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From Plunder to PreservationBritain and the Heritage of Empire, c.1800–1940$
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Astrid Swenson and Peter Mandler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265413

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265413.001.0001

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Unity Out of Diversity? The Making of a Modern Christian Monument in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

Unity Out of Diversity? The Making of a Modern Christian Monument in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan

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(p.63) 4 Unity Out of Diversity? The Making of a Modern Christian Monument in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
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From Plunder to Preservation
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Robin Cormack

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265413.003.0004

The landscape of Khartoum was changed when in 1906 a British Arts and Craft architect was commissioned to build the Anglican Cathedral of All Souls — partly as a memorial to General Gordon. The design was exhibited in 1909, and described as ‘A very curious piece of architecture, the style of which we presume is suggested by local associations’. The finished church, it is argued, was the masterpiece of the architect Robert Weir Schultz, an evocative blend of his earlier studies of Byzantine architecture in Greece, and medieval buildings in England and Cairo, and an impressive response to local conditions and materials in Sudan. The building has survived to today, but as the Museum of Sudanese History. Its fine furniture has been moved out, but can be tracked down. The original ensemble can be re-assessed as an evocation of an early Christian environment in a developing country.

Keywords:   Khartoum, Gordon, Weir Schultz, Byzantine, Greece, Cairo, arts and crafts, Anglican Cathedral

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