Patrick Parsons had the pleasure of hosting an architectural graduate from the University of Venice for the day, which involved a tour of our North East heritage projects.
Giulia Pannochia is the first recipient of the new Gloria e Marco (GeM) award, a memorial fund in the name of two young Italian conservation architects who perished in the Grenfell Tower fire. The scholarship was set up to help talented young Italian graduates, interested in conservation, to come to this country to study and work.
The day started in Newcastle city centre, with a tour of the The Black Gate, one of the last remaining parts of the city’s medieval castle. At the next stop, hard hats were donned for a trip down Victoria Tunnel, a preserved 19th century waggonway under the city, built to transport coal and converted into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during WWII. The day ended with a tour of Alnwick Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in England and home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family for over 700 years.