Thank you to everyone who attended our Recent Symposium in October, it was a great success.
Re-imagining our walls: beyond partition, barrier, barricade.
A two-day symposium in Berwick-upon-Tweed
October 18th & 19th, 2017
Nikolaus Pevsner remarks that Berwick-upon-Tweed’s “walls and castle […] provide us with one of the most complete overviews we have of the development of military architecture in Britain.”
Like other town walls, Berwick’s fortifications stand as important reminders of a turbulent past and, as historic buildings, deserve to be preserved and celebrated. But what is their contemporary social, economic and cultural significance now that their function as partition, barrier and barricade is obsolete? Should we re-imagine them, and if so to what end?
Through presentation, conversation and exploration, this two-day symposium will explore the challenges of preserving our towns’ walls in new and different contexts, and ask whether there is an appetite for more collaboration in meeting those challenges .Speakers will include representatives from Chester, Newcastle and Derry/Londonderry as well as Berwick upon Tweed. There will be an opportunity for participants to mount displays relating to their town and its walls.
The first day’s programme will start with coffee at 10.30 am, and will include a local-produce lunch and an optional local-produce dinner with a guest speaker. The second day will finish at 1.00 pm with lunch ‘to go’.
This is our sixth annual Symposium and we have once again obtained sponsorship; the only charge will be £5 for lunch on each day and £20 for the optional dinner.
Please complete and return the attached form to confirm your attendance. A detailed programme, accommodation information and travel directions will be sent out in due course