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Materials Essay




Materials Essay, Year 1, Term 1

A brief essay of 1000 to 1500 words on the sources of building materials that were exploited in the Middle Ages in a locality of the student’s choice.

Their importance is then contrasted  either with that of materials brought from greater distances, or their use in modern times. The essay is illustrated with examples of buildings using the materials selected and with whatever photographs, drawings and maps necessary to communicate the argument.

The first assignment of the course, the exercise is intended to introduce students to research and thinking about the construction of materials of historic buildings.