Talks - list of available subjects

UP TO A POINT - Pyramids in Britain and Ireland : mausoleums,

memorials, garden features, pumps, beacons, sports halls, banks, cinemas - all in pyramidal shape, and stories of their sometimes-eccentric builders  Longer synopsis

 

EDWIN LUTYENS - 'A Singular and Delightful Man'

The life and work of the most famous British architcet of the 20th century, from his early country houses, through his work in New Delhi to his final years.


OPENING THE DOORS - A brief history of country house visiting : how from the earliest days large houses and castles were open to guests, and how, over the centuries, gusest chande into visitors and then tourists - with owners adapting to new demands and new economic circimstances.


VITRUVIUS BRITANNICUS’ AT 300 - How Palladianism came to dominate architecture
the publication of ‘Vitruvius Britannicus’, from 1715 onwards, introduced the Palladian style, which influenced the architecture of country houses and other buildings around the world  Longer synopsis

 

SCIENCE AND SAND : Piazzi Smyth, astronomer and pyramid fanatic : Smyth, who undertook serious scientific research into spectrospcopy and meteorology, was a pioneer of photography - and believed that the Great Pyramid held the secrets of the universeLonger synopsis

 

HACKFALL - A garden back from the brink : Hackfall, recently rescued from a century of neglect, is an 18th-century Romantic garden of trees, water and follies, designed by the creator of nearby Studley Royal in North Yorkshire  Longer synopsis

 

ECCENTRICS, EXOTICS AND ERRATICS - Buildings in gardens : looking at garden structures in a variety of styles, including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Hindu, Egyptian, Druidic and Prehistoric  Longer synopsis

 

THE PLOT THICKENS - A brief history of landscape gardens : from prehistory to the 21st century  Longer synopsis

 

COPYING THE CLASSICAL - Garden buildings in the Greek and Roman styles : the classically-inspired buildings that play such an important role in 18th and 19th century gardens – in styles from the classical to the dotty  Longer synopsis

 

GOING WITH THE FLOW - Garden cascades, fountains, waterfalls and lakes : water has always played an important part in gardens, from the days of the ancient Egyptians to the 21st century  Longer synopsis

 

ARCHITECTURAL FOLLIES From Gothic Gates to Perfect Pineapples : buildings have always expressed the personality and whims of their builders, sometimes in the most unexpected ways  Longer synopsis

 

'A VERY DANGEROUS WORK’ - Gilbert Scott and the restoration of Ripon Cathedral : the life of architect Gilbert Scott, how he rescued a cathedral from collapse and restored it to its current state  Longer synopsis

 

SCANDAL, SPITE AND SHUTTLECOCKS - Wentworth Woodhouse : the history and architecture of Britain's largest and least-known country house - and its dysfunctional families  Longer synopsis

 

PAINTING WITH LIGHT – English stained glass : the development of stained glass from the time of Bede to the 21st century  Longer Synopsis

 

HENRY HOLIDAY – Stained glass and more Henry Holiday was a painter, socialist, dress reformer, Wagnerite - and stained glass artist  Longer Synopsis

 

CORONATION - majesty myth and music : the development of British coronations and their music  Longer synopsis

 

LANDSCAPE AND LITERATURE : how writers responded to landscape, and how landscape gardeners took their cues from literature  Longer synopsis  

 

HOW TO WRITE A FAKE - Literary forgeries from Pepin the Short to Hitler a wide range of literary forgeries, including the poems of Ossian and the Shakespeare forgeries of John Henry Ireland  Longer synopsis

 

DEATH ON THE MATTERHORN - The Rev'd Charles Hudson and the mountain's first ascent : the story of the success and failure of a party of English climbers in 1865 (includes excerpts from a feature film made in 1936 about the event)  Longer synopsis 

 

BRITISH ARCHITECTS FROM INIGO JONES TO EDWIN LUTYENS : an

introduction to architectural history  Longer synopsis 

 

TALKS ON INDIVIDUAL ARCHITECTS : Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren, Sir John Vanbrugh, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Lord Burlington and William Kent, Sir William Chambers, AWN Pugin, William Burges, Philip Webb.

 

LIBYAN ARCHITECTURE : from Greeks to Gadhafi – and beyond

 

LISBON AND SINTRA : architecture and eccentrics in Portugal


contact David for other titles

The Pineapple: Stained glass, Skelton : The Star Pyramid, Stirling : Tha Matterhorn
  

More details from: David Winpenny, Victoria Villa, Princess Road, Ripon HG4 1HW   United Kingdom

david@winpennypr.co.uk Tel: (+44) (0) 1765 607641 Mob: 0777 888 1932

Images (left to right) The Pineapple, Airth, Stirlingshire, Scotland; The Worship of the Magi, stained glass at Christ the Consoler, Skelton-on-Ure, North Yorkshire; The Star Pyramid, Stirling, Scotland; The Matterhorn from Riffelalp, Switzerland

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