Saturday 24 September
Living in the past? Old buildings, new lives
In the early 1960s, 400 listed buildings a year were being demolished in England, and country houses were falling to the wrecking ball by the dozen. Against the tide of modernity, the 11th Duke of Devonshire's decision to re-inhabit Chatsworth and Sir John Smith's founding of the Landmark Trust seemed like eccentric acts of counter culturalism. Half a century on, Chatsworth - still home to the Devonshires - is famous as a great day out, while Augustus Pugin's family home is available for birthday parties.
In this talk the Director of the Landmark Trust, whose rebuilding of Astley Castle in Warwickshire won the 2013 Stirling Prize, will explore how far we should be prepared to go to resuscitate the past. Anna Keay is also an historian, broadcaster and writer whose books include The Landmark Trust: a History of Britain in 50 Buildings (2015) and The Last Royal Rebel: the Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth (2016).