Writers chosen to chronicle North-east’s architectural treasures

Writers chosen to chronicle North-east’s architectural treasures

A trio of esteemed historians have been chosen to chronicle the North-east’s architectural treasures in two brand new volumes.

Earlier this year, the University of Aberdeen was awarded £230,000 by The Leverhulme Trust to help complete the acclaimed Buildings of Scotland series, a raft of volumes documenting important sites of architectural interest in Scotland.

Now three architectural historians have been commissioned to record the historic buildings of Aberdeenshire and the North-east.

William Kay, who previously worked on Buildings at Risk with the Civic Trust for Scotland, will deal with the southern parts of the Shire. Meanwhile, Joseph Sharples, who has already written the Buildings of England volume for Liverpool, will tackle Aberdeen City.

Finally, David Walker, who has completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Warwick University, on celebrated British architect Sir Basil Spence, will cover Moray and the North-east.

Two books will be produced over the next three years, completing the acclaimed Buildings of England and Scotland series started by Sir Nickolaus Pevsner.

The research team will be led by Dr Jane Geddes, Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Aberdeen.

She said: "We are delighted to have hired such excellent writers for this important project. The survey will cover major public buildings like Marischal College, venerable ruins like Elgin Cathedral, castles and cottages, modern design and streetscapes for both villages and town.

"However, the aim of these volumes is to give not just an overview of our great cathedrals and castles but also draw attention to the more diverse architecture of the region. In keeping with the traditions of the series, we will personally inspect all buildings of significance and aim to set them not only in their national but also their international context."

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