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 2019 in the diary below.
In 2018 there have been a number of talks by specialists on subjects such as structural engineering, planning applications, Russian architecture and the Modernistas. Group members have organised visits to our local brickworks, Charles Rennie Mackintosh museum, West Wycombe House, Sir John Soane Museum, RIBA plus an architectural tour of Tate Modern. We have enjoyed longer presentations plus "Just a Minute" talks on a variety of topics.
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 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|
Plus a short quiz!
|Tue Mar 19th||Functional architecture - Tour of Greatmoor-energy from waste facility. 10.30am Free. Numbers limited to 15. Tour takes approx 2 hours.|
Please note that the generator in the turbine hall creates a powerful magnetic field which may affect medical devices such as pacemakers.
We will be provided with steel capped boots, hardhat, hi-viz jacket, safety glasses and gloves.( Do not wear skirts!)
Organiser Stephen M.
|Tue Mar 26th||"Bridge over Troubled Water."|
Did you know that Art Garfunkel trained as an architect?
"Just a Minute" presentations on bridges! Old and new bridges, canal, road and rail bridges.....
|Tue Apr 23rd||Illustrated talk on 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.|
Judy to coordinate.
|Tue Jun 25th||Oxford architecture. In readiness for our visit next month, presentations on the city architecture.|
|Tue Jul 23rd||Oxford walking tour with Green Badge Guide- "Architecture and Academia". |
We walk from South to North, roughly following a chronological time line from ancient to modern architecture.
Starting in the city centre, view a College hall plus chapel, then see other sites enroute to the Blavatnik Building with tour of the Andrew Wiles building.
Duration of tour 2.5 hours.
Rendezvous 1.45pm in Oxford at central location. Full details to be posted later/talk to convenor.
|Tue Aug 27th||Victorian architecture! |
Morning tour of Royal Albert Hall. "Inside Out" architecture tour.£13.50
Afternoon tour of Royal Courts of Justice £11
Queen Victoria opened this building in 1882. The architect was George Edmund Street who designed the whole building from foundation to varied carvings and spires.
See the Courts' most stunning rooms(Great Hall; Bear Garden; Painted Room) plus Judicial Robing Gallery. SkyFall, Mission Impossible. Silks and Dr Who have all been filmed here!
Cheques payable to Wendover U3A travel.
Helen to co-ordinate.
|Tue Sep 24th||"To make a museum: the fulfilment of Walter's ambition." Talk by guest speaker.|
The story behind the Tring Natural History Museum, Walter Rothschild and the architect William Huckvale.
|Tue Oct 22nd||Walking tour of St Pancras and Kings Cross.|
Free tour. Walking 1.5 hours
Depart Wendover Station at 9.10am. Tour at 11 am. Guided walk by local expert around the development at Coal Drops Yard, viewing new plus industrial buildings and learning about the history of the site.
See the Heatherwick Studios design and marvel at the "Kissing" roofs!
Details to follow. Contact convenor.
|Tue Nov 19th||Functional architecture Tour of ARLA.|
Aston Clinton. 10 am tour in connection with our theme on Functional architecture. Numbers limited.
|Tue Nov 26th||Towering buildings.|
Just a Minute presentations by the group as we learn about scientific advances contributing to the construction of the world's tallest buildings.
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