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An Introduction to British Architectural History / ​Historicist Britain

Jeremy Musson, architectural historian, author and broadcaster has devised an enjoyable and informative introduction to British architectural history by looking at the works of select groups of influential architects working in the late seventeenth century, the early eighteenth century, the late eighteenth century and the nineteenth century; he uses the work of these architects to help navigate the complex story of architecture in each of these key periods. As a former architectural editor of Country Life there will be an emphasis on country house design, but this will be related to wider themes of public, urban and ecclesiastical work.

This lecture will consider the extraordinary and diverse architecture of the 19th C, with special reference to Pugin, Scott, Waterhouse. You will begin with the early 19th C Gothic Revival, championed by Pugin, the designer of many churches and Gothic Revival country houses and provider of the Gothic detail for the new Palace of Westminster, in his short career, and continue with the astonishing scale of works of George Gilbert Scott, which include the memorable Gothic inspired Midland Grand Hotel, St Pancras, and the Italianate Foreign and Commonwealth Office; this will be compared with the work of Alfred Waterhouse, which includes Manchester Town hall, the Natural History Museum in London, also encompassed buildings at Oxford and Cambridge, hospitals and major offices.


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Date and Time:

4 February 2015 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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