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Dr Sarah Milne
Room 5.14
22 Gordon Street
  • Research Associate
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Sarah Ann Milne is Research Associate at the Survey of London. She trained as an architect, but a growing curiosity about the past led her into architectural history. She was previously Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Westminster.

Research Summary

Sarah’s specialisation is in early modern London and its architecture. Her thesis examined the acquisition and development of the estate of one large mercantile guild, the London Drapers’ Company, in the post-reformation period (c.1540-1640). Related to this, the London Record Society published her transcription of The Drapers’ Company Dinner Book in 2019.

Sarah takes a micro-historical and interdisciplinary approach to buildings in order to contribute to broader conversations about how cities change in the long term. She has a developing interest in methodologies of architectural history (i.e. archival, oral, digital practices). Often, her research seeks to uncover more diverse stories of the built environment utilising evidence less familiar to architectural historians. Aiming to document how the discipline itself has developed, she is Project Manager for 'An Oral History of Architectural Historians' run by the SAHGB.

At the Survey of London, she is currently working on the experimental 'Histories of Whitechapel' project, and will see the subsequent publication through to completion. This work has deepened her concern for the ways in which trade and migration have shaped city development and architecture over centuries.

She participates in the newly established research group, Global Urban History Project, and has published articles on a sixteenth-century city block characterised by increasingly international mercantile activity, and a hostel for British seamen from the Caribbean and West Africa set-up in the mid-twentieth century.

Teaching Summary

Sarah leads the module 'Surveying and Recording Cities' which is part of the MA in Architecture and Historic Urban Environments (MAHUE).

Academic Background
2016 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Architectural History University of Westminster
2010 P.Grad Dip Postgraduate Diploma – Architecture University of Westminster
2007 B.Arch Bachelor of Architecture – Architecture Glasgow School of Art
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