About Us


History

The Georgian Group is an English and Welsh conservation organisation created to campaign for the preservation of historic buildings and planned landscapes of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Founded in 1937 by the journalist Douglas Goldring, (who went on to become the first Honourary Secretary), Robert Byron (the Deputy Chairman) and Lord Derwent (the first Chairman) the Group was originally part of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

The poet and author Sir John Betjeman, the architectural historian Sir John Summerson, the architectural writers James Lees-Milne and Christopher Hussey, the architect Albert Richardson, the 6th Earl of Rosse (active in the National Trust) and the urban planner Trystan Edwards were among its most prominent early active members. The Group caught the imagination of the younger generation of the day and both Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh refer to the Group affectionately in their novels. An account of the Group’s early history can be found in Gavin Stamp’s article on the foundation of the Group in the 2012 Georgian Group Journal (Volume XX).



Present Day

Since 1971, the Georgian Group has been a national amenity society. We act as a statutory consultee in the planning process in England and Wales, when consideration is being given to proposals to alter or demolish listed buildings dating, in whole or in part, from between 1700 and 1840.

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 1837.

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.

We have a small grants scheme for historic buildings, the Cleary Fund which is distributed annually in September.


Areas of Interest

  • Listed Building applications for works of alteration and demolition for buildings of all kinds containing fabric and fittings which date from between 1700 and 1837.
  • Applications for works significantly affecting the setting of buildings or structures constructed between 1700 and 1837 or those affecting the character of those parts of our historic environment with a primarily Georgian character.
  • The care and preservation of Georgian buildings.
  • Promoting good design in the setting of the Georgian built environment and Georgian parks and gardens.
  • Promoting a better understanding of eighteenth and early nineteenth century architecture and designed landscapes.


Staff and Trustees

Patron
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

Vice-Patron
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO, The Lord Bishop of London 

President
The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury KBE FSA

Chairman
Christopher Boyle, QC

Secretary
David McKinstry

Council
Colin Amery Hon.F.R.I.B.A.
Sophie Andreae D.S.G., F.S.A., I.H.B.C.
Sir Alan Beith
Marcus Binney O.B.E. F.S.A. Hon. F.R.I.B.A.
Lord Cormack D.L. F.S.A.
Lord Crathorne K.C.V.O.
Dan Cruickshank Hon. F.R.I.B.A.
Martin Drury F.S.A.
Christopher Gibbs
John Harris O.B.E., F.S.A., F.R.I.B.A.
Michael Hoare
Dame Jennifer Jenkins Hon. F.R.I.B.A.
Viscount Norwich CVO FRSL FRGS FSA
Baroness Rawlings
Lord Rothschild O.M., G.B.E., Hon. F.B.A., Hon. F.R.I.B.A.
 
Executive Committee
Christopher Boyle, QC (Chairman)
John Burton MBE RIBA IHBC (Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Casework sub-committee)
Hugh Petter RIBA (Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Education sub-committee)
Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth, Bt (Treasurer)
Rosemary Baird FSA  
Lady Bradbury (Chairman of Anglo-American sub-committee) 
Peregrine Bryant RIBA (Chairman of Campaigns sub-committee) 
Dr. Wolf Burchard
Dr. Melanie Doderer-Winkler
Bettina Harden MBE
Charles Hind (Chairman of Publications sub-committee) 
Caroline Knight
Rosemarie MacQueen MBE (vice-chairman of Casework sub-committee)
Giles Quarme RIBA
Russell Taylor RIBA
Michael Tree FRICS
Richard Wheeler
Harry Williams-Bulkeley
Professor John Wilton-Ely FSA
Rosemary Yallop

Staff

David McKinstry, Secretary: david@georgiangroup.org.uk
Michael Bidnell, Information Officer (Wednesdays only): michael@georgiangroup.org.uk
Alexander Bowring, Acting Caseworker for Southern England: consult@georgiangroup.org.uk
James Darwin, Senior Caseworker and caseworker for Northern England: james@georgiangroup.org.uk
Tina Graham, Events Coordinator and Office Manager: tina@georgiangroup.org.uk
Roberto Kouyoumdjian, Location Manager: rob@georgiangroup.org.uk 
Ewa Manias, Finance Officer: ewa@georgiangroup.org.uk
Gilbert O'Brien, Honorary Archivist: office@georgiangroup.org.uk 
Gareth Roberts, Caseworker for Wales: gareth@georgiangroup.org.uk 
Dr. Gillian Williamson, Honorary Casework Administrator: consult@georgiangroup.org.uk 

Structure, Governance and Management 

The Group is an unincorporated association founded in 1937, governed by a charitable constitution. This document describes how trustees are nominated, co-opted and appointed. The constitution is readily available on request. 

The honorary officers consist of the President, the Chairman and the Treasurer. 
The affairs of the Group are managed by the Executive Committee of Trustees. The Secretary of the Group is appointed by the Executive Committee and manages the Group on a day-to-day basis, reporting to the Chairman, the Treasurer and other Trustees as appropriate. 

The Group has a wholly-owned subsidiary, Georgian Enterprises & Trading Limited, established in 2007 as a private limited company, whose principal activity has been the provision of location hire agency services. A second subsidiary, Georgian Group (Holdings) Limited holds one third share ownership of land received in a bequest. The company Directors of GETL are Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth, Bt and David McKinstry.



Sub-Committee Structure

  • Anglo-American: Deals with the Group's annual UK tour for the American Friends of the Georgian Group.
  • Casework: Deals with the Group's statutory casework and grant funding.
  • Campaigns: Deals with areas of ongoing and general concern to the Group in its statutory role.
  • Education: Deals with education outreach and scholarships.
  • Publications: Deals with the Group's written materials and published communications, chiefly the magazine and journal.
  • Staff and Finance: Deals with the Group's internal administration on these matters. 
  • Other working Groups are appointed as need to administer a specific locus: For example, the Annual Architectural Awards Judging Panel and the 80th Anniversary Party Committee. At least one Trustee is always present on each. 

Sub-Committee Membership 

The Group's Secretary attends all sub-committee meetings.

Anglo-American Committee

Chair: The Lady Bradbury

Peter Brown

Tina Graham

Alison Price-James

Caroline Rimmel

Casework Committee

Chair: John Burton MBE RIBA IHBC

Vice-Chair: Rosemarie MacQueen MBE

Martin Ashley

Bill Bagnell

Rosemary Baird FSA

Andrew Bowles 

Sir Thomas Croft, Bt

Peter Inskip RIBA

Caroline Knight FSA

John Phibbs

Alireza Sagharchi RIBA

Sinclair Johnston

Colin Thom

Campaigns Committee

Chair: Peregrine Bryant RIBA

Khloe Cath

George Entwistle

Joseph Huang

Dr. John Robinson

Education Committee 

Chair: Hugh Petter RIBA

Dr. Wolf Burchard 

Tina Graham

Caroline Knight FSA

Rosemary Yallop

Publications Committee

Chair: Charles Hind 

Rosemary Baird FSA

George Entwistle

Bettina Harden MBE

Staff and Finance Committee 

Chair: Christopher Boyle QC

Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth, Bt

Rosemarie MacQueen MBE

Hugh Petter RIBA

 

 

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