friends of Art History in Focus. The talk is complimentary  – we will send login details automatically to all Friends a few days in advance. Don’t worry, there is no need to book your space online!

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What are listed buildings? What factors need to be considered when owning and buying one? Were old ships’ timbers really used to construct old buildings? Why are lime mortars important? Using a number of case studies, Dr Philips will discuss these and other questions in a general introduction to building conservation, with reference to projects that he has worked on. Dr Philips has surveyed thousands of listed buildings, from Byfleet Manor (home of the Dowager Countess of Grantham in ITV’s Downton Abbey) and Torquay Pavilion to Knowle Hall (Inigo Jones) and Ffynone Mansion (John Nash). The Friends’ lecture will be followed by a question and answer session in which you may like to put your own building queries to Duncan.

Dr Duncan Philips is a Chartered Building Surveyor and one of the leading experts in the field of building conservation with over 35 years’ experience. He is Professor of Architectural Conservation at the Centre for Building Conservation Studies, a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and Chair of the RICS Building Conservation Steering Group. He teaches architectural history, building pathology, building conservation and building surveying and his academic time is divided between Universities in London, Prague and New York. He also runs his own business helping people buy and maintain historic buildings all over the world, and is author of ‘Buying and Owning a Listed Building – A Brief Guide’.


This is a live-streamed talk at 6.00pm (UK time).  Tune in from anywhere in the world to watch or enjoy a recorded version of the lecture which can be accessed afterwards. The event will last approximately one hour.

The lecture will allow you to participate and ask questions using webcams and microphones (if you would like to use these) during an informal Q&A and discussion after the lecture.

Further Information

The talk is complimentary and for Friends of Art History in Focus only – we will send log in details to all Friends a few days in advance and hope that you are able to attend. Don’t worry, there is no need to RSVP or book your space online!

A recording will automatically be sent to all Friends of Art History in Focus who could not participate live.

Byfleet Manor, photograph by Mark Percy