William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

William Morris and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

by Andrea Elizabeth Donovan


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The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded by artist and craftsman William Morris in 1877, sought to preserve the integrity of historic buildings by preventing unnecessary repairs and additions. William Morris's intention and that of the SPAB, as outlined by the original manifesto, was that buildings of any period had a life that was best protected through the conservative repair of what was falling into ruin and the prevention of injury to buildings by safeguarding them as much as possible and practical. This practice became known as historic preservation. In this study, Donovan, relying upon many original documents from the SPAB archives in London, traces the history of the SPAB from its foundation in nineteenth-century England to its current activities in England and Western Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138878389
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/23/2015
Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Andrea Donovan is Assistant Professor at Minot State University, USA.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Modern Preservation Techniques with Nineteenth Century Inspiration

Chapter Two: The Architectural and Ideological Environment of the Nineteenth Century

Chapter Three: William Morris, His Attitude toward the Gothic Revival, and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Chapter Four: The SPAB in Britain

Chapter Five: The SPAB in France and Germany in the Nineteenth Century

Chapter Six: SPAB Activities and Influences in the Twentieth Century




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