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Department of Architecture


Marilyn Palmer (Emeritus Professor of Industrial Archaeology at the University of Leicester)

On Saturday 8 April Professor Marilyn Palmer will deliver the Annual Building History Lecture at Queens’ College.  Marilyn Palmer has been a leading figure in the study, recording and advocacy of industrial archaeology for many years, and became the country’s first Professor of Industrial Archaeology in 2000.  She has been a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, a President of the Association for Industrial Archaeology and a long-standing editor of Industrial Archaeology Review, and has served on committees for organisations such as English Heritage, the National Trust and the Council for British Archaeology.  Her publications include Industrial Archaeology: principles and practice (1998) and The Textile Industry of South-West England: A Social Archaeology (2005), both with Peter Neaverson, and Industrial Archaeology: A Handbook (with Michael Nevell & Mark Sissons, 2012).  Her abiding concern has been with the social expression of industrialisation, both in the landscape and in the workplace, themes crystallised in her recent work, supported by the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic England.  This has explored the take-up of a variety of technologies in the English country house, resulting in the recent Technology in the Country House (with Ian West, 2016).

Followed by a wine reception in the college bar from 7.15pm

Free admission; all welcome

Saturday, 8 April, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:00
Event location: 
Fitzpatrick Hall, Queens’ College, Cambridge