On May 24th 2014, the Glasgow School of Art suffered a devastating fire, which rose from basement to the second floor roof, and destroyed, almost completely, one of the "finest rooms in the world"...

macschoolofartThe Library, with its rare books and purpose designed furniture.

Four years on, and it is approaching the end of a comprehensive restoration process that has involved painstaking research, through archives and archaeology of the salvaged remains. This is a restoration project that seeks not only to take the building back in spirit and overall appearance to the original 1909 Charles Rennie Mackintosh design intent… but also to take advantage of the opportunity of the forced closure of the building, the exposure of its inner structure, and the advances in technology, to bring the building back fit for another century of hard student focused use.

On Thursday, 15th February, 2018, Liz Davidson will deliver her lecture on , where she will explore the decisions and choices made along the journey of the restoration project, as well as the challenges and opportunities that it presented. As with all lectures in our annual programme, members and non-members of Glasgow Archaeological Society are welcome to attend, free of charge. The lecture starts at 7:30pm in the Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow University.  



About the Lecturer – Liz Davidson IHBC, FRIAS, OBE

Senior Project Manager, Mackintosh Project

Liz Davidson is the Senior Project Manager at the Glasgow School of Art, charged with co-ordinating the restoration of the fire-damaged Mackintosh building.

Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art as a post graduate in Architectural Conservation, Liz has been involved in most aspects of Scotland’s built heritage. She was Head of Conservation and Design at Glasgow City Council with an active statutory role in maintaining the highest standards of historic building repair and maintenance in conjunction with encouraging the best and most inspirational designs in contemporary incursions and new development.

Previous to this as Project Director of the Merchant City Initiative she led the Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage programme to regenerate the Merchant City through an extensive arts led programme of building repair, repaving and lighting of main streets, proactive cultural and creative business strategy, public art commissions, street markets, and the now annual Merchant City festival. She also, as Director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust oversaw the introduction of the UK's first Doors Open Day, now a mass participation architectural event.