East Anglia Vernacular Buildings

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A one-day online conference exploring the development of vernacular buildings in East Anglia

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This online conference replaces the Vernacular Architecture Group's Spring Conference for 2021. We plan to visit Norfolk in 2022. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has disrupted the VAG’s usual programme of field visits to buildings in a particular part of Britain. Instead, we are offering a selection of papers on a wider region. The conference explores the development of buildings in East Anglia from the Middle Ages through to the eighteenth century. East Anglia was a wealthy region in the Middle Ages and underwent significant changes in its economy and society during the following centuries. The relatively high survival of medieval and post-medieval buildings has long made it a focus of study. This conference explores the ways in which East Anglian buildings developed and changed over these centuries.

The conference will be held by Zoom. Attendance is free of charge and open to all. Joining instructions with the Zoom link will be sent by email a few days before the event.


10.00 - Introduction

10.10 - The Landscape Context for East Anglian Vernacular Buildings (Edward Martin)

10.45 - Aisled and Raised-aisle Halls of East Anglia (John Walker)

11.30 - Coffee Break

11.50 - Meadow Cottage, Blacksmith’s Green, Wetheringsett: a sub-medieval farmhouse in pastoral mid-Suffolk (Philip Aitkens)

12.30 - Lunch Break

13.30 - Re-assessing the Great Rebuilding on the South Norfolk Claylands (Ian Hinton)

14.05 - Norfolk Domestic Wall Paintings: Survival, Style & Colour, 1550-1700 (Andrea Kirkham)

14.50 - Tea Break

15.15 - Some Buildings of Debenham (Timothy Easton)

15.50 - No-one Looks at Harwich (Elphin & Brenda Watkin)

16.30 - Closing Remarks

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