Work, Play and Protest: Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Structures, 1500-c.1900
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Think of the historic built environment and what comes to mind are churches, palaces and grand civic buildings: architecture defined by being enduring and monumental. Yet there were also less durable structures. While the elaborate occasional architecture built for the most magnificent public celebrations has been studied by historians of art and architecture, much else remains hidden: practical and functional structures, like the booths and stalls that defined early modern commercial activity, or the pavilions, pagodas and tents that were devised for some of the period’s grandest patrons and events.
This course celebrates the hidden world of ephemeral architecture, bringing together exciting work being done on the full spectrum of temporary structures, to reveal their role in shaping the social, cultural, political, religious and economic lives of people in the past.
Directors of Studies:
- Dr Paul Barnwell, OUDCE
- Dr Julie Fargusson, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
- Dr Elaine Tierney, V&A Research Institute (VARI)
The Saturday morning session will be held in the Ashmolean Museum which contains a number of works of art illustrating ephemeral structures. Those wishing to attend should meet in Reception at Rewley House at 1100 sharp. Note that the walk to and from the Museum is at students’ own risk.
1030 Registration opens
1100 Depart for Ashmolean Museum
1300 Lunch at Rewley House
1400 Portable palaces: English royal tents and timber lodgings in the 16th century
Dr Alden Gregory
1500 Impermanence and preservationism in 17th-century English architectural culture
Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner
1630 Fleet of foot? The ephemeral architecture of the racecourse
Dr Oliver Cox
1730 'Our wondring Sight what various Structures strike!': Royal Kew Gardens in the 1760s
Mr Matthew Storey
2000 Fleeting forms: forts and ships in England’s early colonies
0900 Ephemeral Methodist spaces in 19th-century London
1000 London's Smithfield Market in the 18th century
Dr Spike Sweeting
1130 Buildings of the democratic and labour movements in 19th-century England
Dr Katrina Navickas,
1245 Lunch and Disperse
April 29, 2017, 9:00am BST
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