The Gilbert Scotts:

How many architects do you know named Gilbert Scott?

Wednesday 19th April 2023, 7.00 pm

Martin Buckland

St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington, with portrait of Sir George inset

St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington, and Sir George. Image: The Scott Dynasty, and the RIBA collection

An insight into this well-known family and the some of the buildings and objects they designed. Best known are the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Railway Station and the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool. There are several local examples, such as St. Cuthbert's in Darlington which was restored between 1862-5 after Sir George Gilbert Scott's report of 1861. However, there were surprises along the way concerning the architects and their structures.

Our lecturer, Martin Buckland, has been interested in industrial archaeology from the age of four when watching Great Western trains with his father at Iver where he was born. Seven decades later he is involved as a volunteer with the Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre dressed as a Victorian railway navvy in the re-enactors team. In the intervening years he studied agriculture and later worked as a careers advisor in Oxfordshire. He has fond memories of the north east, developed over several summers whilst working in Gateshead on the A-level results phone helpline.

We recorded the lecture as a Zoom, and we also provided a live Zoom broadcast for members at home.


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