Houses of Parliament Summer Tours
All admirers of Pugin will be pleased to see that the Houses of Parliament are offering some excellent tours this summer, some including tea in the Pugin Room (not always visited on a standard tour), where the famous portraits of Augustus Pugin, and his third wife Jane Knill can be seen. For more details, and to visit, go to
Important new Pugin publication from Spire Books
Just published: a novel about Augustus Pugin
'Palace of Pugin' is a new and gripping novel by Nick Corbett, telling
the story of Augustus Pugin in an original and exciting way. We hope it
will bring Pugin to the attention of an even greater number of people in
this, his Bicentenary year. To order, go to:
Edward Pugin at Belmont
The Society is very pleased to announce the publication of a new book about Edward Pugin's fine Belmont Abbey, in Herefordshire, Belmont Abbey, celebrating one hundred and fifty years, published by Gracewing, and edited by Dom Andrew Berry OSB. This book contains a chapter which will be of particular interest to members and all Pugin enthusiasts, by Dr Roderick O'Donnell, Pugin expert, with a special interest in Edward Pugin. He discusses the Pugin family contribution to Belmont in the chapter, 'The Pugins and the Belmont Abbey Church and Monastery; History and Architecture'. Go to:
to find out more.
Lottery bid for St Maries Church (RC) Widnes, Cheshire
Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action group (VCA), Merseyside, (http://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/) are currently in the process of applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure funds to reopen St Maries Church, Widnes for community purposes, including a comprehensive heritage activity programme. This very interesting church, listed Grade II, was designed 1864/5 by Edward Pugin, with additional work by other members of the Pugin family. St Maries has been closed since 2007 and has become increasingly forlorn. This project has the full support from the Archdiocese, the current owner of the site, as well as the local authority. The organisation Pulse Regeneration is supporting VCA in the development of the project and the HLF application process. We wish this project the best of luck.
PUGIN GOES GLOBAL
|Dr Margaret Belcher (right), editor of Pugin's letters, the fourth volume of which has just appeared, celebrates with Mrs Sarah Houle, President of the Pugin Society and great-great granddaughter of
We are delighted to report the success of the recent stimulating conference New Directions in Gothic Revival Studies Worldwide, organised by the University of Kent in association with the Pugin Society. It was wonderful, and heart-warming, to learn of the huge influence across the globe of the work of Augustus Welby Pugin. Highlights included the excellent talk by celebrated Pugin biographer Rosemary Hill, in Ramsgate, and the launch of the fourth volume of Pugins letters, all part of the remarkable magnum opus expertly edited by Dr Margaret Belcher. There was much more besides. The University of Leuven Press is currently considering a proposal to invite speakers at the conference to contribute to a book on the subject. We look forward to hearing more about this exciting possibility.
Wonderful Pugin drawings for all to share
To look at a splendid collection of drawings by Pugin put on line by the University of Birmingham Special Collections go to:
You will not be disappointed.
ST FRANCIS GORTON
Many Pugin family enthusiasts will be aware of the The Monastery of St. Francis and Gorton Trust, a charitable Trust, formed to save Edward Pugins disused Franciscan Friary in Gorton, Manchester.
The Trust has triumphantly succeeded in saving this building from demolition, and has recently established Monastery Publications. To look at these, and in particular at a new work on how 12 statues of Franciscan Saints were rescued from a Sothebys auction and returned to the building, go to:
PUGIN WORKS REPRINTED
Another publication from the industrious Spire Books for 2012! A special production for this Bicentennial year, this reprint represents an excellent opportunity for all Pugin scholars and enthusiasts to buy in one volume Pugin's two most important works, Contrasts and The True Principles of Pointed or Christian Architecture. These two titles represent all that is most significant and enduring of Pugin's beliefs and theories, both architecturally speaking and more widely. They are ground-breaking manifestos, and surely a must for all afficionados.
PUGIN IN DUBLIN 2012
We are so glad to receive news of Pugin celebrations this year in Ireland. This event at the Irish Architectural Archive will, we know, be of great interest to all Pugin admirers.
A Pugin Sketchbook
The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, will open the Irish Architectural Archive exhibition marking the two- hundredth anniversary of Pugin's birth on 1 March 2012.
'Celebrating Pugin: An exhibition of drawings by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin from the Irish Architectural Archive marking the bicentenary of his birth' is supported by a catalogue edited by Colum O'Riordan, Archive Administrator. There is also an essay by Dr Roderick O'Donnell 'The Pugins and Ireland: introduction to the AWN Pugin Nuremberg sketchbook of 1838 in the Irish Architectural Archive'. The catalogue costs £15.00
The exhibition, curated by the IAA's exhibitions officer Simon Lincoln, runs until Friday 4 May 2012. The Architecture Gallery at the IA is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays to Fridays.
The Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin, has not only the Nuremberg 1838 sketchbook but the Pugin and Ashlin, later Ashlin and Coleman, collection of architectural drawings from the Irish practice founded by E.W. Pugin in 1859. The 1838 sketchbook has probably been in Ireland from the 1880s, in the collection of George Ashlin and his wife Mary, Pugin's second daughter.
e-mail: email@example.com at the Irish Architectural Archive for all further information.
NEW PUGIN BOOK - GOTHIC FOR EVER
In this Bicentenary year the Society is pleased indeed to be promoting a splendid and beautifully illustrated new book on Pugin by well-known Pugin expert Michael Fisher and published by Spire Books. Full details can be seen here.
Hardmans of Birmingham
The Pugin Society is glad to draw to be able to draw attention to the excellent and informative short book
Living for the Church before Everything Else, written by Sister Barbara
Jeffery, Archivist and Historian of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, about
the Hardmans of Birmingham.
Sister Barbara writes:
After spending eight years in St Mary's Convent, Handsworth I felt I had
learnt a great deal about the Hardman family and thought it would be good to
put them in context in their world. I was fascinated by the fact that many
of the Hardman women went into religious orders of various sorts and the
Hardman men continually supported the Catholic Church through its churches,
schools and even cemeteries. They had their roots in Lancashire and
became pillars of the society in which they were living. I wanted to show how
it was possible for a family such as the Hardmans to support the Catholic
Church as it found its feet gradually in the mid 19th century. I am sure
their story could be multiplied many times over by other families in other
areas who have been the backbone of the Catholic Church down through the
Book printed by Parchments of Oxford, November 2010, 119 pages, colour
illustrations throughout. Price £6.50 plus £1.50 P & P. Available from Sr Barbara
Jeffery, Convent of Mercy, Parkers Row, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2DQ.
AUSTRALIA AND TASMANIA AND PUGIN 2012
For details of the exciting overseas bicentenary events and plans of the Pugin Foundation, brainchild of enterprising Tasmanian Pugin expert Brian Andrews and his supporters, see http://www.puginfoundation.org/bicentenary/