Thomas Rickman, FSA (1776–1841)
Ordinary Meeting of Fellows (Fellows and Guests Only)
Thomas Rickman, FSA (1776–1841) and the Rickman Research Project
Lecture by Dr Megan Aldrich, FSA, and Dr Alexandrina Buchanan.
The first half of this lecture will address the importance of Thomas Rickman, FSA (1776-1841) as an antiquarian author, architect and Quaker - delivered by (Dr) Megan Aldrich, an independent art historian who is in the early stages of writing Rickman's biography and who has published Rickman's work in the Antiquaries Journal (long ago!). The second half will be delivered by Dr Alexandrina Buchanan of the University of Liverpool, who will introduce the series of exhibitions, workshops and conferences which have taken place during 2017 in Liverpool in order to commemorate the publication of the first edition of An Attempt to Discriminate the Styles of English Architecture (1817) and its impact on architectural writers of the 19th century; this will be followed by a conference in 2018 in London to commemorate the Church Building Act of 1818, which launched Rickman's architectural career via the patronage of the Church Commissioners, for whom he built more churches than any other architect.
Rickman's buildings are widely dispersed, and some have been partially or completely demolished; knowledge of many of them remains at a local level. As part of this two-year research project, a Thomas Rickman website is being developed to give up-to-date details of coming events related to the career of Thomas Rickman, and to invite local participation at sites throughout the UK.