• 8 March 2017
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre

Nikolaus Pevsner's Oxfordshire appeared in 1974, at the end of his great survey of The Buildings of England. The entries for the Oxford colleges are infused with many of his long-standing enthusiasms, including the Picturesque Movement and the role of Modernism in post-war British architecture. In other respects, Pevsner's treatment fell short of full engagement: he neglected the ways in which 17th-century architecture represented collegiate traditions and identities, and ignored much of the impact of restoration work from his own time, while his accounts of 20th-century buildings are sometimes caught between a Modernist narrative of progress and a more inclusive appreciation of other styles and traditions. The revised edition now under way offers the chance to reassess all these themes.

About the speaker

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    Simon Bradley is joint editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides, Yale University Press London. He is author or co-author of four books in the revised Buildings of England series, including Cambridgeshire (2014). His current project is the revision of Oxford, for the forthcoming volume Oxfordshire: Oxford and the South East.