Georgian Group Events, Feb 2010

The Georgian Group is offering an interesting range of events this month. See|2010:0:0 for information about booking.

4th February 2010
Lecture / The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh*
6 Fitzroy Square W1
6.30pm, £10

Jeremy Musson reviews the idiosyncratic magnificence of Vanbrugh’s country houses, from Castle Howard and Blenheim to Seaton Delaval, Grimsthorpe and Kimbolton.

9th February 2010
London Visit / Trial of the Pyx

One of the longest established judicial procedures in the country, dating back to the twelfth century, the Trial of the Pyx is the annual check that coins produced at the Royal Mint are the right composition, weight and size. The name Pyx refers to the chests in which the coins are transported and derives from the Pyx chamber in Westminster Abbey, where historically the chests were kept.

17th February 2010
Lecture / Building in Georgian Oxford*
6 Fitzroy Square W1
6.30pm, £10

Malcolm Axtell, former Chairman of the Symm Group and our guide on recent visits to Oxford, talks about the role of Symm (established during the reign of George III) in conserving historic buildings in Oxford and in adding fine new buildings such as the Provost’s Lodgings at Queen’s.

23rd February 2010

Lecture / Behind Closed Doors – at Home in Georgian England*
6 Fitzroy Square W1
6.30pm, £10

As Frances Wilson said in The Sunday Times, Professor Amanda Vickery gives us ‘the Georgians at home as we have never seen them before in this ground-breaking book. Vickery can make a young wife’s arrangement of china into an event of thrilling social and psychological tension. Behind Closed Doors is both scholarly and terrifically good fun. Worth staying at home for.’ And this lecture by Amanda Vickery, based on the book, is well worth going out for.

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