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1st Edition

History, Repair and Conservation

ISBN 9781138121157
Published March 12, 2020 by Routledge
426 Pages 141 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

In Doors: History, Repair and Conservation, readers are guided through the function, history, development, care, repair and conservation of doors by chapter authors who are experts in their field. This book offers depth and range of detail from dating and archaeology right through to the surveying, recording, engineering and curation of the door, its furniture and the part of the building into which it is set.

Doors vary from basic designs to exceptional and intricate masterpieces of craftmanship. Whether wood, stone, metal or glass, throughout history doors have been vital barriers against weather and intruders, providing those inside with protection, privacy and comfort. Split into three sections, this book covers history, development, identification and dating of doors, maintenance and engineering of doors and door openings, and materials of doors, their furniture openings and surrounds. Throughout the book the authors provide detailed photographs, drawings, techniques and methodologies and the latest research available.

Doors is the first major reference work devoted to the understanding of doors and doorways and the issues surrounding their repair and conservation. This comprehensive, highly-illustrated, full-colour study will provide professionals, students and academics with a complete overview of door conservation that will inform both research and practice for years to come.

Table of Contents





James W. P. Campbell and Michael Tutton


1 A Introduction to the Development of the Door and its Decoratin from its Beginning to the End of the Middles Ages

Michael Tutton

2 The Historical Development of the Door from the Middle Ages to the Present Day

James W. P Campbell

3 Dating Doors by their Details (1550-1850)

Linda Hall

4 Hinges as an aid to authentication and dating

Adam Menuge

5 The Survey and Scientific Dating of Doors

Caroline Hardie




6 The Design, Geometry, Accessibility and Safety of Door

James W P Campbell

7 Engineering and the Design of Doors

David Yeomans



8 Conservation and Repair of Historic Timber doors

Ian McCraig

9 The Conservation and Reapir of Bronze Doors

Lucy Branch

10 Repair and Conservation of Stone Door Surrounds

Tom Flemons

11 The Conservation and Reapir of Locks

Richard Taylor

12 Maintenance and Cleaning of Historic Doors

Adam Menuge




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James W.P. Campbell MA, PhD, FSA, IHBC RIBA, is currently the Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Seear Fellow in Architecture and History of Art at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He is chairman of the Construction History Society and on the editorial panel of the Journal of Architectural Conservation. His previous books include Brick: A World History (2003), Building St Paul’s (2007), The Library: A World History (2013) and in the current series he co-edited with Michael Tutton Staircases: History, Repair and Conservation (2014).

Michael Tutton, FSA, IHBC, has some 30 years' experience, largely in the construction industry, working principally on historic buildings as a site manager, clerk of works and consultant. He is past chairman of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and is a Trustee of the Construction History Society. He currently divides his time as assistant architectural adviser to Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and as an independent scholar writing and editing. He is co-editor of the two previous books in this series, Windows: History, Repair and Conservation, with Elizabeth Hirst and Staircases: History, Repair and Conservation, with James W. P. Campbell.


"Campbell, Tutton and colleagues have produced a text on doors unlike any that now exists.  It gives a comprehensive history of the door, deals with the fundamentals of construction, design and detailing, and deals with every aspect of conservation."

- Professor Miles Lewis, Architectural Historian, Melbourne


"Doors is the first comprehensive study of a subject that will interest all those, from conservation architects to historians, who work professionally with these indispensable everyday objects. An impressive array of leading experts, including conservators, craftsmen, scholars and archaeologists, and several who are all of these, present here in lucid and readable chapters an account of the history of known doors, their details and ironmongery, construction, engineering and restoration, with many fascinating case studies drawn from the authors’ own experience."

- Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Reader in Architecture, University of Kent