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Our focus is the appreciation of architecture of all periods and styles. We enjoy a mix of talks and guided visits organised by members plus the occaional guest speaker. A diary of our activities is maintained: see below for details.
So far this year, we have had a talk on Buckinghamshire's Greatest Houses and have had several study sessions including ones on Bridges, Balinese architecture and Art Deco in Napier, New Zealand. We have had a walking tour of Oxford with a Green Badge guide and locally visited a medieval timber framed thatched building. Recently, we have had an "Inside Out" architectural tour of the Royal Albert Hall and visited the Royal Courts of Justice as part of a Victorian themed day.
Members are very welcome to put forward ideas and themes for meetings which can be explored further. In the forthcoming months we will have a talk on Workhouses and learn about high rise buildings. We also have a visit to London to tour St Pancras Station and the revitalised Kings Cross area.
Where and When
We meet from 2.00 p.m. until 4.00pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Coffee/tea and biscuits are provided. Our meeting venue is The Union Chapel, School Lane, Weston Turville, HP22 5SE.
When we make visits to buildings, we might take the train to London or arrange lifts for everyone who wishes to go if the visit is difficult by public transport. Some visits will be self guided and others will have guides for which there is usually a fee. Members must be fit enough to participate if they sign up for a visit.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Nov 19th||Functional architecture Tour of ARLA.|
Aston Clinton. 10 am tour in connection with our theme on Functional architecture. Numbers limited.
Contact Helen - former Convenor
|Mon Nov 25th||U3A study day - The architecture of London. RIBA course exploring the changing face of London's built envirohment - from the perfect symmetry and proportions of the Georgian era to today's glass towers. |
Key themes for study include Georgian architecture, the "Long 18th century", Victorian London, 20th century modernism and architectural photography.
See Third Age Trust magazine or u3a.org.uk/events
|Tue Nov 26th||Towering buildings.|
Just a Minute presentations by the group.
From Scottish brochs, Eiffel and the leaning Tower of Pisa to the Shard! Learn about the scientific advances contributing to the construction of the world's tallest buildings.
|Tue Jan 28th 2020||"WORKHOUSES & GEORGE GILBERT SCOTT" A talk by guest speaker Julian Hunt FSA|
George Gilbert Scott(1811-1878) was born in Buckinghamshire and started his career as a leading designer of workhouses. Over 800 buildings were designed or altered by this architect of the Gothic Revival.
The talk will illustrate how the Tindal (Hospital) Aylesbury may be connected to St Pancras Station, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King's College London Chapel....and many more buildings!
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