The future of the past. Attitudes to conservation 1164-1974.
London, Thames & Hudson 1976.
8vo. 160pp, 125 photo text ills. Publisher’s cloth, in dust wrapper. Prof.John House’s copy, with his signature and acquisition date 6 May 1978.
Essays on changing attitudes over the centuries to the conservation and restoration of historic buildings in Britain, by contributors who include Betjeman, Pevsner and Osbert Lancaster. Betjeman’s essay is interestingly autobiographical, and Osbert Lancaster’s is unexpectedly impressive (”it is a far, far better thing for the House of God to fall into the hands of the infidel than to pass into the keeping of an Office of Works”).