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Dr Aileen Reid
Bartlett School of Architecture UCL
22 Gordon Street
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  • Researcher
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

I have worked as a historian since 2005 on the Survey of London, the longstanding history of London's streets and buildings, which since 2013 has been a permanent research project within the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. My particular interests are in British architecture 1850-1914, especially in London, and in using film in urban history research. I and my colleagues also do some teaching at the Bartlett. I have also made a short film, The Winstanley Plays Itself, that blends feature film and newsreel clips with the narrative voice of the Survey of London. I am currently writing a book on the architect Edward William Godwin (1833-86), to be published by Historic England/Liverpool University Press in 2022/3. Before joining the Survey I was a journalist for many years, lastly as Assistant Literary Editor on the Sunday Telegraph (1998-2005). I also worked as academic curator, researching and preparing for the opening to the public of 7 Hammersmith Terrace, the home of Emery Walker, the antiquary, printer and associate of William Morris, and still hold this as an honorary post.

Research Summary

I was a research associate on the AHRC-funded project Cinematic Geographies of Battersea (PI Prof Francois Penz, University of Cambridge) in 2012-2014, and on the Histories of Whitechapel project, also funded by the AHRC (PI Peter Guillery, Bartlett) in 2016-2019. 

Teaching Summary

I teach on the Surveying and Recording of Cities module in the MA in Architecture and Historic Urban Environments (on film and the urban historian), and on the MA in Architectural History (architecture in London and oral history). 

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