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).

Castle Howard

February Meeting

Our February lecturer, Christopher Ridgway, is curator at Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. He will discuss the design influences on the Baroque house as it appeared in the early years of the 18th century under the auspices of Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor, how the house took shape, and the Palladian completion under Sir Thomas Robinson. Whilst not proposing a full chronology he will mention a few later important episodes - the chapel and work on the west roofline in the 19th Century, and of course the fire and its aftermath.

More about our February lecture.

Programme change

There is a change in our April 25th lecture. Tom Brigden has asked for his talk on The Protected Vista to be deferred to the autumn programme: his place has been taken by Juliet Odgers, who will speak on John Evelyn's Sayes Court Garden: A theatre of the sun and moon.

Further details about Juliet and the topic.

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).


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