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[Alan Crawford]

[DESIGN HISTORY SOCIETY PROJECT]




Profession: Historian and writer

Date of birth: 8 February 1943
Place of birth: Neston, Cheshire

Interviewer: Dr. Sonia Ashmore
Location: Interviewee’s home in North London





Alan Crawford is historian of the decorative arts and architecture, notably on the Arts and Crafts movement, an area of study on which he has published extensively including a seminal study C.R. Ashbee: Architect, Designer and Romantic Socialist (Yale University Press, 1985), inspired and supported by Nikolaus Pevsner whom Alan met while a student at Oxford. Alan’s extensive knowledge and interest in the figures of the movement led to his contributing several entries for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). He is a former chairman of the Victorian Society, and was an early member of the Design History Society. Currently he is chairman of the Guild of Handicraft Trust, and curator of the Court Barn Museum of Craft and Design in Chipping Camden, a project of the Trust www.courtbarn.org.uk/home

Extracts have been selected by Linda Sandino with the consent of Alan Crawford.



26 May 2007
[Crawford Track 1] with audio extracts about AC's beginnings and early experience of teaching and lecturing
[Crawford Track 2] with audio extracts about AC's memories of Nikolaus Pevsner.

16 August 2007
[Crawford Track 3] with audio extracts about social historian and oral history pioneer Paul Thompson.
[Crawford Track 4] with audio extracts about AC's other art and design related activities, and on the appeal of the Arts and Crafts.


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Publications
Books
Crawford, A. (2007). Nine lives: Artists, designers and craftspeople in Chipping Campden and the north Cotswolds since 1900, Chipping Campden: The Guild of Handicraft Trust, 2007
Crawford, A. (2007). Emery Walker: printer of pictures, Pasadena, CA: Clinker Press, 2007
Grainger, H. (2006). Death redesigned: British crematoria: History, architecture and landscape, Reading: Spire Books and the Cremation Society of Great Britain (Preface by A. Crawford)
Crawford, A. (2005) ‘The importance of the city’ in Karen Livingstone and Linda Parry (eds), International Arts and Crafts, London: V&A Publications.
Crawford, A. (2004) ‘United Kingdom: Origins and first flowering’ in W. Kaplan (ed.), The Arts & Crafts movement in Europe and America: Design for the modern world, Los Angeles and London: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Thames and Hudson.
Crawford, A. (2002). Arts and crafts walks in Broadway and Chipping Campden,
Chipping Campden: The Guild of Handicraft Trust.
Wildman, S., E. C. Burne-Jones, et al. (1998). Edward Burne-Jones, Victorian Artist-Dreamer. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art: Distributed by Harry N. Abrams.
Crawford, A. (1995). Charles Rennie Mackintosh. New York; London, Thames and Hudson.
Crawford, A. (1985). C.R. Ashbee: Architect, Designer and Romantic Socialist. New Haven, Yale University Press.
Crawford, A. (ed) (c1984) By hammer and hand: the Arts and Crafts Movement in Birmingham, Birmingham: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.
Ashbee, C. R., A. Crawford, et al. (1974). Modern English Silverwork: An essay. London, B. Weinreb.
Welch, R. (1973) Design in a Cotswold workshop. Edited by Colin Forbes. Introduction by Alan Crawford, London: Lund Humphries.

Articles
Crawford, A. (2005). The Stained Glass Windows of A.J. Davies of the Bromsgrove Guild. The Journal of Stained Glass (29): 221.
Crawford, A. (2005). 'Is Mr. Ruskin Living Too Long?' Crafts (London, England)(195): 69-70.
Crawford, A. (2002). W. A. S. Benson, Machinery, and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 24: 94-117.
Crawford, A. (2002). The Great Move Crafts (176): 32-5.
Crawford, A. (2002). ‘Gareth Hoskins Architects: A place made against the odds (The visitors’ centre, H. M. Prison Saughton, Edinburgh)’ Macjournal 5, pp. 92-97.
Crawford, A. (2001). Walter Crane. Crafts (London, England)(169): 22-3.
Crawford, A. (2001). T. J. Cobden-Sanderson. Crafts (London, England)(171): 24-5.
Crawford, A. (1999). W. A. S. Benson, Machinery, and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 24: 94-117.
Crawford, A. (1999). C. R. Ashbee Crafts (London, England)(156): 24-5.
Crawford, A. (1998). Burne-Jones: Stained Glass and Laughter The Magazine Antiques 153(6): 850-7.
Crawford, A. (1997). Ideas and Objects: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain Design Issues 13: 15-26.
Crawford, A. (1996). Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Architect as Artist The Magazine Antiques 149: 878-87.
Crawford, A., (1986) ‘Sgraffito and stained glass’ in Margot Coatts and Elizabeth Lewis (eds), Heywood Sumner: Artist and archaeologist 1853-1940 (catalogue) Winchester: Winchester City Museum, pp. 16-24.

Reviews
Crawford, A. (2002). An Architect of Promise (Book Review) The Burlington Magazine 144: 763.
Crawford, A. (1998). Toward a Simpler Way of Life (Book Review) Architects' Journal 207(5): 48.
Crawford, A. (1997). The Aesthetic Movement (Book Review) Victorian Studies 40(4): 737-9.
Crawford, A. (1997). Arts and Crafts in Late Imperial Russia (Book Review) Victorian Studies 41(1): 160-2.

Entries Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)
for C. R. Ashbee, Aubrey Beardsley, the Barnsley family, Cecil Brewer, T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, Douglas Cockerell, Walter Crane, Arthur and Georgie Gaskin, Ambrose Heal, Charles Holden, Herbert Horne, Edward Johnston, C. R. Mackintosh and Robert Welch.