Symposium | Architecture and Health, 1660–1830

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on August 5, 2022

James Gibbs, The Great Hall of St Bart’s, London, 1730s (Photo by David Butler). Situated on the first floor of the hospital’s North Wing, the Great Hall is approached by way of a grand staircase, the walls of which were decorated by William Hogarth. At the top of the stairs, the Great Hall is accessed by a dominating doorway opening into the large hall, decorated with portraits and dedications to the early contributors to the redevelopment of the hospital. More information is available here»

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From The Georgian Group:

Architecture and Health, 1660–1830
Georgian Group Symposium, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, 3 November 2022

Rescheduled for 27 February 2023

Following successful symposia held by the Georgian Group in previous years—on the Adam Brothers, James Gibbs, Women and Architecture, and Georgian London Revisited (online)—this year’s symposium will address Architecture & Health in the long eighteenth century. Appropriately, it will be held in James Gibbs’s Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s, an institution celebrating its 900th anniversary. A series of short papers by both established and younger scholars, and from a range of disciplines, will examine how and where medicine was studied and debated, how knowledge was disseminated, and how healthcare was provided in what spaces and through what mechanisms. The symposium will be held from 10am to 5pm and will be led by Ann Marie Akehurst. Tickets (£70) include a buffet lunch and reception; a limited number of student tickets (£35 ) are also available. Please read the Terms and Conditions before booking. If tickets have sold out for this event, please email members@georgiangroup.org.uk to be added to the waiting list.


9.30  Registration

10.00  Welcome

Session 1: Transmission of Medico-Scientific Knowledge
• Matthew Walker — The Architecture of English Anatomy Theatres 1660–1800
• Janet Stiles Tyson — Elizabeth Blackwell’s A Curious Herbal and Bart’s
• Danielle Wilkens — Health in the Academy: Jefferson’s University of Virginia and Landscapes of Inequity

Session 2: Outside the Institutions: Health and Environment
• Joana Balsa de Pinho — Health, Architecture and Urbanism in the Early Modern Era: From Prevention to Treatment
• Allan Brodie — Georgian Margate: A Landscape and Townscape of Health
• India Knight — The Spa at Hampstead

Session 3: Places of Confinement
• Anna Jamieson — ‘Bedlam’s Picture Gallery’: Health, Performance, and the Built Environment at Bethlem
• Leslie Topp — Early Asylums and the Curious Appeal of Prison Designs
• Marina Ini — John Howard and the Quarantine Centres of the Eighteenth-Century Mediterranean
• Sarah Akibogun — The (Other) Woman in The Attic: Considering Post-Colonial Lenses on the Treatment of Madness in Georgian England

Session 4: Enduring Hospital Spaces
• Tessa Murdoch — French Protestant Hospital in Clerkenwell, 1742
• Elisabeth Einberg — Hogarth’s Use of Architectural Space to Bring Home the Message
• Dan Cruickshank — Bart’s Great Hall
• Will Palin — Bart’s Heritage

5.00  Drinks Reception

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N.B. — (note added 22 February 2023) — The symposium was postponed from November to February due to train strikes; the schedule has also been adjusted with an 11am start time; please see the Georgian Society website for details.  

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