GAS Lecture: Reconstructing Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art
Thursday 15 February 2018, 07:30pm
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macschoolofartOn May 24th 2014, the Glasgow School of Art suffered a devastating fire, which rose from basement to the second floor roof, and destroyed, almost completely, one of the "finest rooms in the world"...

The Library, with its rare books and purpose designed furniture.

Four years on, and it is approaching the end of a comprehensive restoration process that has involved painstaking research, through archives and archaeology of the salvaged remains. This is a restoration project that seeks not only to take the building back in spirit and overall appearance to the original 1909 Charles Rennie Mackintosh design intent… but also to take advantage of the opportunity of the forced closure of the building, the exposure of its inner structure, and the advances in technology, to bring the building back fit for another century of hard student focused use.

On Thursday, 15th February, 2018, Liz Davidson will deliver her lecture on where she will explore the decisions and choices made along the journey of the restoration project, as well as the challenges and opportunities that it presented. As with all lectures in our annual programme, members and non-members of Glasgow Archaeological Society are welcome to attend, free of charge. The lecture starts at 7:30pm in the Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow University.  


About the Lecturer – Liz Davidson IHBC, FRIAS, OBE

Senior Project Manager, Mackintosh Project

Liz Davidson is the Senior Project Manager at the Glasgow School of Art, charged with co-ordinating the restoration of the fire-damaged Mackintosh building.

Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art as a post graduate in Architectural Conservation, Liz has been involved in most aspects of Scotland’s built heritage. She was Head of Conservation and Design at Glasgow City Council with an active statutory role in maintaining the highest standards of historic building repair and maintenance in conjunction with encouraging the best and most inspirational designs in contemporary incursions and new development.

Previous to this as Project Director of the Merchant City Initiative she led the Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage programme to regenerate the Merchant City through an extensive arts led programme of building repair, repaving and lighting of main streets, proactive cultural and creative business strategy, public art commissions, street markets, and the now annual Merchant City festival. She also, as Director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust oversaw the introduction of the UK's first Doors Open Day, now a mass participation architectural event.


GAS Lecture Programme 2017-2018

Lectures are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.30pm from October to April in the Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow University, with the exception of the Dalrymple Lectures. The Dalrymple Lectures will be held in the Sir Charles Wilson building at 6.30pm on November 13th to 15th, 2017, and on the 16th at 7.30pm.

Please note that some details may be subject to change; refer to our website to keep up to date.

Admission to all of our lectures is completely free, and are open to members and non-members alike. We do, however, appreciate your support! The Society has a supply of quality enamelled badges bearing the Society’s crest; these are available at the ridiculously cheap price of £3.50, and are on sale at lectures (subject to availablity) at the sales table. Glasgow Archaeological Society car stickers and bookmarks are also freely available to members. If you are interested in becoming a member of Glasgow Archaeological Society, see here for more details or contact our Membership Secretary.

Location Boyd Orr Building