Icon Annual Lecture 2020
To: Wednesday 21.10.20
Free for Icon members
£15 for Non-members
The 2020 Icon Annual Lecture is being delivered on the topic of the Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme and the work being undertaken to balance the needs of a 21st century parliament building alongside the care and preservation of a globally significant estate and collection.
Home to one of the busiest parliament buildings with more than a million visitors annually, the Houses of Parliament form a key part of the Westminster UNESCO World Heritage site. The present buildings date back to the mid nineteenth century following a devastating fire in 1834 which saw much of the earlier structures destroyed. Several parts of the estate did fortunately survive, including the Westminster Hall which dates back to 1099. Following an open competition won by Charles Barry and supported by Augustus Pugin, it is now recognised as one of the finest examples of Victorian neo-gothic architecture.
As well as the fabric of the estate, the Houses of Parliament are also home to a significant collection of working & decorative objects and architectural fabric, further complicating this incredibly complex programme of works. Through a series of three interlinked talks, speakers will consider the purpose, vision and incredible complexities of managing what is one the largest conservation projects to take place in the UK.