The York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society’s remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I’s birth, to 1837, the year of William IV’s death.
7 July 2014
We are delighted to announce that DAN CRUICKSHANK, architectural historian and writer, and well-known television presenter, will be speaking to the York Georgian Society on Saturday afternoon, 18 October 2014. His illustrated lecture, on Wentworth Woodhouse, will mark exactly the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Society’s inaugural meeting held on 18 October 1939, just after the outbreak of World War II.
Dan Cruickshank first presented a television programme in the series One Foot in the Past in 1993, and has written and presented programmes regularly for the BBC since then. These have ranged from series such as Britain’s Best Buildings (2002) and What the Industrial Revolution did for Us (2003) through Adventures in Architecture (2008) to the more recent Great Railway Adventures (2010), The Country House Revealed (2011) and The Bridges that Built London (2012). His three-part series Majesty and Mortar: Britain’s Great Palaces was broadcast this year. Dan Cruickshank’s many publications include Georgian Buildings of Britain and Ireland (1985), The Royal Hospital Chelsea (2004), The Secret History of Georgian London (2009) and Bridges (2010), as well as books tying in with his television series.
The talk will be given in the Fountains Lecture Theatre at York St John University, at 2.30 pm (doors opening at 2 pm), followed by a reception with sparkling wine to celebrate the anniversary. Admission is free to members of the Society, but £10 a head (to include refreshments) for non-members. As places will be limited, booking in advance is essential – for both members and non-members. Further information about booking will be announced soon.
Dan Cruickshank’s talk will launch the Society’s programme of lectures on Saturday afternoons over the winter of 2014–15. Visit the Lectures page for information about all of the season’s talks, including details of the two venues – the Fountains Lecture Theatre (FT/003), in the Fountains Learning Centre, and the Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017), in De Grey Court, both at York St John University.
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