A two day symposium at Central Saint Martins in London on Friday 12 September and at the Fonthill estate in Wiltshire on Saturday 13 September 2014
The first day will be in the new building of Central Saint Martins at Kings Cross, designed by Stanton Williams and incorporating the old granary of the Great Northern Railway. Papers will include: ‘Francis Lord Cottington’s Fonthill’, ‘Putting together Alderman Beckford’s Splendens’, ‘The “making” of William Beckford’, ‘Restoring Alderman Beckford’s Organ’, ‘Treasure-hunting: locating Beckford’s collection’, ‘The Lanes: Grotto Builders’, ‘The Morrisons’ Pavilion’, ‘Little Ridge and Detmar Blow’.
The second day will be at Fonthill walking across the private landscapes, with access by kind permission of the current owners.
The symposium will be opened by Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins. Speakers include Neil Burton, Caroline Dakers, Michael Drury, Suzannah Fleming, Amy Frost, Dominic Gwynne, Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Lawrence Klein, Martin Levy and Michael Symes; the tour of Fonthill will be led by Caroline Dakers, John D’Arcy, Amy Frost and Min Wood.