Previous Events 2011/12

Summer events from 2012 are listed at the top of this page, winter events from 2011/12 are lower down:

An Arts and Crafts Day

Sunday May 20th 2012

Norman Jewson sketched by Sir William Rothenstein, Far Oakridge, 1911An illustrated talk by Sir Nicolas Mander on Norman Jewson, a key Arts and Crafts architect. The event will be held at the magnificent 16th century house which he restored and enlarged Sydenhams, near Bisley.

The talk will take place in one of the handsomely restored barns and afterwards there will be a buffet lunch with wine. members will be free to wander around the very fine gardens.

There will also be short tours to view the Arts and Crafts features in the house.

Parking is very restricted at the house so we have arranged a coach that will pick up in Stroud, Eastcombe and Bisley and other places en route by arrangement.

Price £25.00 members, £30.00 non-members (to include coach trip, talks, buffet and wine).

Booking essential – for booking details see top right. We hope to visit some other Norman Jewson houses later in the summer.

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Boughton House, Northamptonshire

Friday June 29th 2012

A day visit to this fabulous house near Kettering with its superb collection of paintings, furniture and porcelain, set in a magical time warp of the late 17th century.

We will have a guided tour of the house and its contents, the gardens, recently subject to a major restoration programme, the picturesque park and the estate with its thatched cottages and fine churches.

The day will end with tea at Boughton House. We can take picnic lunches to eat in the gardens.

Price £35.00 members, £40.00 non-members (to include coach trip, entrance to the house with guided tour of the house, gardens, estate and tea)

Booking essential – for booking details see top right.

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Raike’s House & Historic Pubs in Gloucester

Sunday July 15th 2012

Robert Raike's House, GloucesterWe meet at the Robert Raikes pub for an afternoon tour of Gloucester’s historic inns with Tim Mars as our guide.

£5.00 members and non-members.

A Report on this visit is now available on our blog.

 

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Tour of historic houses in South Woodchester

August 2012 – date to be confirmed

More details and booking arrangements will be available soon.

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Modern Architecture in Oxford (part 2)

Sunday September 16th 2012

Wolfson College Following last September’s very successful and popular expedition, Tim Mars returns with a brand new tour incorporating one or two of the highlights from last year.

Oxford has an impressive collection of modern buildings by the likes of Arup Associates, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, Leslie Martin, Howell Killick Partridge and Amis, Nicholas Grimshaw, Ahrends Burton Koralek, Architects’ Co-partnership, Jeremy Dixon & Edward Jones, Rick Mather, Robert Maguire & Keith Murray, Zaha Hadid and Kohn Pedersen Fox – to name just a few.

We will be visiting examples of their work, and seeing many historic buildings, streets and quadrangles along the way.

The day will include a tour of Powell & Moya’s fluid, informal, bucolic Wolfson College (pictured left) – almost the polar opposite of Arne Jacobsen’s St Catherine’s College which we went round last year.

Tim Mars will lead the expedition. Tim read English at Cambridge but spent most of his time exploring the city and studying its architecture. Members may also remember his lively and fascinating tours of Bristol and Birmingham.

There will be a lunch break in the centre of town or feel free to bring a packed lunch.

Price £25.00 members, £30.00 non-members (to include coach travel to and from Oxford)

Booking essential – for booking details see top right.

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The Natural House – the Prince’s Eco-home

Thursday January 19th 2012
A talk by Bettina Balwah

The Natural HouseThe Natural House is a unique, prize winning project by the Prince of Wales Foundation.

A new house, designed to be beautiful and eco friendly, a sustainable, low carbon house which is both attractive and affordable.

Bettina works for the Foundation and researched this project and has been involved in other new works.

A report on this event is available on our Blog.

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The work of some local architects

Thursday February 18th 2012
A presentation by David Austin and Jonathan Bassendale

Ecotricity Building, StroudThe RIBA recently organised a competition in the West of England and two of the finalists were:

– David Austin and the Ecotricity Building (Stroud)
– Jonathan Bassendale and the Blackfriars Priory (Gloucester)

David has his own practice while Jonathan was the project architect for Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

David will talk about the problems of new design in the first building and Jonathan will talk about issues of conservation and future use in the priory.

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AGM and The Restoration of Robert Raikes’ House 

Thursday March 15th 2012
A talk by Tim Potts

AGM at 7.00pm. Reception with wine, followed by talk at 7.30pm

Robert Raike's House, GloucesterThe amazing restoration of this fine 16th century house in Gloucester cost £4 million.

Tim Potts and his company, the Oak Frame Carpentry Co was heavily involved.

He will describe his work at the house, now a pub and we plan to visit this and other timber framed building in Gloucester in the spring.

Christmas outing to Two Temple Place, London

Thursday December 8th 2011
Interior, Two Temple PlaceOur Christmas outing this year is to Two Temple Place, London.

William Waldorf Astor’s magnificent neo-gothic mansion, one of London’s hidden gems and opening for the first time to the public with an exhibition of William Morris’s major works.

 

 

Toilet Talk
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Public Lavatories (but were afraid to ask)
Thursday October 20th 2011

Bedford Street tolietsAn illustrated talk by Tim Mars

Inspired by his frustrating but fascinating involvement in the project to refurbish the Bedford Street loos in Stroud, Tim Mars presents an illustrated talk on the history and lore of the public convenience.

From George Jennings’s first underground lavatories at the Royal Exchange to the Healthmatic Urilift – from cast-iron pissoirs to Lucinda Lambton’s ‘cathedral of the sanitarian art’ on the isle of Bute.

 

West Galleries – the architectural evidence of a lost tradition
Thursday November 17th 2011
A talk by architectural historian Linda Hall

West Gallery, St Chads, PoultonArchitectural historian Linda Hall returns with a talk on her latest subject, West Galleries – the architectural evidence of a lost tradition.

West Galleries were invented when the rood lofts forbidden by the Puritans were re-erected at the back of the church for the singers and musicians. Soon they were being built in large numbers, with panelled fronts or balustrades.

The mid 19th century saw the destruction of huge numbers of West Galleries as organs and robed choirs replaced the informal church bands so wonderfully depicted by Thomas Hardy. Yet many galleries have survived, dating from Elizabethan times to the mid 19th century. Linda will start and end her talk with some West Gallery music to show the vibrancy of this wonderful lost music.

Christmas outing to Two Temple Place, London
Thursday December 8th 2011

Interior, Two Temple Place

 

Our Christmas outing this year is to Two Temple Place, London.

William Waldorf Astor’s magnificent neo-gothic mansion, one of London’s hidden gems and opening for the first time to the public with an exhibition of William Morris’s major works.

Full details will be available soon.

 

Heritage Open Day
September 11th 2011

heritage Open Day logoWe will be taking part in the national Heritage Open Day programme this year at Lypiatt Park, where we will be viewing the Sculpture Trail at Lypiatt Park. This is rarely open to the public, so the day will be a great opportunity to see the site.

The Trail will be open from 2.00pm – 6.00pm and admission will be by free, prebookedticket only.

Selsley Church and its William Morris Windows
Saturday May 14th 2011

Selsley Church, from an old postcard

 

A visit to this famous church, with morning coffee, followed by a talk on the stained glass and then a home-cooked lunch in these delightful surroundings.

Price £15.00 to include a lunch and a guided tour and talk on the famous windows.

 

 

A visit to Sir Roy Strong’s Garden, Lasketts, Herefordshire
Thursday July 21st 2011

The Laskett - Oil Painting on Canvas by Jonathan Myles-LeaWe will be visiting Sir Roy Strong’s Garden atLasketts, a four acre triangle of land that he has been developing as a garden since 1973.

As part of our day in Herefordshire we will also visit two Arts and Crafts churches, including the outstanding Brockhampton Church.

We will have a picnic lunch, eaten in the nearby informal country garden at Shieldbrook and we return there for tea after our visit to Sir Roy’s garden.

The coach will leave Stroud at 9.00am and returns at 6.30pm

Price £35. 00 to include entrance to Lasketts, tea and entrance to Shieldbrook and coach travel.

Some Waterlane Houses And Gardens
Sunday August 21st 2011

There are two outstanding houses at Waterlane near Oakridge. The first is a fine early 18th century house, remodelled in 1799 and 1833. The gardens have a wonderful setting and there is a summerhouse built from fragments of a Roman Villa.The owner, Thomas Baker built another house, Waterlane House, nearby for his sister. This was substantially enlarged by Ernest Gimson and Norman Jewson.

We will have a tour of Watercombe House and visit the gardens of the other house while it is open to the public during the “Yellow Book” scheme. It is open from 10.00am – 6.00pm Teas will be available as part of the open day there

Price £10.00 (to include admission to Waterlane House) It is probably best if members buy their teas individually. Also members will be invited to make a small donation to charity for parking, which is arranged by a neighbour

Time: 2.00pm – 6.00pm.

Modern Architecture In Oxford (part 1)
Sunday September 25th 2011

Oxford has a stunning collection of modern buildings by the likes of James Stirling, Arup Associates, Powell & Moya, Ahrends Burton Koralek, HKPA and MacCormacs – to name just a few. We will be visiting examples of their work, and seeing many historic buildings, streets and quadrangles along the way.

St Catherine's CollegeThe day will include a guided tour of Arne Jacobsen’s St Catherine’s College, described by Pevsner as ‘the most perfect piece of architecture of 20th century Oxford”

Tim Mars will lead the expedition. Tim read English at Cambridge but spent most of his time exploring the city and studying the architecture. Members will remember his lively and fascinating tours of Bristol and Birmingham.

There will be a lunch stop en route or feel free to bring a packed lunch.

Price £17.50 (to include coach travel).

Philip Wilkinson on ‘English Buildings’
Thursday 20th January at 7.30pm in the Old Town Hall 

High Street Book cover

 

(note new venue)

Philip Wilkinson is author of ‘The High Street’, written to accompany the BBC1 TV series and ‘Restoration’ which accompanies the popular BBC 2 series with Griff Rhys Jones.

 

He has also written ‘The English Buildings Book’ published by English Heritage. For a flavour of his work look at his blog English Buildings.

 

 

Alec Hamilton on ‘The Friends of Friendless Churches’
Thursday 17th February at 7.30pm in the Old Town Hall 
(note new venue)

Saving Churches book cover

 

Members will remember Alec’s brilliant talk on Arts &Crafts in Gloucester Cathedral. Among Alec’s many other architectural interests is his role as a trustee of ‘Friends of Friendless Churches’ Some of the most remote and unspoilt churches have been taken under the wing of this charity and Alec will talk (with slides) about these churches and the work involved in rescuing them and restoring them.

 

Copies of ‘Saving Churches’, with colour photographs and an introduction by Sir Simon Jenkins will be on sale: price £16.99

 

Nigel Paterson on ‘Stately Mansions and Crumbling Cottages’

Thursday 17th March; 7.30pm AGM and 8.00pm Talk in the Old Town Hall (note new venue)

Nigel, Chairman of the Gloucestershire Buildings Recording Group, updates us with his latest work revealing discoveries at Elmore Court (recently seen in Country House Rescue), Wallsworth Hall (home of Nature in Art) and a number of small cottages.