Repton Study Day in Hampstead

Repton Study Day in Hampstead

Please note that the Georgian Group study day originally proposed for April has been postponed until the autumn as we work on our speaker programme. We thank you for your patience. Please watch this website for further details.
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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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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.