12th - 14th June 2015
Legacy Falcon Hotel
Wherever you live, your everyday streetscape will include pieces of metalwork. Drain covers, post boxes, ornate railing, statues and everything in between. These items are so much a part of the modern landscape that few people give them a second thought.
Yet these seemingly ordinary objects offer a fascinating insight into the metalworking industries of our recent past. In some cases study of these finished products fills important gaps where other sources of information are lacking or missing altogether.
Studying particular manufacturers, their methods, and technological developments are just the beginning of the list of potential topics. We can also go beyond the realms of metallurgy and think about design choice, trade patterns, and the social and economic considerations relating to the installation of these items.
However, historic street furniture is a diminishing resource. Wear and tear, renovation works, changing fashions and metal theft are just some of the factors leading to historic items being replaced. Recording of these items therefore takes on a new importance. Determining what should be recorded, preserved or conserved is a difficult issue. Balancing preservation of the historic environment with the needs of modern development brings both challenges and opportunities.
These are some of the themes we hope to explore in our celebration of street furniture.
The scope of the conference is not limited to any particular period. Although any relevant contribution will be considered, the organisers are particularly hoping for papers on the following themes:
1 – What is street furniture? – case studies, artefact types and development.
2 – How was it made? – manufacturing and manufacturers.
3 – Exploring the past - contextualising street furniture in its contemporary environment.
4 – The future for our street furniture – issues such as recording, repair, preservation and conservation, now and in the future.
The Glass-Bottomed Walking Bus Tour.
Following the formal sessions, the Sunday morning of the conference will consist of a walking tour of central Stratford-upon-Avon. This will not only provide an opportunity to admire Stratford’s unique display of lamp posts from around the UK and beyond, and to spend time looking in detail at other examples street furniture, but will also provide opportunity to network with other delegates.
The AGM will be held during the meeting.
Notes for Authors
While offers of papers or posters are welcome on any aspect of street furniture, we are looking especially for those that fit the themes above.
There will be facilities available for posters and time will be allocated for a poster session. The maximum size for posters is A0 (841 x 1189mm – upright/portrait format).
Alternatively you can send abstracts by mail to:
Rachel Cubitt, York Archaeological Trust, 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX