Dr James Jago
The St Stephen’s project offers a fascinating opportunity to explore the adaption of a medieval building for the purposes of early-modern government. As an architectural historian, with a longstanding interest in the associative power of buildings in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, I am especially keen to examine alterations made to St Stephen’s Chapel, to accommodate the Lower House of Parliament. Along with this, I wish to explore the growing inter-play between the Commons as an institution and its architectural setting, across diverse popular printed and visual media. How this culminates in Christopher Wren’s radical re-casting of the Commons Chamber in 1692, and the legacy of this intervention, are also matters of significance.
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- @Tudorgentleman @HistParl @VSS_Project There's an article in Notes and Queries by George Chowdhari Best on the orig… https://t.co/LLIHPIKlVv 10 hours 47 min ago
- @HistParl @VSS_Project Thanks @HistParl. You have just emboldened me to make a claim for the origins of House of Commons green! 10 hours 58 min ago
- @Tudorgentleman @VSS_Project We don't know this one John - but before St Stephen’s benches belong to host instituti… https://t.co/4UbBY1lyLb 11 hours 4 min ago
- You were so helpful yesterday, @HistParl... your take on the origins of House of Commons green? Elizabethan or earlier? @VSS_Project 1 day 5 hours ago
- My @VSS_Project #WordOfTheDay: smalt. Deep blue glass coloured by cobalt oxide, finely pulverized, to paint the royal arms. 1 day 9 hours ago