‘Ernest Gimson and the SPAB’

‘Ernest Gimson and the SPAB’

Upcoming SPAB Scotland lecture at The Engine Shed.

When: 14th November, 18.00-20.00
Where: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ
Tickets: £6 (including a drinks reception) – follow the link to book.

2019 is the centenary of the death of Ernest Gimson – a central figure in the British Arts & Crafts Movement – and a new book on his life and work will be published in October. Particularly renowned for his furniture, Gimson worked as an architect, a plasterworker and chairmaker, and as a designer of metalwork, embroideries and bookbindings. For more than 30 years he involved himself with the SPAB, agitating against inappropriate church restorations, reporting to the committee and producing wood and metalwork suited to historic buildings. This talk will cover Gimson’s whole career, with a particular focus on his role as a conservationist and on his collaborations with several Scottish Arts & Crafts architects, including Robert Weir Schultz, Francis Troup and William Weir.

Annette Carruthers was a curator of applied arts in museums in Leicestershire and Cheltenham before joining the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews in 1991. She retired in 2014 and has been working with Mary Greensted and Barley Roscoe on Ernest Gimson: Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect, which includes much new archival research and images commissioned from a specialist architectural photographer, James Brittain.