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Special issue in Built Heritage journal: Global Climate Change and Built Heritage

Guest Editors
Dr Chris J. Whitman, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Lui (Radium) Tam, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Prof Oriel Prizeman, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Submission deadline for extended abstract: 29th July 2022

Submission deadline for full papers: 30th June 2023

Aims and Scope
Climate change is having a profound impact on our practical, technical, and philosophical approaches to building conservation. From mitigation to adaptation to managed loss, conservators are faced with increasingly challenging decisions for the future of our historic built environment. At the same time, it is recognised that many of these buildings offer important lessons from a pre-industrial age. This special issue aims to collate current research into the complex relationship between climate change and built heritage. Contributions are welcomed that consider the technical and philosophical challenges under the sub-themes. Where a paper does not fit under a specified theme or spans more than one, please incorporate a note to that effect in a cover letter with the submission.

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2022 Georgian Group Symposium – Call for Papers

2022 Symposium – Architecture & Health: 1660-1830

The Georgian Group’s symposium, Architecture & Health: 1660-1830, will be held at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, on Thursday 3 November 2022. The hospital, shortly to celebrate its 900th Anniversary, was ‘repaired and beautified’ in the eighteenth century. Gibbs’s Great Hall and adjacent Grand Staircase, with its miracle murals by Hogarth, provided an extraordinary backdrop for the encounter between benefactors and their impoverished beneficiaries. The spaces in which medicine was studied and debated, and healthcare provided, are profoundly revealing of Georgian society. In the aftermath of the Great Plague of 1665, Britain enjoyed a medical revolution: science was hotly debated with ancient views challenged, and new knowledge and practice explored within the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, on the benches of anatomy theatres, in books, and in botanical gardens. New voluntary hospitals relieved poor people, and radical practitioners addressed chronic public health problems. As we recover from the pandemic which highlighted social inequalities in the nation’s health, this symposium will consider what we can learn from as well as about history. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following between 1660-1830:

  • Designing health spaces: air, light, sanitation, and water. Spaces of medical knowledge; improvised field hospitals.
  • Outside spaces: botanical gardens, spas, resorts, & therapeutic landscapes.
  • Philanthropy, fundraising, & the arts
  • Scientific & medical instruments, collections, & public displays.
  • Public health & chronic disease, epidemiology, dispensaries.
  • Rural, provincial, & imperial healthcare, including in transit and abroad.

Proposals are invited for 15-minute papers based on original research. We particularly welcome talks from and about under-represented communities, from archivists, conservators, and medical historians. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words and a copy of your CV to Dr Ann-Marie Akehurst ( by 8 April 2022. Any questions regarding the symposium should be sent to the same address.

Further details will be made available, and tickets will go on sale, later in the Spring.