Sponsored by Gallery London &  IEC Sienna
To Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of ‘The Destruction of the Country House’
The London Design Festival at the V&A will be exhibiting
Country House - Past, Present & Future’

13 – 21 September 2014

‘Country House - Past, Present & Future’ -
an educational exhibit by Marcus Binney, Architectural Historian, Author, Conservationist, and co-curator with John Harris, of the ‘Destruction of the Country House’ exhibition, V&A 1974 commissioned by Roy Strong. The exhibit looks back at the Lost Houses and the exhibition of 1974, and forward to the future of the country house. Images courtesy Country Life and the English Heritage Archive.
Marcus Binney is a British architectural historian and author, best known for his conservation work regarding Britain’s heritage.
Marcus Binney was co-curator of the Destruction of the Country House exhibition with John Harris, held at the V&A in 1974, commissioned by Roy Strong, which gave impetus to the movement to conserve British country houses. He was a driving force behind the foundation of SAVE Britain’s Heritage (SAVE) the following year, and remains its president. SAVE campaigns for the preservation and reuse of endangered historic buildings, placing particular emphasis on finding new uses for them.
He was also involved in the foundation of the Railway Heritage Trust and the Thirties Society and has been a vice-president of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society since 2005. He is chairman of Save Europe's heritage.
Binney was instrumental in saving Calke Abbey and its contents for the nation in 1984; he had highlighted and publicised the loss to the nation of such historic houses following the failure of SAVE’s attempts to preserve Mentmore Towers, a decade earlier. Marcus also writes widely on the conservation of the built environment - from 1977 until 1984 he was Architectural Editor of the British Country Life magazine. Marcus served as Editor from 1984 to 1986 and continues to contribute articles to the magazine. He has been the architectural correspondent of The Times since 1991.
Marcus Binney was founding Chairman of Heritage Link in 2002.

Binney is author of numerous books, mostly concerned with the preservation of Britain’s architectural heritage.

For Further Information : Tel: 0207 253 3500
Marcus Binney Author
Lost Houses of Scotland (1980) with John Harris and Emma Winnington
The Country House: To Be or Not to Be (1982) with Kit Martin
Chatham Historic Dockyard: Alive or Mothballed (1984) with Kit Martin
Bright Future: Re-use of Industrial Buildings (1990) with Francis Machin and Ken Powell
The Ritz Hotel, London (1999) Foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales

The Women Who Lived for Danger: The Women Agents of SOE in the Second World War (2002)
Great Houses of Europe: From the Archives of Country Life (2003)
Secret War Heroes: The Men of Special Operations Executive (2005)
The Ritz Hotel, London (2006) Centenary Edition, Foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales

In Search Of The Perfect House: 500 Of The Best Buildings In Britain And Ireland (2007)