A Prospect of Ruins – Discovery, exploration and contemplation
Re-interpreting eighteenth-century sensibilities for ruins in in the twenty-first century
From the antiquarians, through the emergence of the early conservation movement, to today – how we view ruins has informed how we present them and in turn how we care for them.
This thesis proposes to explore how ruins were viewed in the eighteenth century, and latterly in the twentieth century; how we see them today, and how these views can affect our conservation of ruins now and into the future.
I wrote my thesis as part of the Building Conservation PG Diploma course at the Architectural Association. This page includes information about the thesis and links to articles (on this site and elsewhere) which relate to it.