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).

Programme for 2019 - 2020

Our outline programme for the coming year has now been distributed to members, and is published on this website.

Early British New Brutalism

October lecture

The season opens on Wednesday 23 October with a lecture on British New Brutalism. Our lecturer, Dr Stephen Parnell, will present his recent research on early British New Brutalism as viewed from the 21st century, focusing specifically on Alison and Peter Smithson and Theo Crosby. We will look at the early houses of each architect and then ask questions about how the principles might be adopted for today's architecture, specifically with regard to updating our lecturer's own 1958 house in Tynemouth.

More about our October 2019 lecture.

Your contributions invited

Once again, our 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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