For the most part, architectural history in Britain is the story of gradual change and evolution, of long term trends that give meaning to events as they unfold, even moments of apparent crescendo and climax. From time to time, however, there comes a tipping point when old certainties are overturned, new ideas break free and the clock of history is reset: we call this a Year Zero.​

In the sixth and final talk of the series, Frances Sands, curator of Drawings and Books at Sir John Soane’s Museum, discusses the ‘panic’ of 1772: a year which saw a major banking crisis cast a shadow over British architect Robert Adam’s remaining carer and legacy.

Frances Sands is responsible for the Soane Museum’s collection of 30,000 drawings and 7,000 books and manages the Museum’s research library. Her research focus is on early-modern British architectural drawings, on which she regularly publishes and lectures. Sands is also a Trustee of the SAHGB and of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust.

About the series

This series, organised in partnership with Machine Books, invites writers, critics, historians and architects to identify and reflect on a single Year Zero – when the trajectories of architectural and broader history connect and coincide and the status quo is changed forever. Each speaker has written a complimentary essay, available to purchase as an ebook, discussing their own Year Zero.

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on or 020 7405 2107.

Event Info

08 May 2019

19:00 to 20:00

£10 / £5 students