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'Birmingham Town Hall: An Architectural History'

Was launched at an event at the Town Hall on 16th September 2012.

In October 1834, the Preston Chronicle described the recently completed Town Hall as 'The Pride of Birmingham and an Ornament to England'.

This impressive neoclassical temple was Britain’s first genuinely civic building. Designed to house the country’s first great public concert hall, Birmingham Town Hall was a ground-breaker. It survives as an historic building of national standing.

The book on the Town Hall unveils discoveries aplenty about the building's origins, its design, uses, evolution and recent transformation.

To purchase the book on-line

Please go to the Lund Humphries website to purchase the book on-line.

 

ANTHONY PEERS MA FSA Educated as an architectural historian and trained in building conservation, Anthony works as a consultant providing guidance to those planning the repair, alteration and extension of historic buildings.  Anthony set out in the field of building conservation in the employ of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, a charity founded to campaign for historic buildings at risk of decay and dilapidation.  In the mid-1990s he worked with English Heritage’s Listing Division and then with the DTI in Bombay (Mumbai), India.  There he set up and ran an innovative (and UNESCO award winning) project to repair George Gilbert Scott’s University buildings whilst  training local architects and craftsmen in traditional repair techniques and conservation philosophy.  In more recent times Anthony has harnessed his aptitude for documentary research and fabric analysis in the preparation of building studies.  His history reports and conservation guidance has served to inform major schemes of works at sites such as The Workhouse, Southwell; Aston Hall, Birmingham; The Royal Institution, London and Winchester Cathedral.  One such project saw Anthony immersed (for over a decade!) in the planning and execution of the £35 Million scheme to repair and revitalise Birmingham’s Town Hall.  His book on the building’s history was published in 2012, to much critical acclaim, being one of the seven British ‘projects’ cited in the European Union’s 2013 Europa Nostra Awards.  Anthony is Deputy Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.  www.anthonypeers.com