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Architectural Awards

Architectural Awards

We are currently accepting entries for our 2017 Architectural Awards with a deadline of 31st August 2017 and an Awards ceremony in November 2017.

An entry form is available here:

Entry Form

Completed forms and supporting information can be posted to 

Architectural Awards

The Georgian Group

London

W1T 5DX

or scanned and emailed to GGAdmin@georgiangroup.org.uk 

Schemes must be in the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands and must have reached practical completion by August 2017. For the purpose of the Awards, the term ‘Georgian’ embraces the period of classical ascendancy in Britain and is taken to mean 1660–1840. The award categories are: Restoration of a Georgian Country House; Restoration of a Georgian Interior; Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting; Reuse of a Georgian Building; Restoration of a Georgian Garden or Landscape; New Building in the Classical Tradition; New Building in a Georgian Context. However, in exceptional cases we are pleased to consider entries which fall outside of those categories.

The owner’s consent is a condition of entry.

We were pleased to announce the following winners and commended entries of our 2016 Architectural Awards:

David McKinstry
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Georgian Papers Online

Georgian Papers Online

Allan Ramsay, State portrait of George III, 1761-2
Allan Ramsay, State portrait of George III, 1761-2Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

The papers of George III and George IV entered the Royal Archives when it was first established in 1914. The survival of this apparently long-lost collection was extremely fortunate: the papers were found in the basement of Apsley House, the London residence of the Duke of Wellington, in 1912, nearly a century after they had been placed there by the first Duke, the principal executor of George IV, labelled 'To be destroyed unread'. Fortunately, this instruction was never carried out and the fourth Duke of Wellington was able to present the papers to King George V.

The re-discovery of this collection means that George III is the first Sovereign whose papers are held in the Royal Archives. Any surviving official papers of earlier monarchs can generally be found in government records held by The National Archives at Kew; however, George I and George II left little in the form of a written legacy. George I in particular had poor command of English and most government business was carried out by word of mouth during the reigns of the first two Sovereigns of the House of Hanover. Nonetheless, in the collection of George III, there is a small amount of his grandfather's and great-grandfather's papers, as well as some belonging to his mother and father, Frederick and Augusta, Prince and Princess of Wales, and his siblings.

The papers of George III form three distinct series: his official papers, his private papers  (which include some Privy Purse accounts) and his correspondence with his siblings and children.  The King’s official papers shed light on political matters and foreign affairs, principally between 1765 and 1810, before his illness forced the establishment of the Regency. In the form of correspondence, ministerial reports, Cabinet meetings and proceedings of Parliament, these records deal with civil, military and ecclesiastical matters, as well as the varied political issues of the time, and all reflect George III's interest and knowledge of such topics. Foreign affairs are particularly well covered by the papers, including such subjects as the American War of Independence, European treaties and alliances, political dealings and trading links with China and relations with Russia and revolutionary France.

George III essays
Pages from George III's essay collection Royal Archives/©Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

George III's private papers, which date between 1755 and 1810, demonstrates the King's wide variety of interests and passions in such diverse subjects as agriculture, science, astronomy, arts and literature . In addition, the King’s essays form an extremely valuable collection which amounts to over 2000 documents. This series, written mostly by George III or by his mentor, Lord Bute, formed an important part of the education of the Prince and future King and demonstrate his wide knowledge and intelligence. These essays are now available on Georgian Papers Online.

The correspondence George III maintained with his immediate family is also preserved in the Royal Archives.  The collection includes relatively few letters from his consort Queen Charlotte as they spent little time apart; however those that do exist bear testimony to their loving marriage. Letters from the King's seven sons and six daughters form a significant collection (the King and Queen had fifteen children in total, although two sons died in infancy) and these illustrate the close relationship the King had with his children and the concern he felt for their welfare and worthy conduct. The family correspondence also contains letters to George III from his royal relatives in Europe.

Regretfully, the papers of Queen Charlotte, consort of George III, were destroyed after her death in 1818. A few of the Queen's account books have survived, which show overall payments to tradesmen for items purchased for both the royal nursery and herself, as well as a very few volumes of her diary from the years 1789 and 1794. Many letters sent by Queen Charlotte, including a significant amount written to her eldest son, the future George IV, have been preserved in the Royal Archives however, and for the first time, all papers relating to Queen Charlotte have been brought together and are now available on Georgian Papers Online. 

David McKinstry
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80th Anniversary Fundraising Party

80th Anniversary Fundraising Party

The celebration of the Georgian Group's 80th Anniversary took place on the evening of 22nd June and was attended by members and their guests. Our Assembly en Fête echoed some of the eighteenth-century delights of an al fresco entertainment with canapés and champagne, but came with an important fundraising message, tied to the launch of our Oak Fund. 

In the words of our President, the Duke of The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE DL FSA FRSE:


For 80 years the Georgian Group has fought battles for bricks and mortar, for the
survival of extraordinary craftsmanship, for rare gifts of creativity and imagination. To
all of that done by brave predecessors and achieved in the face of dreadful apathy and
outright philistinism we raise our glasses many times over. Tonight we seek to couple
that celebration to a rekindling of the essential spirit that animated times past. Without
living, breathing and emotional souls we do little more than conserve monuments to
the past rather than opening the opportunities, as we believe with all our hearts they
offer for the future. In that great era of eighteenth century enlightenment and discovery
society advanced in leaps and bounds, at once open to the new but at the same time
knowledgeably respectful of what the past could teach us. In that there is surely a lesson
for our own curiously unsettled times.


I must make special mention of our Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of
Wales, whose deeply knowledgeable support for the Georgian Group is a constant
source of encouragement and who has made this manifest in his generous donation of a
Garden Tour and Champagne tea at Highgrove.


Finally no words are adequate to thank the Chairman of the Anniversary
Committee, Bettina Harden, whose verve and passion has inspired everyone to
fresh heights of energy. The Georgian Group needs resources to grow, to broaden its
educational mission, to enlarge its support base amongst friends here and in America,
and especially with the next generation of architects, art historians and the allimportant
planners. Specifically, tonight, Bettina has established The Oak Fund to help
spread the amount of casework we can undertake, researching planning applications
and advising on them around the country. Thanks to you, it will be growing and
flourishing long after we stumble, happy and exhausted, into the night.
We wish you all a most memorable evening and we offer you our warmest thanks.

The event raised funds for the Group's casework, a key element of our statutory obligations, and the coal-face of our conservation work. Anyone interested in donating to the Oak Fund may do so by requesting a form or downloading one here: 

Oak Fund

Alison Moyle
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AGM and Launch of Oak Fund

AGM and Launch of Oak Fund

The 2017 AGM took place on 22nd June, followed by the first Crathorne Lecture, given by Adrian Tinniswood, author of The Long Weekend. The subject was the Georgian era as seen in the interwar years and was warmly received.

The AGM approved the increase in membership fees from 1st September 2017 as follows:

Life Members £850 to £1000

Joint Life Members £1200 to £1500

Ordinary Members £40 to £50

Joint Members £55 to £75

Young Georgians £25 to £30

Corporate £150 to £200

The increase in fees is to cover the escalating costs of postage and running costs, and to allow the Group to make enough profit from membership income to continue with our minimum casework capability of three caseworkers for England and one for Wales. 

In addition to this we have launched the Oak Fund for our 80th anniversary, which is also directly linked to enabling us to fund our casework and statutory duty. Information on the Oak Fund is available here:

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David McKinstry
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Chesterfield House railings at risk of leaving the UK

Chesterfield House railings at risk of leaving the UK


A set of ornate 18th century ironwork railings is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £305,000.
Culture Minister Matt Hancock has placed a temporary export bar on the railings that once surrounded the residence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield to provide an opportunity to keep them in the country.


Made of wrought and cast iron with gilt iron and gilt bronze embellishments, they are among the most highly decorated examples in Britain, and illustrate how ornate ironwork was used to show social status in the 18th century.


Built in the 1740s, Chesterfield House was one of the grandest and most famous addresses in London and the railings were intended to impress guests and be viewed from the ground floor reception rooms.


The demolition of this great London mansion in 1937 was the catalyst for the foundation of The Georgian Group, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017.


Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said:


“More than 80 years after Chesterfield House was sadly torn down, these lavishly decorated railings are a reminder of the opulence of the 18th century London elite and the wonderful craftsmanship of the time.
“I hope that a buyer comes forward to help keep them in the UK so that we may enjoy their beauty and learn more about the fascinating ironwork techniques used at the time.”


The set of railings is believed to have been supplied by Jean Montigny, a French Catholic immigrant who specialised in wrought iron, for the 1st Duke of Chandos’s remarkable house, Cannons, in Edgware, in the 1720s. They were then acquired for Chesterfield House, London, for which they were modified in the late 1740s.
The decision to defer the export licence follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by The Arts Council.


RCEWA member Philippa Glanville said:


“Admired for more than 250 years for their design and craftsmanship, this set of railings vividly demonstrates how noblemen adorned the exteriors of their London palaces as richly as their interiors. These are rare survivors and exemplify the peak of wrought ironwork, one of the glories of eighteenth century patronage in Britain.”


The RCEWA made its recommendation on the grounds of the railings’ outstanding aesthetic importance and their significance for the study of British patronage of the highest quality ironwork, as well as of metalwork design, decorative techniques and subsequent structural and decorative modifications.


The decision on the export licence application for the railings will be deferred until 3 July 2017. This may be extended until 3 October 2017 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase them is made at the recommended price of £305,000 (plus VAT of £61,000).
Organisations or individuals interested in purchasing the railings should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.



David McKinstry
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Whitechapel Bell Foundry Petition Submitted to Downing Street

Whitechapel Bell Foundry Petition Submitted to Downing Street

         

 

 

Leading historians and architects back petition to save world famous bell foundry – submitted to Downing Street yesterday

 

Leading historians and architects including author Charles Saumarez Smith, historian Dan Cruickshank and architect and TV presenter George Clarke have signed a petition to ‘Save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry’, submitted to the government in Downing Street on 19th April.

Dan Cruickshank and heritage campaigners submit the petition to Downing Street

 

Dan Cruickshank says: “The world famous Whitechapel Foundry is a landmark – both for its splendid use and its fine historic buildings. Bells cast at the foundry have sounded in cities around the world for hundreds of years.

 

“For many that sound represents the heart and soul of London, and in the case of Big Ben in the Palace of Westminster it is the sound of Freedom. The existing buildings deserve the highest level of recognition and protection as a unique and important part of our heritage.”

 

The petition, signed by more than 10,000 people in three weeks, calls on the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Karen Bradley MP to understand and respond to the concerns of thousands of people objecting to the loss of the bell foundry on this site.

 

The business of making bells has operated continuously in Whitechapel since at least the 1570s. It has been on its present site with the existing house and office buildings since the mid 1740s. The current owner is in the process of selling the existing buildings to a developer.

 

A straightforward re-development of this site is not the only option. The UK Heritage Building Preservation Trust (UKHBPT), which owns and manages Middleport Pottery in Stoke, has made an approach to the owner to acquire the site at market value. The foundry, if bought by UKHBPT, would be run on a similar model to Middleport, maintaining its cultural significance and public access, and keeping its use as a bell foundry where it has been in continuous operation for over 250 years.

 

The buildings were first listed at grade II* in 1950, with a very brief listing description dating back to 1973 – no details for example were provided for the interior of the foundry.

 

A listing review was carried out for the likely new owner under Historic England’s Enhanced Advisory Services – paid for advice to identify significance and inform future development options. At our request, Historic England consulted the amenity societies on the revised listing description as part of this process.

 

Today Historic England published a new listing description which includes a far greater level of description of the buildings and for the first time recognises the national cultural and industrial significance of the site.

 

 

 

 

David McKinstry
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Assembly en Fête 22nd June 2017

Assembly en Fête 22nd June 2017

 

Sponsored by de Gournay, in association with

Thursday 22nd June 2017

In the Garden of Fitzroy Square

 

 7.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.        

 Dress: In the Spirit of the Age

 

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The celebration of another milestone in the history of the Georgian Group is nearly with us.  This invitation to help the Georgian Group celebrate this anniversary is very important to us.   It is the members who support and sustain the Group throughout the year and we want to make sure that as many of you as possible can join in the celebrations on 22nd June.   

Our Assembly en Fête will echo some of the eighteenth-century delights of an al fresco entertainment with canapés and champagne.

The tickets for the Assembly are £50 a head for members; £30 for Young Georgians and are available through our events page on the website. 

 ‘The Spirit of the Age’, the dress code for the party, lies in your hands.   It can reflect other anniversaries such as the publication of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey; Lord Byron’s Manfred or Walter Scott’s Rob Roy, all of which appeared for the first time in 1817.   Equally you could celebrate 1937 in style.   J. R Tolkien’s The Hobbit might not be the way to go, but elegant costume can appear courtesy of Agatha Christie’s Dumb Witness and Death on the Nile.   You could look back to the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth which took place in the same month, May, as the Georgian Group was founded.   Any style of dress from 2017 will be equally welcome.  

Entertainment

The Swamp Circus

The origin of the modern circus has been attributed to Philp Astley, a cavalry officer from England who set up the first modern amphitheatre for the display of horse riding tricks in Lambeth, London on 4 April 1768. Georgian circuses featured wild animals such as lions and elephants, convulsions of nature such as floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions being produced with an extraordinary wealth of realistic display. Joseph Grimaldi  the first mainstream clown, had his first major role as Little Clown in the pantomime The Triumph of Mirth; or, Harlequin's Wedding in 1781. Swamp Circus will evoke this tradition at our fête . Swamp Circus was created by acrobats, dancers, film-makers and musicians in 1986. Swamp has toured performance projects to 28 countries. Their performance will finish with a fire-breathing extravaganza in the tradition of eighteenth-century side shows.

Total Brass

Total Brass are an award-winning brass quintet formed of current and past students of the Royal Academy of Music. The military band was a staple of Georgian pleasure gardens such as Vauxhall where the octagonal bandstand of 1735 was possibly the first building in London designed specifically and solely for the performance of music. In promoting English music, Vauxhall was differentiated from the London theatres and concert rooms, where European, especially Italian, music and performers held sway. Vauxhall was one of the few places where good contemporary English music could be heard on a regular basis.

The Raree Man's Peepshow

The peepshow was a very popular form of entertainment in the mid-eighteenth century. A peepshow was a set of pictures arranged in sequence in a box, to be viewed through a hole set into one end (with or without a lens, depending on the design). The effect of the boxes was to showcase a single scene that deepened into a multi-layered, one-point perspective.   They could feature noted places like Venice or famous events. The Raree Peeopshow Man will present new takes on classic Georgian narratives such as the Rake’s Progress.

Silhouette Sarah

We are delighted that we can offer the services of Sarah Head, an accomplished cutter of silhouettes, to provide our guests with a very personal souvenir of the Assembly.   This charming eighteenth-century art form involves the artist in cutting a silhouette portrait in a matter of seconds using nothing more than scissors and paper.   No drawing, photography, or second chances.   Once she starts cutting there is no turning back.

The term ‘silhouette’ was named after Étienne de Silhouette, an eighteenth-century French Finance Minister.   His austere economic demands on the French meant that his name became associated with anything done or made cheaply.   It was not applied to the art of cutting ‘shades’ or ‘profiles’ until the nineteenth century.   The simplicity and speed with which these charming images were created made them hugely popular.

Auction Lots

We will be holding an auction will a wide range of first-rate prizes. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Group's charitable activities. 

Tour of the Triforium at Westminster Abbey with Ptolemy Dean.

This magical space, 70’ above the floor of Westminster Abbey which offers what Sir John Betjeman described as ‘the finest view in Europe’, is being transformed.   For several centuries this gallery was left abandoned.   It will emerge as an amazing public space re-designed to house some of the great treasures of the Abbey as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.   It is due to open in 2018.   This private tour is a unique opportunity to see a space which the public has not seen for 700 years.   The successful bidders for this once-in-a-lifetime tour will also see the site of the new tower that has been designed in sympathy with the Gothic style of the Abbey by Ptolemy Dean, the Abbey's Surveyor of the Fabric.  This is the first addition to the Abbey since Nicholas Hawksmoor’s twin towers were completed in 1745.   Housing a lift and stairs, the Tower will afford access to the Triforium,  The Georgian Group is deeply grateful to Ptolemy Dean for agreeing to escort the tour and to the Dean, Dr. Stephen Hall, for allowing us access.

Dinner, bed and breakfast for two nights for two people over a mutually convenient weekend at Home Farm, Hartforth near Richmond, North Yorkshire

The home of the Treasurer and his wife since 2008 when this new house, which was designed by Digby Harris of FF Johnson and Partners, was completed. In 2009 it won the Giles Worsley award for A New Building in a Georgian Context at our annual event. The house contains pictures and furniture from the owner's family home at Greek Revival Lissadell, Co Sligo, together with items from Hartforth Hall and others collected since, and two Siamese cats. You will be free to explore North Yorkshire and County Durham during the weekend at your leisure; either Friday/Sunday or Saturday/Monday.

Private back-stage tour of the Royal Opera House for a small group  

The Backstage Tours include an introduction to the colourful history of the theatre, an insight into the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House and a look at aspects of current productions.  As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include opportunities to see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation. 

A day's Salmon fishing for two rods on the Upper or Lower Mertoun Beat of the Tweed

The River Tweed is one of Scotland’s premier salmon rivers; Mertoun lies between Dryburgh and Kelso in the beautiful Scottish Borders.   2 rods are available on the Upper Mertoun Beat in August 2017; or 2 rods on the Lower Mertoun Beat in March 2018.    Self catering accommodation is available.  

A Dinner for four at No 6 Fitzroy Square hosted by the Secretary, David McKinstry

The lucky guests will be the residents of No. 6 Fitzroy Square, our headquarters, for the evening.   The Library will be set up for an elegant dinner for four, from a choice of menus (to be decided in advance) catered and hosted by the Secretary, David McKinstry. 6 Fitzroy Square is a Grade I Robert Adam townhouse, finished in 1792. The library is the former dining room of the house and is furnished with fine bookcases copied from late eighteenth-century originals, as well as Georgian oil portraits and furniture.

A special tour of the RIBA Library and holdings with Charles Hind

Charles Hind is Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings for the Royal Institute of British Architects.   He is also a Trustee of The Georgian Group and chairs the Publications Committee.   This is a unique opportunity to see some of the treasures belonging to the RIBA and the British Architectural Library.   It was established in 1834 and now, with over four million items, it is one of the three largest architectural libraries in the world and the largest in Europe. Among its treasures is a first edition of Palladio's  quattro libri dell'architettura (1570).   The Reading Room at the RIBA's headquarters, 66 Portland Place was designed by the building's architect George Grey Wornum and his wife Miriam, and retains its original 1934 Art Deco interior.  

Lottery

In Georgian tradition we will also be holding a lottery on the evening of the ball. Tickets have been sent to members to purchase, or sell to friends, but further tickets will be available on the night. 

A Weekend glamping in a Yurt (2-4 people) at Kirklinton Hall, Cumbria

Kirklinton Hall and gardens offer a beautiful and tranquil setting where you can relax, explore the Faerie Glen, wander in lovely woodland or swim in the magical river nearby.   The Yurt features a double bed and two singles, all bathroom facilities, a small kitchenette with a gas hob and sink plus a log burner to keep you cosy.


2 x Opera Tickets for Kirklinton Opera (2018)

Performed by Regents Opera, the sister company to the well-known Opera A La Carte, Verdi’s Rigoletto is the offering at Kirklinton Hall for 2017.   They will be returning to Kirklinton for the fourth time in 2018. Set amongst the grounds and backdrop of the beautiful Kirklinton Hall, you will be able to enjoy this black tie event with a picnic on the Rose Terrace before the performance and enjoy a glass of champagne surrounded by anticipation of a stunning event.   You can either bring your own picnic or order a Luxury Hamper to await your arrival. www.kirklintonhall.co.uk

£50 voucher for John Sandoe Books Ltd

Founded in 1957 a stone’s throw from Sloane Square, John Sandoe Books Ltd is one of London’s foremost and best-loved independent bookshops. Its beautiful eighteenth-century premises is home to an astonishing 30,000 titles, carefully selected by staff with nearly 100 years of bookselling – and reading – between them, making Sandoe’s a legend among bibliophiles in London and around the world. They offer a range of services, from their renowned quarterly catalogues, mail order and subscriptions to creating and maintaining libraries, both public and private. www.johnsandoe.com

 £50 voucher for Daunt Books

This beautiful Edwardian bookshop in Marylebone is the original home of what is now the highly-successful chain of bookshops begun by James Daunt in 1990.  With a particular emphasis on travel books, every branch hosts talks by authors about their books. www.dauntbooks.co.uk

 

Afternoon Tea for Two with Champagne & a Tour of the Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square, EC2M.   Date & time by mutual agreement with the Donor, Mr Peter Michael.

 The Devonshire Club offers all the luxury and glamour of a St James’s private members’ club combined with the style and panache of the East End.   Situated in an eighteenth-century former East India Company warehouse and a large Georgian townhouse, the club is nestled in a quiet pedestrian square away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just two minutes walk from Liverpool Street.

Afternoon Tea for Two with Champagne & a Tour of the Oxford & Cambridge Club, 71-77 Pall Mall, London SW1----.   Date & time by mutual arrangement with the Donor, Mr Ron Porter.  

This prize offers a wonderful counterpoint to the prize above as the Oxford & Cambridge Club is a superb example of a traditional London club.  The Club is housed in a Grade II* listed building which was designed for the Oxford and Cambridge University Club by Sir Robert Smirke. It was opened in 1838. The facade is an important example of the Greek revival style with which Smirke was particularly associated.

 

Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler gift courtesy of Mr Roger Jones 

Details to be announced 

www.sibylcolefax.com

 

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David McKinstry
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80th Anniversary Catalogue-£20 with Free UK Shipping

80th Anniversary Catalogue-£20 with Free UK Shipping

The Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship publication is not only a catalogue for the once- in-a-decade exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Georgian Group, but is also a valuable resource as a directory of craftsmen who help look after Georgian buildings using traditional methods.

The catalogue is edited by the historian and exhibition Curator John Martin Robinson and Adam Busiakiewicz and includes a collection of essays examining the current role of traditional crafts in Britain.  Contributors include, Sandy Stoddart (the Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland), Hugh Petter (Partner in Adam Architecture), Christopher Boyle QC (The Georgian Group chairman), David McKinstry (architectural historian and The Georgian Group Secretary) and Tim Crawley (Head of Historic Carving at City & Guilds of London Art School).

You can support our work by buying your catalogue here:

https://georgiangroup.org.uk/products/splendour-exhibition-catalogue-free-shipping

David McKinstry
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Surrey Country Visit

Surrey Country Visit

Wed 28 June (all day), £70 (incl lunch)

Andrew Wells leads

Squerryes Court: was built 1681–5 for Sir Nicholas Crisp, 2nd Bt, and bought 1700 by the Earls of Jersey who sold it 1731 to John Warde. His descendant Henry Warde now lives there with his family. An archetypal late C17 Grade I red-brick manor house, hardly altered externally. The house nestles half-way down a slope on the greensand ridge, providing good growing conditions for abundant azaleas and rhododendrons. William III visited in 1701 and part of thegarden has been restored in the Anglo-Dutch style using early C18 plans. The Squerryes vineyard has recently won top national awards for its sparkling wine. Titsey Place: Sir John Gresham (Lord Mayor,uncle of Sir Thomas Gresham, Founder of the Royal Exchange and Chancellor to Elizabeth I) bought Titsey in 1534. Sir John, 6th Bt made a propitious marriage, and in the 1770s rebuilt the house. In 1831–2 the Georgian house was roughcast and some Gothic elements.

David McKinstry
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Sussex Country Visit

Sussex Country Visit

Wed 12 April (all day), £45

The visit to the interior of the Pavilion will be led by Dr Alexandra Loske, Art Historian & Curator at the Royal Pavilion. She will point out the latest restoration work as well as talk about the interior design as a whole on which more research has recently been undertaken. Dr Sue Berry FSA and author of articles about Georgian and Regency Brighton in the Georgian Group Journal will conduct the tour of the exterior and grounds (including the innovative Dome designed by Porden and built with an unusual timber roof design) and we will also explore some of the surrounding urban area. We will then visit the Constable and Brighton Exhibition at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

David McKinstry
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Craft Demonstrations during Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship

Craft Demonstrations during Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship

Come and visit practitioners as they demonstrate their skill and share their knowledge of the world of heritage. 

Staged in the lower level of 6 Fitzroy Square, these Saturday events offer the opportunity to see how objects in the exhibition were created, and put questions to the craftsmen themselves. 

4 February 12-3pm

Plaster with Colin Hall

11 February 12-3pm

Stone and Woodcarving

Clunie Fretton and Felix Handley, recent graduates from City and Guilds of London Art School

18th February 12-3pm

Stone and Woodcarving

City and Guilds of London Art School students

25 February 12-3pm

Joinery and Woodcarving

Build Craft College students 

Cristiano Bianchi
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Try it Yourself!-Free Workshops For Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship

Try it Yourself!-Free Workshops For Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship

Sundays

5 Feb

12 Feb

19 Feb

Workshops run from 1-3pm

*Under 15s should be accompanied by an adult, suitable for over 5s

Come and have a go at traditional crafts yourself. Fran Herrick leads family friendly walk-in sessions on the lower level of 6 Fitzroy Square. You can try your hand at creating traditional Georgian shell mosaics, wallpaper printing and historic plaster-of-Paris mouldings to take home. 

Warning: you might get hooked on heritage craftsmanship! 

David McKinstry
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