English Architecture 1690-1750 : To Be or Not To Be Palladian

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The Georgian Group is delighted to announce the following conference organised by the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford:


Most people associate British architecture of the first half of the eighteenth century with the Palladian revival promoted by Lord Burlington and Colen Campbell and with buildings such as Chiswick House or the York Assembly Rooms. Although it was an important, even dominant, mode of building for a time, it was not universally adopted. This weekend will explore the other traditions – among them different varieties of Classical architecture, Baroque and Gothic – which continued alongside those of the Palladian revolution. Questions to be considered include the factors which led individual patrons and architects to make particular stylistic choices for individual projects, with a main, but not exclusive, focus on different kinds of house.

There will be a walk to relevant buildings in central Oxford on the Saturday afternoon, with a considerable amount of standing. Participants should come prepared for all weathers and with suitable footwear for urban but possibly uneven surfaces.

Programme Details

Friday 11 May 2018

6.15pm Registration (for those who have booked meals and or accommodation)

6.30pm Dinner

7.45pm Registration (for those who have booked as non-residential without meals)

8.00pm Form and idea: ‘baroque’ and ‘Palladianism’ at Castle Howard


Saturday 12 May 2018

8.00am Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am What we mean by ‘Palladian’ RICHARD HEWLINGS

10.00am Toeing the Palladian line? The Classicism of James Gibbs – WILLIAM ASLET

11.00am Coffee / tea

11.30am The antithesis of good taste: Georgian Gothic


12.30pm Break

12.45pm Lunch

2.00pm From the Clarendon Building to the Radcliffe Camera: the creation of Oxford’s ‘forum universitatis’


2.15pm Depart for walk in central Oxford

5.00pm Disperse in central Oxford

5.30pm Break coffee/tea

6.30pm Dinner

8.00pm Town houses: Classicism and the building world


Sunday 13 May 2018

8.00am Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am The London suburban villa 1690-1750: Palladianism and its discontents – ELIZABETH MCKELLAR

10.00am Palladianism and the country house – STEVEN PARISSIEN

11.00am Coffee / tea

11.30am Complexity and contradiction in the Palladian interior – CHRISTINE CASEY

12.30pm Break

12.45pm Lunch and course disperses


Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Friday and Saturday nights only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.

Unfortunately it is not yet possible to book twin room accommodation online, so if you wish to book a twin room, please send in your completed enrolment form or contact the Day & Weekend Events Office, Email: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk


Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £133.00
Baguette Saturday: £4.70
Baguette Sunday: £4.70
Dinner Friday evening: £19.00
Dinner Saturday Evening: £19.00
Hot Lunch Saturday: £13.50
Hot Lunch Sunday: £13.50
Single B&B Friday & Saturday Nights: £151.70
Twin B&B Friday & Saturday Nights per person: £108.70


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Mr William Aslet


Postgraduate Student, University of Cambridge

Dr Christine Casey


Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Anthony Geraghty


Professor of the History of Art, University of York

Mr Richard Hewlings


Independent Scholar

Dr Peter Nelson Lindfield


Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, University of Stirling

Dr Conor Lucey


Assistant Professor in Architectural History, School of Art History & Cultural Policy, University College Dublin

Professor Elizabeth McKellar


Professor of Architectural and Design History, Open University

Professor Steven Parissien


Professor Steven Parissien is Director of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Visiting Professor of Architectural History and Visual Heritage at Coventry University, and Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He took his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford and has written extensively on architectural and cultural history: his twelve books to date include Regency Style (1992), George IV: The Grand Entertainment (2001) and The Comfort of the Past: Building Oxford 1815-2015 (2015).

Dr Paul Barnwell

Director of Studies

Dr Paul Barnwell is Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and Co-Director of Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment at OUDCE.

Dr Geoffrey Tyack

Course Director

is Director of the Stanford University Programme in Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford. His publications include: Oxford: an Architectural Guide (1998); Modern Architecture in an Oxford College: St John’s 1945-2005 (2005). He was co-editor of the revised volume on Berkshire in the Pevsner Buildings of England series (Yale University Press 2010), and is editor of John Nash: Architect of the Picturesque, to be published by English Heritage in 2012.


Please click here for more information and to book. Alternatively, please contact the Department to obtain an application form.

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