Ptolemy Dean on Radio 3…

Congratulations to former scholar Ptolemy Dean who was Sarah Walker’s guest every day this week on Radio 3.

Catch it while you can on the BBC iplayer @

(The interviews begin approximately 1.5 hours into each of the daily broadcasts and last for 30 minutes each)

Seeking new Scholars!

It’s that time of year again when we start the search for the next group of SPAB Scholars.  Can we please remind all past Scholars to encourage potential applicants to apply by the end of the year?

If you are a new visitor to the Dance Scholarship Trust website and are interested in the SPAB’s nine month long training scheme for young building conservation professionals you can find details about the Scholarship programme and how to apply on the SPAB website.

Academic success for Dr Forster!

The DST Committee is delighted to share the news that two academic papers written by Dr Alan Forster have recently taken top prizes in the Emerald Literati Network 2011 Awards for Excellence.

Alan was the Outstanding Paper Award Winner 2011 for the academic journal papers entitled “Condition survey objectivity and philosophy driven masonry repair:  An increased probability for project divergence” published in Structural Survey.

In addition, he was Highly Commended Paper Award Winner 2011 for the academic journal papers entitled “Building conservation philosophy for masonry repair:  Part 2 – Principles” published in Structural Survey. Well done Alan!

You can read more about Alan’s work on the Heriot Watt website.

Honours for Martin Ashley

Martin Ashley (Scholar 1976) was awarded the MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order) by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace on 1st March 2011.

Martin has worked for the Royal Household for a number of years now, on St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, St James’s Palace, the Chapel Royal and Buckingham Palace. He has just finished works to the south face of the courtyard at Buckingham Palace, which was the remaining Blore face which has for a long time been in a parlous state. The original Caen stone had begun to drop off. Repairs have included the use of some new Caen stone. He thinks that it is the repair of this particular element that attracted the award.

Martin is partly following in the footsteps of Arthur Francis (Scholar 1965) who also worked for the Royal Household for many years. At the time of the setting up of the Dance Scholarship Trust he was working on Clarence House and it was he who encouraged us, the steering committee of what was to become the DST, to ask HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to launch the Dance Scholarship Trust.

We should also like to remind everyone that this follows on from the lovely news that Donald Insall (Scholar 1950) received a knighthood last summer.

With grateful thanks to Shawn Kholucy for supplying this information.

SPAB welcomes new Scholars

After a gruelling selection process, SPAB has appointed three new Scholars (two architects and a structural engineer) and four new William Morris Craft Fellows (one plasterer and three stonemasons). They all start their programme on 21st March 2011.

Rachel and Pip have sent a message to all past Scholars and Fellows asking them to suggest suitable projects to visit that are in progress or coming up this year.  Based on the information that they received last year they were able to arrange a fabulous programme for both groups.

This years Scholars are Boris Bogdanovic (26), Jo Kelly (31) and Harry Wardill (30).

Peter Bird’s Memorial Service

For the many of you who knew Peter Bird, we would like to let you know that a memorial service has been arranged for 25th March 2011 at Wells Cathedral at 2.00pm.

For those who wish to attend or require further information, may we suggest that you contact Andy Faulkner (Scholar 2010) who works at Caroe & Partners in their Wells office.

Kind regards, David Evans

Missing email addresses

You may have seen the email sent by David earlier this month asking for help finding email addresses for some past Scholars. If you haven’t already done so, can you please have a look at the list of names and pass on any information you might have to David.

We’re currently working on a Scholars ‘Roll of Honour’ – a list of everyone who has been a Lethaby Scholar and the dates of their scholarship.  We hope to add this to the website in the next few weeks.