A research project funded by:
This project examined the work of Sir Basil Spence and his offices in Scotland and England, drawing on the extensive archive of drawings, designs, office papers, press-cuttings and photographs which Spence’s family bequeathed to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in Edinburgh in 2003.
In 2004 Professor Louise Campbell of the History of Art Department at the University of Warwick was awarded a major research grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a four-year investigation into the life and work of Sir Basil Spence. Her collaborators on the project were Professor Miles Glendinning of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies at Edinburgh College of Art and Jane Thomas of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. They recruited three other researchers: Dr Clive Fenton, based at the RCAHMS, Dr David Walker, based at the University of Warwick, and Sarah Walford, also based at Warwick, where she made a comparative study of the work of Sir Basil Spence and Sir Donald Gibson (Coventry’s first city architect) for her Ph.D., registered in the History of Art Department.
Our project paralleled a separate archive project at the RCAHMS dedicated to cataloguing and conserving the Spence collection funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund; it undertook a programme of educational workshops centred on Spence’s buildings in 2006-7, to which members of the AHRC Spence research project team contributed.
Spence gravestone, Thornham Parva