Online Talk: Why Are Tenements Tiled?

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Thursday 12th November 2020 | 6pm BST | via Zoom

Tenement flats have provided homes to Glaswegians for almost two centuries. The blonde and red sandstone buildings are a distinctive part of the city’s urban landscape and inside there are decorative features and spaces which are steeped in history. Having spent most of the year in various stages of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s never been a better time to examine the heritage on our doorsteps. Many closes in Glasgow were tiled and there are some impressive Art Nouveau tile examples still in place.

Join GCHT and conservation consultant Darren McLean for a fascinating evening lecture, which will explore ‘wally tiles’ and their history. Some tiles are now in poor condition, while others are near pristine, yet they all make a statement about the time that they were installed. This talk will cover not only tiles within the common areas of tenements but also complimentary element such as glass and metal.

With stunning pictures, case studies and expert knowledge from Darren, this surely an event not to be missed by tenement tile enthusiasts!

About Darren McLean:

Starting his conservation career with an apprenticeship in carpentry, Darren has an MSc in Building Conservation and has worked as a practitioner of traditional skills, an educator and an advisor. In 2010 Darren formed Timber & Lime Conservation, where he has focused on the conservation and repair of historic buildings. In 2018, he was appointed an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong to teach materials and techniques in the postgraduate conservation curriculum.

This event is part of our @TnmntTiles IRL project. TnmntTiles is an archive of historical tenement tile design, featuring discoveries from Glaswegian tenements & beyond. Established on Twitter in 2015, the project is curated by Zan Phee.

Free, booking required, donations welcome. 


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