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Construction History Vol 38, No 1, 2023

Lucie Clarke discusses the heritage significance of building services in her article on the installation and impact of artificial lighting at Hatfield House, where Lord Salisbury adopted gas and electric lighting in the late 19th century. This appears in Construction History, the international journal of the Construction History Society (Vol 38, No 1, 2023). The author draws on previously unpublished archival records to explore the complex role played by Hatfield’s owner who, renowned for his interest in science and technology, was personally involved with the works to the house, setting him apart from the vast majority of his contemporary aristocratic landowners. Clark attempts to answer questions as to how the owners of great country houses went about installing new technologies, and the effect of such efforts on the fabric of the buildings.

This article originally in the Institute of Historic Building Conservation’s (IHBC’s) Context 177, published in September 2023.

--Institute of Historic Building Conservation

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