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Book reviews — August 2022

'Journal of Historic Buildings and Places', edited by John Bold
Copies are available for non-members at ₤10 from Christina Avramakis:
I am pleased to be able to draw the attention of GLIAS members to the first edition of the new Journal of Historic Buildings and Places — edited by historian, John Bold, who has been kind enough to pass a copy to me.

Historic Buildings and Places is a new name for what was the Ancient Monuments Society — and this is their new journal. They stress that it is concerned with 'the study and conservation of all buildings of all periods and styles as well as historic townscapes and areas'. Happily for us almost all of the reviews and articles are on London subjects.

This first volume contains articles on a range of subjects and to be perfectly honest none of them is industrial, so we need to work on that and send them something! Closest perhaps is Heritage from the Air: the Aerofilms Collection with some terrific examples of their work — and perhaps views of the Hitchin gas holder, and the Ovaltine Egg Farm are — well — quite near London! There is also a review article on Pevsner's Buildings of England, which should interest many people.

However, of particular interest to me and for all Thameside readers is John Bold's 'Shipping News. The River Thames at Greenwich Peninsula' ... described as a 'brief essay on absence on loss' — something so many of us feel when we see the empty river and remember what it was once like — and which we all took for granted. There are also some terrific photographs and a commentary all the way down to the decaying Royal Iris 'an accidental monument ... emblematic of change and decay'. (And — thanks for the mentions and quotes from my book on the Greenwich Riverside). Mary Mills

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