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(Dr Frank Salmon, Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley, Dr James Campbell, Prof David Watkin, Prof Gavin Stamp)

Since the establishment in Cambridge in 1961 of the teaching of History of Art, the study of British architecture has played a central role through papers in Part II of the Fine Arts Tripos.

The first visiting lecturers in the subject at that time included the two leading architectural historians in Britain, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Sir John Summerson, and the centrality of research in this field, notably in post-medieval architecture, has continued up to the present time without a break. Professor David Watkin and, from 2006, Dr Frank Salmon, have encouraged Ph.D. and M.Phil. students to explore new aspects of this field. Dissertations completed in the last two years have covered the lost seventeenth-century palaces in the Strand, the post World War II rebuilding of Wren's church of St Mary-le-Bow, and Lutyens as a church architect.