John Betjeman and the Georgian Group

Image: A photograph of the Old Town Hall (1750-2), Devizes, from the Georgian Group Archive. The Georgian Group have recently published an article of mine in their Summer Magazine, which examines the involvement of poet John Betjeman during the group’s early years. Widely regarded as one of the heroes of historic buildings protection and conservation…… Continue reading John Betjeman and the Georgian Group

Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

I’ve had the great pleasure of writing and recording a podcast with fellow Warwick Castle historian Aaron Manning. The documentary focuses on the extraordinary and often contradictory life of Daisy, 5th Countess of Warwick, who went from being one of the most celebrated Edwardian socialites to a staunch socialist. Indeed, it was in the 1920s…… Continue reading Podcast: Daisy, the Countess of Warwick

Exhibition Catalogue – Splendour!

Image: Front cover of catalogue for the Georgian Group’s 80th anniversary exhibition entitled Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship. Printed in 2017 by Unicorn.   Delighted to been involved as co-editor of the Georgian Group’s 80th anniversary exhibition entitled Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship. Splendour! is an exhibition which celebrates living artists, craftsmen and architects who…… Continue reading Exhibition Catalogue – Splendour!

Sir Fulke Greville – Collector, Builder, Gardener and Warwickshire Man

Lecture Wednesday 11th January 2017 Alcester and District Local History Society Commencing 8pm St. Benedict’s RC School, Alcester Non-members welcome   Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628), born in Beauchamp Court, Alcester, lived through one of the most exciting periods of British history. He served at the courts of Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I, and…… Continue reading Sir Fulke Greville – Collector, Builder, Gardener and Warwickshire Man

Blogs – A complete list thus far…

Photo: JMW Turner, Warwick Castle, 1830-31, watercolour on paper. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. A complete list of blogs I’ve written thus far… Click the text to follow the links. Our Warwickshire George Greville,  2nd Earl of Warwick, Connoisseur Collector (2 parts) The Warwick Gittern An exceedingly rare lute by Hans Frei The Noble Imp’s Armour…… Continue reading Blogs – A complete list thus far…

Candlelit Lute Concert

A link to a short recording from a fabulous concert held in East Shefford Church earlier this autumn. Music included pieces by John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Henry Purcell, Robert de Visee and Giovanni Kapsberger. There are already plans in the pipeline to repeat elsewhere next year. Details coming soon…hopefully.   https://youtu.be/hqgCG6fB4Yk

David Bowie – Wallace Collection Podcast

Photo: David Bowie and Lindsay Kemp in Pierrot in Turquoise or The Looking Glass Murders filmed in 1970 for Scottish Television. Copyright STV. In addition to my blog ‘Variations on a Dream – Watteau, David Bowie and the commedia dell’arte’, the Wallace Collection has recently asked me to record a podcast on the same topic. My efforts…… Continue reading David Bowie – Wallace Collection Podcast