Georgian Group Symposium - Call for Papers

Georgian Group Symposium - Call for Papers

2019 Symposium - Embroidered with dust and mortar: Women and Architecture, 1660-1830

The Georgian Group is organising a day-long symposium on the theme of ‘Women and Architecture, 1660-1830’, which will be held at the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House, London, on Saturday 28 September 2019. Following successful conferences run by the Group in previous years on James Gibbs and the Adam brothers, the symposium will explore how women contributed to and interacted with architecture in the period 1660-1830, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Building, remodelling, and the repairing of country houses, town houses, churches, almshouses and villas
  • Relationships with architects and contractors
  • Architectural discourse, drawing and design
  • The creation of identity through the medium of architectural space

With this in mind, proposals are invited for 15- to-30-minute papers based on original research. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words and a copy of your CV to Dr Amy Boyington ( by the end of January 2019. Any questions regarding the symposium should be sent to the same address.

Further details will be made available, and tickets will go on sale, in the Spring. 

(Image: Charlotte Sophia, Queen Consort of George III by Henry Robert Morland. Courtesy of the Provost and Fellows of The Queen's College Oxford)

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Threat to Richmond House, Westminster (GII*)

Threat to Richmond House, Westminster (GII*)

We encourage Georgian Group members to support the campaign to prevent the demolition of a large part of Richmond House, the Grade II* government offices in Westminster designed by Whitfield Associates between 1982-4.

The building responds in an intelligent way to its context, which on two sides is Georgian and later 19th century in date - indeed on its northern flank it incorporates the remaining fabric of Richmond Terrace (1822-24).  Its dramatic Neo-Tudor entrance to Whitehall, directly opposite Edwin Lutyens’s Cenotaph but deferentially recessed from the street frontage, is framed to the north by the eastern angle pavilion of Richmond terrace and to the south by the mid-18th century house at no. 85.  Richmond House itself is exemplary in its massing, in the quality and use of its materials, and in its detailing.  On its completion the architect and critic Roderick Gradige suggested that it marked ‘the beginning of a new architecture.’

In January of this year the House of Commons voted to relocate to Richmond House in 2025 for an estimated six years to allow for the planned restoration of the Place of Westminster, variously projected to cost between £3.5m and £5.7m; the House of Lords may relocate to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.  A 2016-17 report on the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster issued by the House of Lords House of Commons Joint Committee suggested that ’If Richmond House were to be acquired a temporary Chamber could be established in its inner courtyard.’  It emerged earlier this month, however, that the works to accommodate the Commons, proposed by Alford Hall Monaghan Morris, would now see most of Sir William Whitfield’s and Andrew Lockwood’s building demolished.  The building of a third, permanent chamber is a dramatic departure from the joint committee’s proposal that a temporary chamber could be provided in the inner courtyard of Richmond House.  In the proposed scheme, only the grand palace-fronted façade provided by Richmond Terrace and the entrance façade on Whitehall (see photo) would survive.  It is ironic that a major building designed less than 40 years ago is in danger of becoming a victim of façadism.  Richmond Terrace, designed by Thomas Chawner (1774-1851), one of Sir John Soane’s pupils, and built by George and Henry Harrison, suffered this fate in the late 1970s.

A viable, lower-cost alternative has been proposed by Sir Michael Hopkins.  This would see a temporary Commons debating chamber inserted into the courtyard atrium of his award-winning building Portcullis House (1998-2001) on Bridge Street. 

Richmond House is listed Grade II* in recognition of the qualities outlined above.  Demolition flies in the face of the statutory system of protection afforded to outstanding buildings.

Richmond House was built at tax-payers’ expense.  Is the great cost of the proposed demolition and rebuilding justifiable?  A Treasury select committee has rightly scrutinised the cost of the restoration works to the Palace of Westminster, but are the costs of the proposed damaging works to Richmond House to undergo similar scrutiny?

The energy embedded in Richmond House during its construction - the sum of the energy expended in the extraction of raw materials, transport, manufacture, assembly and installation - is enormous and will be wasted if demolition proceeds.  Does doing so demonstrate national leadership in promoting environmental best-practice?

What impact might the introduction of the security measures necessary to convert Richmond House to parliamentary use have on the architectural dignity of Whitehall and the immediate setting of the Cenotaph?

Details of the campaign against the current proposals by SAVE Britain’s Heritage can be seen via the following link:

Sir William Whitfield’s work ranges from 1960s brutalism to neo-classicism.  In 2004 he was awarded a Georgian Group architectural award (Best New Building in the Classical Tradition) for the design of Tusmore House, Oxfordshire.  He has served too as a trustee of the Georgian Group.

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Applications Invited for  The Georgian Group/BSECS Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship at the Bodleian Library

Applications Invited for The Georgian Group/BSECS Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship at the Bodleian Library

The award, jointly funded by the Georgian Group and the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, is intended to facilitate a one-month research visit by a member of The Georgian Group to the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library in the University of Oxford. Applications will be considered from candidates seeking to research projects relating to the architecture or material culture (for example, sculpture) of the long eighteenth century (1660-1840). The award (£1,500) is part-funded from the proceeds of the bequest from Mrs Armida Dunscombe Colt and is named in her honour.

Eligibility for the award Members of The Georgian Group and BSECS in good standing at the time of application may apply. 

Non-EEA applicants are reminded that to take up fellowships they must hold an appropriate visa.


Fellowships must be taken up in the 2019 calendar year.

Recipients are expected to be in residence in Oxford for one month and are encouraged to take part in the activities of the University of Oxford.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to submit the following items by 31st January 2019:

An application form, with details of what to include, which may be found on the Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellowships webpage:

Previous holders of the Fellowship:

2014 PETER LINDFIELD, School of Art History, University of St Andrews and Kunsthochschule, University of Kassel. Gothic Histories and Buildings of the Long Eighteenth Century 

2015 DAVID MCKINSTRY, Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Interpreting Urban Italy: English Responses to Post-Antique Architecture in the Early 19th Century

2016 CAROLINE STANFORD, Historian and Head of Engagement, The Landmark Trust, London. Before Coade: The Origins of Artificial Stone in the Long Eighteenth Century.

2018 JULIE PARK, Research Associate, Huntington Library, California. Extra-Illustrated Book Making and the Art of Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century.

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The Country House Business Innovation Show 2018

The Country House Business Innovation Show 2018

The Georgian Group is delighted to be partnering with The Country House Business Innovation Show 2018, which will return to the NEC Birmingham this November 7th & 8th for two days of inspiration, insight and innovation.

This is the most illustrious event for country house, estate, manor, and landowners to find new ways to diversify their property and increase their profits.

As part of the programme, our Caseworker Zachary Osborne will be delivering a lecture on ‘The Georgian Group and The Country House 1937-2018’ on the 8th of November at 2pm. You can also come and visit us at any time at stand 4071.

The Country House Business Innovation Show brings together the brightest minds in property and land diversification through 500 world-class exhibitors, 200 expert speakers, inspiring case studies and unrivalled networking and business opportunities.

Register for your free ticket via the website here:

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Call for entries: Architectural Awards

Call for entries: Architectural Awards

The Georgian Group’s Architectural Awards, held annually for the last fifteen years, celebrate exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the UK. Traditionally taking place in November each year, they provide an opportunity to recognise those who have shown vision and commitment in restoring Georgian buildings and landscapes. The awards will not take place in 2018 but will be relaunched in the autumn of 2019. We hope that this change of season will enable us to reach a wider audience and to celebrate better the important work done by those who have helped to restore the Georgian environment.

We are now accepting entries for our 2019 Architectural Awards with a deadline of early summer 2019 (tbc) and an Awards ceremony in October 2019.

An entry form is available here:

Entry Form

Completed forms and supporting information can be posted to: 

Architectural Awards

The Georgian Group

6 Fitzroy Square



or scanned and emailed to 

Schemes must be in the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands and must have reached practical completion by early summer 2019. 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.

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Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain: 2019 Annual Symposium

Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain: 2019 Annual Symposium

The Georgian Group is pleased to share the following Call for Papers for the SAHGB's 2019 Annual Symposium, which has the theme 'Architecture and Light':




Papers should be 20 minutes, illustrated by PowerPoint, and speakers should expect to take questions following their presentation.
From the glittering windows of Hardwick Hall and the severe shadows of the Trellick Tower, to the poetry of Chandigarh and the brash neon of Las Vegas, light is a defining factor in any form of architectural design.
This symposium will coincide with two exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum: one on ‘Soane and Light’ and another – as yet untitled – with a leading contemporary light artist working in sympathy with the spaces of the Museum. As such the theme of this symposium is ‘architecture and light’ and thereby focuses on the presence, use and meaning of light in architectural design across all periods and styles.
One important starting point will be the notion that, just as light is understood scientifically as a wave-particle duality, in architecture light exists and functions as both a natural and cultural phenomenon. While on the one hand, the way (sun)light falls over a building is arguably architecture at its most elemental, how we view those light effects is always culturally conditioned. The symposium will reflect, develop and challenge this dualism.
We welcome speakers – both established and emerging – considering this subject in all aspects of architectural production. Some of the topics that papers might consider are:

  • Light as a functional element in architecture and its interactions with different materials and construction methodologies.
  • The meaning of light and how this is shaped by different forms, styles and contexts.
  • The ways light is mediated in architecture, physically, such as with glazing and mirrors.
  • The ways in which light is expressed in architectural drawings and other forms of representation.
  • The relationship between natural and artificial light in/on architecture.
  • The impact of developing glazing and lighting technologies upon architecture.
  • The relationship between light and shadow in/on architecture.
  • The politics of light, particularly in an urban setting.
  • The methodological problems of analyzing light – by nature immaterial – in architectural history.
  • What scientific studies of light can bring to our understanding of its effects in architecture.

If you are interested in contributing to the symposium, please submit an abstract of maximum 300 words and a biography of maximum 150 words to by 10am on Monday 7 January 2019.
The SAHGB is not able to reimburse speakers for their travel/accommodation expenses but the symposium registration fee will be waived and speakers will be invited to attend the symposium dinner on Friday 21 June 2019.


The Symposium will take place on Saturday 22 June 2019. For further information, click here

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Interim Secretary

Interim Secretary

The Georgian Group is sad to announce that its Secretary, David McKinstry, will be on sick leave until Autumn 2018. In David's absence, we are very pleased to welcome David Adshead as Interim Secretary. David Adshead was formerly Head Curator at the National Trust and brings with him a wealth of experience and enthusiasm. We look forward to working with him over the coming months.

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

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


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

9.15pm             ANTHONY GERAGHTY

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

                        PETER LINDFIELD

12.30pm           Break

12.45pm           Lunch

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

                        GEOFFREY TYACK 

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

9.15pm             CONOR LUCEY

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:


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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John Sandoe Book Lists

John Sandoe Book Lists

The Group is pleased to be working with John Sandoe Books in providing a list of books about various aspects of culture in the Georgian era. John Sandoe occupy a set of Georgian cottages a few minutes' walk from Sloane Square Underground Station, off the King's Road, Chelsea. The Georgian Group will receive 10% of sales of any books in this list ordered through the John Sandoe website. The purchase of these books is open to all, not just the charities’ members. 

John Sandoe are also happy to offer a finding service for out of print books on Georgian subjects under the same arrangement.

Details on the John Sandoe Georgian Group book lists can be found here:

John Sandoe founded the shop in 1957: according to a customer who knew the shop in its infancy, it began with three planks laid on bricks on which were laid out “all the books one could ever hope to find in one place”. More books and more shelves followed, more floors and an expanding shop front too, but the original ethos remains the same. John Sandoe have around 30,000 books, of which almost all are single copies. 


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The George B Clark Prize 2018 for Research Pertinent to Stowe

The George B Clark Prize 2018 for Research Pertinent to Stowe

This biennial Prize for £2000 has been established by the Hall Bequest Trust, as a mark of the great contribution that George Clarke has made to Stowe over more than 60 years. His association began on a formal basis from his appointment as a teacher in 1950 until his retirement in 1985, but has continued for over 30 years since as an important historian of the place. As Editor of the Stoic for seven years, he published a series of definitive articles on the history of the gardens and its buildings. In 1990 the Bucks Record Society published his edition of the Descriptions of Lord Cobham’s Gardens at Stowe 1700 – 1750. He established a close working relationship with the Huntington Library, where the 350,000 Stowe papers are. In 1975 George Clarke was awarded a scholarship for research there and took a term’s sabbatical. He lectured widely including to the Society of Antiquaries, SPAB and Courtauld Institute. He is a founding Trustee and past Chairman of the Hall Bequest Trust, which was established in 1983. It has three aims: to purchase and display historic and cultural items relevant to Stowe, to support educational projects at Stowe, and to provide bursaries for pupils at the school.

The Prize will be awarded for original archival research pertinent to Stowe within the fields of architecture, architectural history, the material arts such as sculpture, collecting or landscape design. The winner would undertake to write an article and to give a lecture within six months of completion of the research.

Please email the Prize Administrator, for application details.
Deadline for Proposal: 1st September, 2018.

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Improvements to Membership Service

Improvements to Membership Service

As announced in our winter magazine, the Georgian Group is in the process of moving our membership function and administration back in-house. This is an exciting time and we are very much looking forward to providing our members with a more personal service.  Key dates for the move occur in the next few weeks. Whilst we are hoping for a seamless transition period that does not affect our members, we may need your patience in January and February as the transition takes place. Membership enquiries can be directed to the Group on 02075298920 or

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Members' Events

Members' Events

Please note that members' events will be uploaded onto the website shortly.
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