"Have you got a slate loose?"
The Society's winter programme of talks continued on Monday 26th October when Malcolm Burrows asked members and visitors "Have you got a slate loose?" Malcolm's talk was a history of roofing materials in English vernacular architecture. He explained some of the technology and tradition behind the use of thatch, stone slabs (both grit-stone and limestone), slate, common tiles and pantiles. The presentation was illustrated with a series of excellent photographs which showed the wealth of history that is to be found just above our normal sight-lines and which we miss so easily as we walk around with our eyes directed on the ground.
As I walked through Derby the next morning, keeping a watch out for a particularly fine example of decorative slating that Malcolm had illustrated the previous night, I felt sure that I wasn't the only member of the society who had discovered a new interest in the urban landscape.