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“A History in Fifty” – an outline of England’s architectural development seen through fifty properties of the National Trust

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A HISTORY IN FIFTY – an outline of England’s architectural development seen through fifty properties of the National Trust

With David Grech

In 2020 the Covid pandemic impacted on all our lives. For some of us that was just a matter of inconvenience as we put our lives on hold, but for others the impact of the pandemic was far greater; cancelled weddings, redundancy and, even, the loss of a loved one. I was more fortunate and, aside cancelling a couple of holidays and not being able to visit family or friends, life continued much as before.

As we entered 2021, and our third lockdown, there was a tangible sense of déjà vu. Like most people I couldn’t wait to be vaccinated, though it gradually became apparent that, on its own, vaccination might not be the longed for ‘silver bullet’. At about the same time our new National Trust handbook dropped through the letterbox, and while perusing it in an idle moment I started to tot-up how many properties we had visited and, more to the point, how many I had sketched. From there it was a short step to realising that it would be possible to tell the story of the development of architecture in England through a selection of, say, 50 of the Trust’s properties, and that selecting, visiting and sketching those properties might give a focus for local trips once the lockdown started to be lifted, followed by longer trips away in our campervan as travelling restrictions were eased.

I already had sketches of a number of the Trust’s properties, but needed to add another 30 or so to be able to properly tell my story. These have been chosen from amongst all the various man-made structures in the care of the Trust that illustrate conscious design intent. I have therefore included a prehistoric stone circle and a range of vernacular and essentially functional buildings to sit alongside more recognised architectural works. While my final selection is a matter of personal choice, I hope that the resulting collection is both representative of the Trust’s varied portfolio and, at the same time, provides a tangible narrative to the story of England’s architectural development.

Doors open 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm.

Cash bar. Ticket price includes one free drink.

Tickets £10 (inc booking fee) on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-history-in-fifty-tickets-226406827917

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Date:
March 11
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm