£620,000 grant sparks major Charles Rennie Mackintosh study at University of Glasgow

By Culture24 Staff | 13 August 2009
An overhead view of a brown brick entrance to a large college building

Mackintosh designed landmark buildings including the Glasgow School of Art (above). Pic courtesy Homecoming Scotland.

The methods of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the architectural forefather responsible for a string of iconic buildings across Scotland including the Glasgow School of Art and the National Trust's Hill House, will be the subject of an in-depth study by the University of Glasgow following a £620,000 grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Mackintosh Architecture, a research project led by Professor Pamela Robertson, will use archival research, building surveys and analysis to evaluate the huge influence exerted by Mackintosh during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, producing a searching exploration of the "conspicuously under-researched" field.

"This funding will allow us to refocus on Mackintosh's core activity as an architect," outlined Robertson, who serves as Professor of Mackintosh Studies at the University's Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.

"It will give us a better understanding of the evolution of these landmark buildings, their patrons and makers, success and influence."

A black and white picture of a brick building on a country lane

Windyhill, Kilmacolm. Pic © The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

A collaborative effort with Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, the project will run for almost four year at the Hunterian, where much of Mackintosh's work is held.

It will produce detailed catalogues, construction analysis and historical accounts, which will be made freely available through an online database of statistics and essays. An exhibition and conference are also planned at the conclusion of the research.

Glasgow is currently celebrating the centenary of the Glasgow School of Art, find out more at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society website. Also see Homecoming Scotland, which celebrates Scotland's great contributions to the world.

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