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"Sker House: Restoring a Welsh Country House"

The Annual Joint Lecture of the Swansea University Department of History and Classics and the Association of Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is on Friday 11 March 2011 at 7pm, and will be given by Michael Davies, RIBA


Sker House, near Porthcawl – originally a grange of Neath Abbey – is one of the oldest houses in South Wales and was narrowly saved from total collapse ten years ago.  The lecture will reveal the full story of an architectural and historical treasure which has now been conserved for posterity.

Michael Davies, architect and BBC TV presenter, graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture in 1987 and went on to study building conservation at the Architectural Association in London. In 1993 he formed Davies Sutton Architects in Cardiff, which has now become one of the most respected conservation practices in the country. Some of his more notable works include the restoration of Sker House, Glamorgan, which received a RIBA Award; the Shell Grotto in Pontypool Park; and new visitor centres in Caerphilly Castle, Aberdulais Falls, and Raglan Castle.  Michael is the Cathedral Architect to St Woolos in Newport and regularly lectures on building conservation. One of his particular interests is how new buildings can fit into an historic setting.  Michael also presented the television series Discovering Welsh Houses and is the author of the BBC book of the same title.

The lecture will be held in the Lecture Theatre at The Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media,
De la Beche Street, Swansea SA1 3EU.  Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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