Papers of Dr Quentin Hughes, on buildings mainly in Merseyside and Chester

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection is an admixture of the photographs and notes used by Dr. Quentin Hughes mainly in writing his Seaport, Architecture and Townscape in Liverpool, 1964, and the surveys etc. compiled by students of the School of Architecture as part of the Measured Drawings Programme of the architecture course.

The Measured Drawings Programme of the architecture course was undertaken by students in their second year, mainly over the period 1960-1970; the Programme has been revived as part of the 2nd & 3rd year courses from Session 1976-77 onwards.

However there are one or two examples of measured drawings made at an earlier date (e.g. Harbour-Master's house, James Street, made in 1944, and Oldham Street building made in 1946 : see pp.Houses section and Council & Misc. section). Details of how the programme was to be completed, in three parts - survey drawings, measured drawings, and written report - were given in Programme Notes which also suggested buildings which might be measured. Students generally worked in groups of two to six depending on the size and complexity of the subject.

The majority of photographs of measured drawings were taken by the Central Photographic Service of the University. The other photographs in the collection were taken by Dr. Quentin Hughes or by students of the School unless otherwise stated (e.g. in the case of commercial photographs and National Monuments Record photographs).

Univ. of Lpl. Annual Report of the Vice-Chancellor, Nov. 1905, pp. 27-28 ref. to measured drawings of architecture students becoming the University's property and ref. to buildings covered (non Merseyside buildings).

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Quentin Hughes, Lecture and Studio Instructor in Architecture 1955-61, later Senior Lecturer (1961-68) in Architecture and Reader (1968-84) University of Liverpool

Arrangement

There are no D71/26-29. They have been left for possible future sections.

Divided geographically into two sections:

  • D71/1-25  Merseyside
  • D71/30-41  Chester

Conditions Governing Access

Access is open to bona fide researchers unless otherwise stated.

Acquisition Information

Dr J Quentin Hughes, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool; Oct-Dec 1973, and subsequently

Note

There are no D71/26-29. They have been left for possible future sections.

Alternative Form Available

The majority of photographs of measured drawings were taken by the Central Photographic Service of the University. The references in the list (eg. 60/2527) refer to the CPS negative number (held in Special Collections and Archives)

Accruals

Arrangements will be made as regards measured drawings made in Sessions 1976-77 onwards to deposit the drawings in the Liverpool Record Office and photographs of the same with the University Archives.

Related Material

Also in the Archive of the University of Liverpool, Records of the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies:School of Architecture and Building Engineering are: ref no. A039 Summary List of the photographs, slides, etc. of Dr. J. Quentin Hughes

A number of the original measured drawings survive and were deposited by Dr Quentin Hughes in the Liverpool Record Office (mainly ACC 1736 and 1804). The Record Office has stored them in plan files in its gallery and has an alphabetically arranged card index to the same which gives a bare description of the drawings. It would appear that not all original measured drawings, of which photographs survive, exist.

Bibliography

Hughes, James Quentin,Seaport, architecture and townscape in Liverpool,Lund Humphries, London, 1964

Obituaries:

  • The Independent, 17May 2004
  • The Times, 8 June 2004
  • The Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2004
  • The Guardian, 17 May 2004