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).
The Buildings of Sunderland
Our April lecturer is architectural historian Dr Michael Johnson of Northumbria University. He will guide us on a virtual tour of the city's finest historic buildings and modern architectural statements, from the Saxon church of St Peter, heavily restored by R.J. Johnson, to the controversial Civic Centre and the modern Stadium of Light.
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.
Details of our AGM, to be held on Saturday 11th May 2019, 11.00 am - 4.30 pm, at Ushaw College, County Durham, have now been circulated to members, and are also available on this website. Please return the booking form by Wednesday 1st May at the latest. Placed on the tours are limited.
Members should also have received details of our Summer Away Days to County Down and South Belfast: the dates for this are Tuesday 2nd July to Friday 5th July. We will be staying in an award-winning, converted linen mill in the countryside near Downpatrick. Buildings to be visited in this 'Pale beyond the Pale' range from the Anglo-Norman castles and towers, mansions and churches, to buildings of the Queen's University of Belfast with Ireland's most modern library. More information here, and booking instructions.