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|
|Fri Jul 20th||Visit to Sir John Soanes museum, 2pm group tour, London. Approximate cost £7.50. Rendezvous at museum at 1.45pm if travelling to London on your own. Otherwise, travel with our group leaving Wendover station on the 11.56am train. Organizer Ceinwen.|
|Wed Aug 8th||8th August. 1.30 pm |
Free for National Trust members. (Visit fully subscribed, however contact convenor to reserve a place on the waiting list).
Meet at the car park/kiosk near the main gates for tickets/check of membership. There is a buggy for anyone who would find it difficult to walk up to the main house. The tour starts before the house is open to the public.
Exclusive opportunity to visit West Wycombe house on specialist private tour; Palladian and Classical influences.
Learn about the sequence of building works and some of the people employed on it plus efforts to replicate the structures and atmosphere of a Roman villa, (aesthetically & conceptually). How and why was copper used in the construction?
|Tue Sep 25th||Talk by structural engineer on designing and building houses. Team quiz to follow. 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||"Lahars to Dougongs" - an insight into Balinese and other temples.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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