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Walking on a Work of Art: Historic Floor Study Day

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings are pleased to be partnering with Canterbury Cathedral to offer a study day on high status historic floors.

DATE & TIME: 8 June 2016, 09.30 - 17.00

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH

FEE: £95
Refunds will not be made in the event of booking cancellations less than two weeks before the course.
The fee includes refreshments and a light lunch. It also includes entry to the Cathedral.

TARGET AUDIENCE: building conservation professionals and students; managers and staff of period properties; construction professionals; architectural historians; art historians; archaeologists; general interest; intermediate. Certificates of attendance will be available for this course.

High status historic floors are not just functional features of a building, but works of art in their own right, often demonstrating skilled craftsmanship and incorporating intricate decorative motifs. The pavements at Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, for example, are stunning examples of Cosmati work; a style of intricate inlaid stone decoration that originated in Italy. But floors are often ignored and undervalued when compared with other building elements.

This study day will explore floors as works of art, using the Cosmati pavements at Canterbury and Westminster as examples. As well as the aesthetic, symbolic and historical significance of these floors, the day will discuss the technical aspects of repairing and maintaining works of art that are constantly worn by the feet of visitors and worshippers. We will also explore the craftsmanship involved in creating such floors, with a case study on the modern-day cosmatesque floor at Buckfast Abbey.

Theory (lecture based)
- Why historic floors matter
- Understanding historic floors - how archaeology informs repair
- Floors as works of art
- Setting a framework for intervention
- Case study: repairing the Cosmati pavement at Westminster Abbey
- Case study: creating a new cosmatesque pavement at Buckfast Abbey

The day will also include a walking tour of Canterbury Cathedral to view the Cosmati pavement and the other historic floors within the Cathedral, examine their use and care, and discuss the impact of different types of floors on the charatcter and hierarchy of the historic spaces.

BOOK:
Online at http://www.spab.org.uk/spab-events-awards/events/
Email: education@spab.org.uk

Phone 020 7456 0915

SUBMITTED BY: Lucy Jacob AUTHOR: Lucy JacobORIGINAL PUBLISHED DATE: 4/4/2016

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