Do come and join us - there are spaces available in this group.
Our focus is the appreciation of architecture of all periods and styles. A self supporting group, we enjoy a mix of talks and guided visits organised by members. Please view our activities for 2018 in the diary below.
During 2017 we interspersed our learning sessions with several visits to London. Here we toured the Banqueting Hall, Supreme Court, Geffrye Museum, Royal Opera House and Sky Garden in the "Walkie Talkie" building. We visited Greenwich, too, and ascended 60 feet in order to investigate the secrets of Britain's largest painted ceiling completed in 1726! In the summer, we visited the ancestral home of the Fiennes family, Broughton Castle, near Banbury. One of the highlights of the year was in August when we were privileged to visit Sir Paul Getty's private library on the Wormsley estate.
In 2016 we visited several places including Stowe House and Tring Mansion. Our trip to London included visiting the Guildhall art gallery to see Visscher redrawn(1616-2016) and to visit the Roman amphitheatre beneath. We had a tour of the Mansion House on this day, too. Locally, we had a guided tour of Halton House, the World War 1 trenches and the two museums on the RAF base.
Where and When
We generally meet from 2.00 p.m. until 4.00pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Our meeting venue is The Union Chapel, School Lane, Weston Turville HP22 5SE.
New members are very welcome to come along and join us. Please get in touch first, so we can tell you a little more about our group.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Sep 25th||Talk by structural engineer on designing and building houses. Venue Weston Turville Union Hall at 2pm.|
|Tue Oct 23rd||Visit Tate Modern. Special tour on the architecture of the building at 2pm, rendezvous at 1.45pm.. £14 per person. Group size 15+|
Also on this day, prior to Tate Modern visit the headquarters of RIBA and have a guided tour. Travel to London by train from Wendover.
It is possible to do one or both options. Just decide what suits you best and contact HH or BB.
|Tue Nov 27th||Our favourite religious buildings eg stone circle, tree cathedral, church, cathedral, mosque, synagogue. "Just a Minute" presentations on a topic of your choice.|
Followed by a talk on Indian Temples by Belinda B
|Tue Jan 22nd||"Buckinghamshire's Great Houses" a talk by Julian Hunt F.S.A.|
Mr Hunt is a researcher, lecturer and writer on English local history.
|Tue Feb 26th||An insight into Balinese architecture.Talk by D.A|
|Mon Mar 25th||Towering buildings - the science behind the world's supertall buildings. "Just a Minute" presentations.|
|Tue Apr 23rd||tbc.Napier: New Zealand's art deco gem. |
In 1931 Napier was flattened by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale.It was quickly rebuilt. Out went brick parapets, gables and heavy facades....what happened next?
Come to the talk by J.S to find out!
|Tue May 28th||2 pm. Visit to local, medieval, timber framed, thatched cottage - by kind permission of the owners.|
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