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.
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 universe. Longer 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
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