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Dr Sarah Walford


Sarah studied Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Birmingham. Her work as an archaeologist eventually took her into architecture and building conservation and she completed her MA in Architectural History at Keele University. She joined Warwick in 2005 as part of the AHRC funded project 'The life and work of Sir Basil Spence, 1907-76: architecture, tradition and modernity', completing her PhD on the careers of Sir Basil Spence and Sir Donald Gibson. She compiled the 'List of Works' for Professor Louise Campbell's book Sir Basil Spence: Buildings and Projects.

Research interests

Sarah's main interests are the life and career of Coventry's first City Architect Sir Donald Gibson and Coventry's pioneering role in post-war public sector architecture.


‘‘Baptistry Window’, ‘Nave Windows - Red Window: God Side; Red Window: Man Side; Golden Window: Man Side’, ‘Swedish Windows’, in Legrove, Chamberlaine-Brothers, et al, The Stained Glass of Coventry Cathedral: its making and meaning, 2nd edition (Coventry Cathedral, 2019)

‘Architect’, ‘The Swedish Windows’, ‘Baptistry Window’, ‘Chapel of Unity’ and ‘Kneelers and Vestments’, in Willis, Walford, Morris and Lee, Journey into the Light: The Art Treasures of Coventry Cathedral, Their Making and Meaning (Coventry Cathedral, 2014)

'List of Works 1931-1976’ in Campbell, Glendinning and Thomas, Basil Spence, Buildings and Projects (London, RIBA Publishing, 2012) pp.282-365

‘Building for Education: The School Designs of Sir Basil Spence’, Architectural Heritage, Volume 22, Issue 1, (2011) pp.137-156


  • BA (Birmingham)
  • MA (Keele)
  • PhD (Warwick)

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