The Society was established in the 1970s. It aims to encourage the study and enjoyment of architecture, buildings, their contents and settings by organising lectures and visits. It usually holds its lectures in the Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne. and enjoys a close association with the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape of Newcastle University. (Read our constitution, revised October 2018).

Pittencrieff House

November lecture

Our second lecture of the season considers the use of lime mortar in building conservation, taking the reinstatement of external lime finishes at Pittencrieff House in Dunfermline as a typical example. Roz Artis, Director of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT), with over 25 years' experience in building conservation, will take us on a journey from survey, sampling and analysis of building materials to the reinstatement of vibrant and authentic external building finishes.

More about our November 2019 lecture.

(Post) Christmas party

This year we are ringing the changes with a Post-Christmas party, and this will be held on Wednesday 8 January at the Banquet Hall at Blackfriars Restaurant.

Members should now have received a flyer with details and a booking form (more information here). Booking closes Friday 3rd January 2020, but you are urged to book early: Numbers are limited to 50.

Your contributions invited

Once again, our formal January meeting will consist of a series of short talks by members. So far topics range from the 18th century to our own times, from vernacular to highly formal and to the unexpected. If you have a concise tailpiece to get off your chest, it may not be too late: more information here.

Looking further ahead, aach July we organise a three- or four-day trip to visit architecturally interesting buildings and landscapes. Do you have any ideas for places to visit next year? Could you to help organise a trip? Please contact the committee with any suggestions.

All meetings are held in the Fine Arts Lecture Theatre at Newcastle University, with refreshments available from 7.00, 7.30 for start of lecture. (how to find the venue).

Please note that all access is now via the disabled access door on the Kings Road side of the building.


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