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Mackintosh: Materials & Materiality

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Jun 7th at 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM


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Cost: $40
This is a pre-conference program presented by the Glasgow School of Art. Registration limited to 100. Tickets may be purchased when registering for the conference. Tickets held at door.
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Keynote Speaker: Pamela Robertson, Professor Emerita and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1866–1928) is a key figure in the cultural heritage of Scotland. Currently there are several major projects underway to restore and/or reconstruct Mackintosh's architectural and design work:

  • the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art following the major fire of May 2014, including the complete reconstruction of its iconic library
  • the renovation of the Willow Tearoom
  • the conservation and restoration of the Oak Room of the Ingram Street Tearoom at the V&A Dundee
  • the renovation of The Hill House, Helensburgh, to repair long-term damage from water ingress in Mackintosh's harling
The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society has also recently completed a condition survey of all extant Mackintosh sites. These projects have all provided new opportunities to closely examine the material aspects of Mackintosh's work, and already new discoveries have come to light. This symposium will offer a forum for knowledge exchange between these projects, with particular emphasis on tangible material research, and the more intangible ideas of materiality that can complicate conservation approaches. The closing will include an open discussion to offer an opportunity to explore this research with the wider architectural community.