LaTrobe-Bateman, Richard (8 of 10) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Subjects

    Furniture making

  • Recording date

    2005-04-12, 2005-04-21, 2005-05-06, 2005-05-23

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Somerset

  • Interviewees

    La Trobe-Bateman, Richard, 1938 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 8: Definition of the words 'stress' and 'strain'. Description of RLTB's interest in materials, structures and economy, and the lack of critical interest in these elements in the crafts arena. Description of the design requirements in a bridge: economy and structure. Story about making a bridge for an exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts gallery (1987), mentions Tatiana Marsden. Mentions the inclusion of RTLB's bridges in Tanya Harrod's 'The Crafts in Britain in the Twentieth Century', and in Martina Margett's 'Objects of Our Time'. Description of the bridge. Comments on the legal and planning constraints on bridge building. Description of RLTB's forefathers' professions as architects and engineers, mentions Benjamin La Trobe, designers on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad,. Remarks on using a Fink truss.

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