Reference number
  • D/068
  • Collection
  • c. 1960 - 1990
Extent and medium
  • 0.5 linear metres comprising 5 boxes of slides and 4 rolled plans
  • The collection includes three plans detailing a reconstruction of the interior layout of Bradgate House (situated in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire), as well as one diagram of a reconstruction of Bradgate House's exterior. The collection also includes several boxes of slides with photographs and diagrams regarding the following categories: - Leicestershire houses – including Cossington and Belvoir Castle. - Building conservation faults – a selection of photographs of building damage annotated with their causes, such as "damage by boiler fumes" and "salt/wind erosion" - The history of English building styles (domestic) - The history of English building styles (domestic: interior) - The history of English building styles (ecclesiastical) - Personal – a selection of photographs from various locations such as Pisa, Italy, some of which are labelled "appreciation of architecture"
Administrative history
  • Douglas Arthur 'Peter' Blakesley took on a role as studio instructor at the Leicester School of Architecture in the academic year of 1946-47 following the completion of his studies there. From there he was promoted to a lecturer in the academic year 1954-55. At the end of the academic year 1977-78, Blakesley retired following record service – being associated with the school since 1934. Blakesley is also credited as being instrumental in setting up a Postgraduate Building Conservation Course (one of only three in Britain as of 1978), of which he was the principal lecturer.
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available to researchers.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Material may be copied for research purposes only, subject to copyright regulations and the condition of the material.
System of arrangement
  • The slide collection has been repackaged but the slides kept together as Blakesley had organised them.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • The collection was donated by Blakesley's son.
Related units of description
  • »Information about Blakesley was found in Leicester Polytechnic annual reports and prospectuses. He is also mentioned in *The Leicester School of Architecture, 1940-1952* . A copy of this book is available in Special Collections, reference LC 378.42542.
Archivist's note
  • Description prepared by Paris Cross, volunteer, July 2017.