Cornish Buildings Group to celebrate 50 years in 2019

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Monday, June 18, 2018

The Cornish Buildings Group in association with Historic England will host a two-day conference in March 2019 to celebrate 50 years of the Cornish Buildings Group.

Building on the success of the 2015 and 2017 conferences, the Group invites new and challenging paper submissions to explore and discuss the conference question:

'What is unique about Cornish buildings?'

Paul Holden, Chairman of the Cornish Buildings Group said 'Our theme will unite aspects of Cornish architectural design with distinctiveness and exclusivity so we welcome contributions from any area or discipline relative to the past, present and future of buildings in Cornwall and how they impact and affect the natural environment. We encourage papers that embrace research looking at Cornish distinctiveness in the widest possible sense'.

Since 1969 the aims of the Cornish Buildings Group have been to stimulate interest, appreciation and knowledge of good building in Cornwall, and to encourage the erection, protection, repair and recording of such buildings. Furthermore, the Group encourages the protection and repair of historic buildings whether these are Listed buildings or simply good examples of traditional building. Mr Holden added 'For fifty years we have encouraged good architecture and championed a high standard of building throughout the county. We hope that our generation may leave behind it buildings which will be looked back on with that same pleasure and enjoyment that we experience when we look at the architecture of past ages'.

The conference will take place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2019 and tickets will be available from September. Some of the themes the conference will explore include

  • Cornwall’s distinctive architectural style, indigenous building types and buildings stones;
  • houses, churches, chapels and meeting houses, vernacular, agricultural, commercial and industrial buildings;
  • follies, garden structures & coastal dwellings;
  • what constitutes good distinctive design in town and streetscapes; heritage at risk and place-making.

For more information see the Cornish Buildings Group website here or email the Group at: if you would like to reserve a place.

Below: the proceedings from the Cornish Buildings Group Conference in 2015