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01 May 2020Castles - Ancient & Modern and Creating Windsor Castle - A Step-by-Step Guide

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Castles - Ancient & Modern and Creating Windsor Castle - A Step-by-Step Guide Jonathan Foyle Friday 01 May 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak this event has been cancelled


Architectural historian Dr. Jonathan Foyle will explore the shifting associations in castle design and purpose over the last 1000 years. This talk digs deep to show how the religious and political purposes of buildings later changed to become representational of political authority. He will explain how Britain’s castles became palatial residences as cultural values changed during the 16th and 17th century, and lastly how they were associated with romantic ideals through Georgian and Victorian designs, that inform our modern preconceptions today. But it turns out that our own popular culture instinctively remembers medieval ideas.

Creating Windsor Castle: A Step-by-Step Guide

Windsor is amongst the most prominent of national landmarks, but it presents a complicated picture. This lecture will break down the evolution of the castle into seminal moments, explaining the context and purpose of each change from William the Conqueror’s mound to the nineteenth- century transformation as a picturesque composition under George IV – with a special insight into its current care as a conclusion.

Dr Jonathan Foyle was Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain for eight years, and a Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court for as long, during which time he took his 2002 PhD on reconstructing Wolsey's palace. He is a frequent feature writer for the Financial Times on issues of architecture, history and craft, and is approaching his sixth published cathedral monograph: Canterbury, Lincoln, Lichfield, Peterborough, Exeter - now Beverley Minster. A presenter of numerous television series including BBC4's Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? and BBC2's Climbing Great Buildings, he lectures frequently on a range of art-historical topics. He brings teaching experience as a former Course Director for the University of Cambridge Summer Schools and as Honorary Professor in Conservation at the University of Lincoln.

Programme for the Morning:

10:00 am Registration and Welcome (coffee / tea available)

10:30 am Lecture I

11:30 am Break for coffee/tea and biscuits

12 noon Lecture II

1:00 pm Approximate end of Special Interest Morning                                                                                         

Ticket cost - £20.00 per person (two lectures, coffee / tea on arrival and during the interval). 

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Jo Edna Corbyn   

Area Coordinator for Education - The Arts Society East Surrey Area                          


Mobile: 07758 097003                       

Tel.: 01737 761521           


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