Plymouth: Vision of a modern city

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/06/2011 - 15:32
Date published
Wed, 01/06/2011 - 00:00
TitlePlymouth: Vision of a modern city
AuthorJeremy Gould
PublisherEnglish Heritage
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Plymouth was the most devastated city in England in the Second World War and was the only British city which renewed the whole of its city centre and institutions. The reconstructed city, which is important and representative of its time, is now over 50 years old and can legitimately be labelled an historic city.

In autumn 1941 Sir Patrick Abercrombie, the most distinguished town planner of his generation, was appointed by Plymouth City Council to produce a plan for the reconstruction of the bomb-damaged city. His Plan gave Plymouth a unique form which once understood and valued, could underpin the city’s regeneration.

Abercrombie’s Plan reflected the ideals of an extraordinary time, and proposed a new environment for a modern age. By splitting the city into distinct precincts, each dedicated to a particular function (e.g. residential, cultural, commercial, civic), the Plan represented Abercrombie’s social democratic ideals with communities centred on schools and cultural activities, affording personal privacy and communal enjoyment of open space, democratic and non-hierarchical; it was symbolic of rebuilding a better Britain.

Time however has taken its toll: incremental changes have caused the architecture to coarsen and the public have not valued it. Yet Plymouth has more listed 1950’s buildings than any other provincial city, demonstrating that the best of modern architecture can rank alongside that of the past and stand the test of time.

Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said:

“The debate over the future role of Plymouth’s post-war architecture is hugely relevant. The significance of the Plan and the architecture of the city need to be formally recognised in order to prevent unsuitable development and further loss of significant buildings.”

Knowing Your Place: Heritage and Community-Led Planning in the Countryside

Submitted by admin on Mon, 18/04/2011 - 15:16
Date published
Tue, 01/03/2011 - 00:00

English Heritage, in partnership with Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), has published Knowing Your Place: Heritage and Community-Led Planning in the Countryside, which offers advice to local communities on heritage within community-led planning.

The guidance focuses on the incorporation of local heritage within plans that rural communities are producing, reviewing or updating, and focuses particularly on parish plans and village design statements. Through the Localism Bill the Government now plans to give renewed impetus to community-led planning through Neighbourhood Plans.

The guidance is designed to complement the community planning toolkit provided by ACRE

Living in History

Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/04/2011 - 16:50
Date published
Tue, 01/03/2011 - 00:00
TitleLiving in History
IllustratorEli Ofir
Historical ResearchRosalind Chislett & Jane Davidson
PublisherHome Portraits 4 U Ltd
Price£39.99 + p&p
HTF Members 10% discount Offer code (£35.99) + p&p 
To order
Order online at http://www.livinginhistory.co.uk/ and enter the code at checkout.

Living in History is a unique and breathtaking study of the evolution of English house styles from Medieval and Tudor times up to the 1930s. It reveals the architectural diversity of each period through the eyes and beautiful hand drawn portraits of Eli Ofir.

The book gives a good representation of architecture through the historical periods. The portraits are of different types of buildings - not only houses, but pubs, colleges and converted agricultural buildings constructed of various materials including timber-frame with flint, handmade bricks as well as mass produced materials. In addition to an explanation of building in each historical period the individual portraits are accompanied by their subjects' own histories telling the story of where, when, why and how each came to be built.

The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice

Submitted by admin on Fri, 21/01/2011 - 11:34
Date published
Sun, 01/01/2012 - 00:00

The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice is a journal for all those that investigate, conserve and manage the historic environment. In the November 2011 issue of Context, magazine of the IHBC, the journal was reviewed as “…essential reading for the heritage professional”.

The journal forms essential reading for all archaeological practitioners, and those involved in building conservation - contractors, consultants, curators, researchers, students and fieldworkers - both professional and voluntary. The journal cuts across organisational divisions to identify themes which are of concern and interest to all practitioners.

The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice demonstrates best practice and appropriate methods, and the enhancement of technical and professional skills. The journal relates these skills to topical
issues and features the political, legal, economic, cultural, environmental, social and educational contexts, and the academic frameworks, in which those involved in the historic environment work.
The scope includes:

  • Development of skills and competence in archaeology and conservation
  • Best practice approaches to cultural resource management
  • New techniques in the investigation of ancient and recent archaeological sites, landscapes and buildings
  • The relationship between historic sites and past and future environmental change
The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice
Volume 3 (2012), 2 issues per year
Print ISSN: 1756-7505 Online ISSN: 1756-7513

30% discount for HTF Members
Individuals (Print and Online): £27.00 (normally £38.00)
Individuals (Online-only): £20.00 (normally £29.00)

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Please visit www.maney.co.uk/journals/hen for more information and to subscribe online

Living Buildings Architectural Conservation: Philosophy, Principles and Practice

Submitted by admin on Fri, 21/01/2011 - 11:24
Date published
Sat, 01/11/2008 - 00:00
TitleLiving Buildings
Architectural Conservation: Philisophy, Principles and Practice
AuthorDonald Insall
PublisherImages Publishing Group
Price£39.50 + p&p
Special HTF Members offer £27.50 + p&p (Members' Special offer code)
To orderTel: 01394 389977 Antique Collectors Club
Email: sue.slee@antiques-acc.com
Written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Donald Insall’s multi-award winning architectural practice, this copiously and beautifully illustrated book begins with the assertion that ‘buildings are alive’. The buildings and their materials ‘speak eloquently of their local origin’, writes the author.
His philosophy is combined with practical guidance and in-depth analysis of architectural conservation. From day-to-day maintenance to drastic renovation projects, the book offers advice drawn from case studies of some of the country’s best loved buildings.
At the same time an elegant coffee table book and a practical manual for anyone with an interest in architecture and conservation, this book would make an excellent gift or addition to a collection.

Practical Guide to National Infrastructure Projects

Submitted by admin on Fri, 21/01/2011 - 11:19
Date published
Wed, 01/07/2009 - 00:00
TitlePractical Guide to National Infrastructure Projects
AuthorBircham Dyson Bell
Product CodePLNIR
Price£130.00 + p&p
Special HTF Members offer £104.00 (20% discount) + p&p (Members' Special offer code)
To orderTo receive the 20% discount please phone LexisNexis customer services on +44 (0) 845 370 123444 quoting the Members' Special offer code

Non-members can order online


The Green Guide for Historic Buildings

Submitted by admin on Fri, 21/01/2011 - 11:07
Date published
Thu, 01/04/2010 - 00:00


TitleThe Green Guide for Historic Buildings
AuthorThe Prince's Regeneration Trust
PublisherThe Stationery Office (TSO)
Price£24.99 + p&p
Special HTF Members 20% discount (£19.99 + p&p) (Offer code)
To order
Either contact The Stationery Office quoting DYV by:
Tel: +44 (0)870 243 0123 or Email: sales@tso.co.uk
Order online at www.tsoshop.co.uk and enter the Offer code at the checkout stage.
This discount is valid until 31 October 2010.
Not only is carbon invested in historic buildings but also ‘social and cultural energy’, according to the foreword written by HTF's Patron, His Royal Highness Prince Charles.  This practical book deals with every aspect of further enhancing the environmental performance of listed buildings and will be extremely useful to anyone working in the built environment. 

There are six chapters offering detailed information on everything from statutory requirements through windows, chimneys, heating, cooling, lighting, renewable technologies, green roofs, building material and more; with six appendices for additional information sources, links and funding information.  Case studies, diagrams and ‘hints and tips’ boxes, laid out in a very accessible way make it a useful manual for adaptation and mitigation – something we are all going to have to learn to do.