Sarah Ann Milne is a lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Westminster. She trained as an architect, but a growing curiosity about the past led her into architectural history. In addition to her post at Westminster, Sarah is a research associate at the Survey of London (Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London).
At Westminster, Sarah teaches history and theory at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is Module Leader for first year Cultural Context and leads an MArch seminar/dissertation group focussing on the work and archive of Gordon Cullen (1914-1994).
Sarah’s specialisation is in early modern London and its architecture. Her thesis examined the acquisition and development of the estate of one large mercantile guild, the London Drapers’ Company, in the post-reformation period (c.1540-1640). Related to this, the London Record Society will publish her transcription of The Drapers’ Company Dinner Book in 2019.
Sarah takes a micro-historical and interdisciplinary approach to buildings in order to contribute to broader conversations about how cities change in the long term. She has a developing interest in methodologies of architectural history (i.e. archival, oral, digital practices). Often, her research seeks to uncover more diverse stories of the built environment utilising evidence less familiar to architectural historians.
At the Survey of London, she is currently working on the experimental 'Histories of Whitechapel' project, and will see the subsequent publication through to completion. This work has deepened her concern for the ways in which trade and migration have shaped city development and architecture over centuries.
She participates in the newly established research group, Global Urban History Project, and has published articles on a sixteenth-century city block characterised by increasingly international mercantile activity, and a hostel for British seamen from the Caribbean and West Africa set-up in the mid-twentieth century.
At the University of Westminster, she has led initial research into the Gordon Cullen Archive.