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LIVERPOOL MANUSCRIPT - Minutes of the Council Meetings of the Liverpool Architectural and Archaeological Society from October 16th 1867 to July 4th 1887

Francis Horner; Thomas Kilpin; Henry Hill Vale, Thomas D Barry; Joseph Boult; Henry Sumners, Charles Aldridge etc
Manuscript records from one of the world’s oldest architectural societies containing hundreds of signatures of leading members of the association… Read more
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LIVERPOOL MANUSCRIPT - Minutes of the Council Meetings of the Liverpool Architectural and Archaeological Society from October 16th 1867 to July 4th 1887 by Francis Horner; Thomas Kilpin; Henry Hill Vale, Thomas D Barry; Joseph Boult; Henry Sumners, Charles Aldridge etc

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Manuscript records from one of the world’s oldest architectural societies containing hundreds of signatures of leading members of the association including the architect of the Walker Art Gallery.

Quarto manuscript book, half green morocco over marbled boards, stationer’s ticket of ‘Joseph A D Watts... Liverpool’ on marbled front endpaper with details for reordering. Red morocco label to upper board: ‘Architectural Society - Council Minute Book’. Manuscript title page on verso of first flyleaf followed by minutes in several hands, always signed off by a senior member of the society, including dozens of signatures from all of Francis Horner; Thomas Kilpin; Henry Hill Vale (responsible for Walker Art Gallery) Thomas D Barry; Joseph Boult; Henry Sumners (partner Culshaw and Sumners), Charles Aldridge etc.

The Society was founded in 1847 so this is probably the second minute book to record the Society’s meetings at the Liverpool Royal Institution (most of the rest of the Society’s records are in the Liverpool Archive). These minutes reveal a fascinating range of activities that include early interventions into conservation issues such as the proposed demolition of the Dome on the Custom House. Discussion of this issue is recorded in the minutes of 1878 with a copied letter from James Allanson Picton apparently resolving the controversy: ‘ I brought the subject of the Dome of the Custom House before the Finance Committee, as a deputation was going to London... an interview with the Chief Commissioner of Works... I do not think there is much fear of the Dome coming down... J A Picton’ (May 23 1878). Picton subsequently received an ‘illuminated address’ in recognition of services. The Society was involved in lobbying over proposed changes to the Building Act and By-laws; there was much concern with testing building materials and a possible change of name to the Architects Society only as well as plans for excursions to Chatsworth and Buxton. The Society provided detailed feedback to an invitation to consult with RIBA about ‘a General code of Building Regulations’ (1876) and even bought a ‘black leather bag for the conveyance of Minute Books’ - this very volume. There is evidence of some fraternal competitiveness with their equivalent society in Manchester and sponsorship of the competition to design the Wirral Children’s Hospital (May 1881). The Society seems to have been assiduous in supporting student architects with regular Student Drawing competitions including one of a church in Hope Street.




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Date published 1867
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