Henry Scott was a significant figure in Victorian public building, transferring his duties in the Royal Engineers to those of the Exhibition Commissioners in developing London’s South Kensington museum district. He was largely responsible for the design and construction of the Royal Albert Hall and for sections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. In parallel with his public duties he built on his early experiments with calcium sulphates to patent a hydraulic binder known as ‘Selenitic’ cement, and later devised a method of cement manufacture from the residues of municipal sewage treatment. As such he represents a combined focus of interest in practical material science, commercial manufacture and the use of building materials in architectural design and construction. This paper outlines his life and work.
Author: Edwin A.R. Trout
Published: January 2017