BIID Lecture Evening: Historic Textiles

Thursday 23rd May 2019


Thursday 23rd May 2019


5:30pm to 8:00pm


The Art Workers' Guild | 6 Queen Square | London | WC1N 3AT


  • BIID Members / £25.00
  • General / £35.00

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Guests are invited to attend a BIID lecture evening featuring textile expert John Miners and Conservation Architect Sarah Khan in the handsome Georgian surrounds of The Art Workers Guild in Bloomsbury, London.

John and Sarah will be discussing the importance of fabric and it’s uses in the historic home through to its applications that we can apply in todays modern abode.



5.30 – 6.00 pm  Registration with drinks and nibbles

6.00 – 6.45 pm John Miners ‘Historic Textiles and Their Use for Wallcoverings’

John will take designers on an exploration of the historic use of textiles in interiors looking at the use of woven wool wall hangings, including a look at the recent restoration at Dover Castle, moving through to silk walling, and horsehair upholstered panels in contemporary interiors. John will illustrate his lecture with rich imagery and fabric samples for the audience to touch and feel.

6.45 – 7.00 pm  Refreshment break

7.00 – 7.45 pm  Sarah Khan ‘Thermal Comfort and Joy: Energy Efficiency Lessons from Historic Interiors’

Sarah’s talk will introduce historic interior treatments for floors, walls, windows and ceilings and discuss the energy efficiency performance of individual historic interior treatments. Sarah’s research project into the environmental impact of historic treatments will highlight the ‘technologies’ of yesteryear proving themselves as welcome interventions in the period home revealing that a look into history can disclose many solutions that could still be used effectively today. This is especially relevant when facing the challenges of sustainably upgrading and retrofitting existing buildings, conflicts with retaining the character of important interiors with insensitive refurbishment, whilst achieving aesthetically pleasing zero-carbon solutions.

7.45 - 8.00 pm  end


An evening to relax and enjoy two fascinating lectures over wine and nibbles, designers will be leave with improved knowledge of textiles produced in South East England and the social history of the conditions under which they were made. And an introduction to a variety of historic interior treatments for floors, walls, windows and ceilings, the energy efficiency possibilities of interior treatments and practical ways to choose interior treatments for sustainable interiors.


Professional practicing interior designers, architects and individuals with an interest in historic textiles


John Miners has many years’ experience in textiles, starting his career with Samuel Courtauld & Co. Ltd in Essex. He has been involved in the sourcing and supply of historic fabrics for many restoration projects both in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the USA. His background is technical, rather than design based, and he has knowledge of the production techniques used to produce textiles in past centuries, also studying the social history aspects involved in the manufacture of fabrics. In the UK, John has worked on many projects for The National Trust, English Heritage, and Historic Royal Palaces, as well as privately owned houses, and museums administered by Local Authorities.

Sarah Khan is a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited Specialist Conservation Architect. She has worked at Roger Mears Architects since 2007 and is currently a Partner. The practice’s core work is with historic buildings of all types, as well as buildings in conservation areas. She is a Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Guardian and a member of their Technical Panel, an associate member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and is a RIBA conservation group panel member. She is currently leading the Practice’s research into sustainable upgrading of historic buildings.

Additional information

Prices are not inclusive of VAT.

This event is open to both BIID members and non-members.

About the venue

The lecture will take place in The Gradidge Room on the first floor of the venue

Directions - Nearest tube: Holborn or Russell Square, Buses: 59, 68, 168

From Holborn: Turn right out of the station along Southampton Row, then right down Cosmo Place into Queen Square. Turn left and the Art Workers’ Guild is a few doors down on the left.

From Russell Square: Turn left out of the station, then left down Herbrand Street and left down Guilford Street. Take the first right down the short passage just after the entrance to the car park, and then right around Queen Square. The Art Workers’ Guild is on the right.

Parking: Available in Queen Square – payable by meter until 6.30, free in the evening.

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