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).

New Season: Opening Scottish Country Houses to Visitors

In 1936 when the NTS Country House Scheme was founded, only two Scottish houses were open regularly, Abbotsford and Cawdor, both for their literary associations.

Our first lecturer in the 2018 - 19 programme is Ian Gow, retired Chief Curator of the National Trust for Scotland. opens on Wednesday 17 October 2018, He will discuss owners' attitudes and the history of opening private Scottish houses to visitors, with particular reference to the NTS Country House Scheme and its English counterpart.

The talk anticipates the lecturer's contribution to The Country House Past Present and Future: Great Houses of the British Isles edited by David Cannadine and Jeremy Musson.

Our full programme for 2018 - 19 will be published here shortly: in the meantime, make a note in your diaries that the Christmas party will be on 11 December.

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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