Dan Cruickshank reconstructs history’s great buildings

St Peter's School

Dan Cruickshank reconstructs history’s great buildings

Dan Cruickshank at St Peter's School
Revered art historian Dan Cruickshank has come to what he described as “the home of some of Britain’s finest architecture” to enthral an audience at the York Literature Festival.

Cruickshank shared his History of the World in 100 Buildings with an audience of over 400 at St Peter’s School, illuminating the stories behind some of the world’s most spectacular structures and recounting the incredible experiences that never made it to his many TV programmes.

Cruickshank’s chosen buildings took in a breath-taking range of places and periods, from the Mesopotamian pyramids which pre-date those of Egypt, to the post-war resurrection of Warsaw and St Petersburg.

The audience quizzed Cruickshank on an array of topics, including the buildings he’d most like to see rebuilt, and the possibility of reconstructing some of Yorkshire’s great abbeys.

Dan Cruickshank at St Peter's School
Charlotte Chisholm, Head of Art at St Peter’s and host for the evening, said: “Dan’s talk was beyond inspirational. His boundless enthusiasm for his subject is so infectious, and we were all fascinated to hear about his vast and enviable experiences travelling the world. We heard some terrific questions from the audience, and to have so many stay behind to talk to Dan after the lecture is testament to just how captivating his talk was. Many thanks to him for a wonderful evening.”