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Goodbye English Heritage, hello Bartlett: Survey of London rehomed

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The Survey of London, the detailed Pevsner-like encyclodedia of the capital’s buildings, has moved from English Heritage to the UCL’s Bartlett faculty of the built environment

The 120 year-old project to meticulously study and document the capital’s built environment will become part of the teaching and research programme at the prestigious university.

Survey of London was founded by Charles Robert Ashbee in 1894 to record all of London’s buildings of historic value.

The project – published in 48 volumes – features detailed architectural and topographical studies of London streets and buildings which sometimes run to thousands of words in length. An entire volume is dedicated to Charterhouse and districts covered so far include Chelsea, St James, Soho and the Isle of Dogs.

Two further volumes covering Battersea in south west London are planned for publication in November 2013.

Andrew Saint, the survey’s general editor, said: ‘It is excellent news that we can pass on the success of the Survey to such a strong institution.

‘No other city in the world can boast a publication about its urban history with the same depth and breadth as the Survey of London. It is an outstanding example of continuity and innovation in the field of descriptive and analytical urban history, and its move to The Bartlett ensures it will enjoy a strong and secure future.’

Bartlett vice dean of research Murray Fraser said: Recording and interpreting our heritage is an essential part of creating the future. 

‘The addition of the Survey enables us to expand UCL’s expertise in the field of cultural heritage and to engage more closely with its local urban environment as a focus for research.’

Under the move, the Survey will continue to be published by Yale University Press and the project’s entire seven-strong editorial, research and illustrative team will relocate to the West End university.





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