The Bartlett School of Architecture


Mansio to tour Hadrian’s Wall

15 March 2016


Bartlett School of Architecture Lecturer Matthew Butcher has been commissioned to design a mobile space for writers, poets and thinkers. The 'Mansio' will tour a series of sites along Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site during the summer as part of the Hexham Book Festival launching on 23 April 2016.

Commenting on the project, Matthew said: 'The design references northern England’s historic and industrial past. lt appears like a translucent ghost amongst the traces of the past armies and inhabitants from all over the Roman world who occupied the trading posts, forts and settlements of this remote border landscape.'

Matthew is collaborating on the design of Mansio with Bartlett School of Architecture alumni Owain Williams and Kieran Thomas Wardle. The project has been commissioned by the Hexham Book Festival in association with Peter Sharpe, the curator for Kielder Art and Architecture programme.

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Mansio is funded by Arts Council England Strategic Touring, Active Northumberland and contributions from partners: English Heritage, Northumberland National Park, Queen’s Hall Arts, Tyne & Wear Museums, Senhouse Museum and Vindolanda Trust.