Old Buildings Lecture

Old Buildings: Fakes and Fallacies

Tuesday 22nd October 2019


Philip Venning was secretary of the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings for 28 years. He is a member of Westminster Abbey Fabric Committee and advises on protection of ancient buildings to their organisations including the BBC2 series, Restoration.

Philip will discuss ifold houses were ever built with reused ships’ timbers. Are black and white ‘Tudor’ buildings mainly a 19th century fashion? Is the appearance of many familiar historic castles as much the product of the restorers? How many of the claimed ‘secret tunnels’ from the basement to the docks or church actually exist? As well as examining some of the popular myths about buildings the lecture will challenge some received wisdom and offer some surprises.