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Behind the scenes: Encaustic Tiles & Westminster Hall Conservation Project

UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 (GMT)

Behind the scenes: Encaustic Tiles & Westminster Hall...

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This UK Parliament Week, the UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service are hosting a series of Jubilee Room talks, FREE for anyone who wants to find out more about how the UK Parliament works, and how to get involved.

There are many teams working hard to conserve the historic fabric of the Palace of Westminster, a Grade I listed building and part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The Strategic Estates Project Delivery team works closely with the specialist architects and engineers in the Design Authority to deliver conservation projects whilst ensuring business carries on as usual for Parliament.

 

Taking place along the public access areas are the Westminster Hall and Encaustic Tiles projects which are shared by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

 The Encaustic Tile Conservation Project is conserving the encaustic tiles on the floors throughout the Palace. The tiles are part of the original decorative scheme for the new Palace of Westminster devised by Pugin and Barry in the 1840s.  ‘Encaustic’ or ‘burnt in’ technique is where the pattern, rather than being a glaze which sits on the surface, it becomes part of the body of the tile. The project commenced on site in 2013, with St Stephen’s Hall the first area to be conserved and is due to conclude in early 2020.

 

Westminster Hall is the oldest part of the Palace and dates back to the 11th century.  The project in Westminster Hall is the third phase of conservation work to the Hall. The team is conserving the 14th century oak hammer beam roof, the lead roof lantern atop the Hall and installing fire safety equipment. All this is taking place whilst the Hall remains open to the public.

 Come along to find out more about this unique and interesting work.

There are limited places at this event and places are available on a first come first served basis. If a waiting list is formed then this will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, places are non-transferable.

Do you have questions about Behind the scenes: Encaustic Tiles & Westminster Hall Conservation Project? Contact UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service

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The Jubilee Room
Palace of Westminster
SW1A 0AA London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 (GMT)


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UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service

The UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the UK Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.

The service works in partnership with a diverse range of organisations, from local community groups and businesses to national campaign networks and NGOs.

All Parliamentary events are subject to change or cancellation at short notice if required due to official parliamentary business.

 

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