Fairfax House: Georgian Studies Symposium

Fairfax House: Georgian Studies Symposium

The Georgian Group is delighted to announce the following Call for Papers from Fairfax House for their 2018 Georgian Studies Symposium: Rethinking the Genius of Grinling Gibbons:



Proposals for papers dealing with ‘rethinking’ Grinling Gibbons are enthusiastically invited for potential inclusion in a one-day interdisciplinary symposium. We are keen to encourage participation from people from a wide range of disciplines and career profiles: museum professionals and volunteers, early career and distinguished scholars, curators and teachers in higher education, as well as artists, craftspeople and other practitioners.

We are seeking (1) more formal 20 minutes papers to be presented in panels organised around relevant themes, and (2) 10 minute object-based presentations and discussions which can be informal or formal in nature, focused on a particular work by or relevant to Gibbons.

Please send proposals for either section 1 (formal 20-minute papers) or section 2 (10-minute object-based presentations), accompanied by a brief biography, to:

fairfaxhousesymposium@gmail.com by 31 August 2018.

Any queries about the symposium should be sent to the same address.


The 2018 Symposium takes place on Friday 19th October at the York Hilton Hotel and Fairfax House, York. Held in conjunction with the exhibition 'The Genius of Grinling Gibbons' at Fairfax House, and in partnership with the History of Art department at the University of York, the symposium aims to stimulate new thinking and new perspectives on the life, work, legacy, and significance of Grinling Gibbons, master carver of Restoration England. 


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Georgian Group Northamptonshire Tour

Georgian Group Northamptonshire Tour

Great Country Houses and Gardens in Northamptonshire


The Georgian Group is delighted to share details of its upcoming annual country house tour, which this year will take place in ‘The Rose of the Shires’, Northamptonshire, from Monday 8 – Friday 12 October. Home to some of the most beautiful countryside in England, Northamptonshire provides an idyllic setting for a rich array of country houses containing a treasure trove of fine paintings, exquisite interiors and superb gardens.


The tour will provide the opportunity to explore some of the country’s finest houses, including those not usually open to the public. Highlights will include Boughton House, the home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry sometimes known as ‘The English Versailles’, and Easton Neston, Nicholas Hawksmoor’s baroque jewel which Leon Max has generously opened up to us for a rare public tour. The finale of the trip will be a candlelit Gala Dinner at Althorp, home of the Earl Spencer.


The tour will depart from and end in London and accommodation will be provided at Fawlsey Hall, itself a grade I-listed country house hotel set in a ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. All meals will be provided as will travel by private luxury coach.


For a full itinerary, please click here.


Both members and non-members of the Georgian Group are welcome on the tour. For a booking form, please click here.


For further information, please contact the Georgian Group at office@georgiangroup.org.uk.

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Georgian Group Symposium: The Architecture of James Gibbs

Georgian Group Symposium: The Architecture of James Gibbs

The Georgian Group is pleased to announce its forthcoming symposium on the work of James Gibbs. This one-day symposium, on Saturday 29 September at the Society of Antiquaries, will reassess, and throw new light upon, Gibbs's achievements and their significance for the understanding of Georgian architecture. The symposium will be held from 10 am to 5.15 pm, and will be led by Dr Geoffrey Tyack, editor of the Georgian Group Journal. Speakers will include leading authorities on eighteenth-century British architecture and decorative art - among them Andrew Martindale, Peter Guillery, Richard Hewlings, Charles Hind, Hugh Petter and Alec Cobbe - and younger scholars.

For further information and to book tickets please click here

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Our Aims and Purpose

The Georgian Group is the national charity dedicated to preserving Georgian buildings and gardens. We were founded in 1937.  

We aim to protect historic buildings through providing advice to owners and architects, campaigning, and through our role as statutory consultees in the planning system. Our annual awards promote excellence in design and conservation. In its casework, the Georgian Group advises councils, church bodies, and others on threats to the historic fabric and setting of structures built between 1700 and 1840.

The Group organises lectures and other events aimed at improving the understanding of aspects of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century built heritage.  We also produce technical advice leaflets, and promote the publication of academic research through our journal.