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).

John Evelyn and his garden

John Evelyn's Garden

At our April lecture, Juliet Odgers will speak on John Evelyn's Sayes Court Garden: A theatre of the sun and moon. Juliet will be reconstructing the now lost garden from Evelyn's drawings and, in dialogue with his draft for an all-encompassing book on gardening, Elysium Britannicum: or, The Royal Gardens and other texts, she will interpret its meanings.

This is a change from our originally published programme: Tom Brigden has asked for his talk on The Protected Vista to be deferred to the autumn programme.

More about our April lecture.

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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