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20 March 2020Area Study Day - London’s Cathedrals: Underground and Overground
26 February 2020Two Centuries of British Glass
24 February 2020Area Study Day - The History of the Royal Academy
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22 January 2019The British Empire and Imperial India: Images, Architecture and Arts
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31 October 2017Art and Revolution: Russian Art from the Romanovs to Stalin
28 February 2017The Art of Ancient Egypt
31 October 2016Study Day: English Artists and Landscape in the Twentieth Century
08 April 2016Spanish America: Conquest and Culture
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04 March 2015ART IN VENICE: THE LION OF THE SEA (To be held at the Winchester Cathedral Visitors Centre - Wednesday 4th March 2015 10am to 3pm including lunch. With a repeat Study Day held on the following day, Thursday 5th March 2015)
05 November 2014ON EITHER SIDE OF NO-MAN'S LAND. BRITISH & GERMAN ARTISTS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR (Held at the Winchester Cathedral Visitors Centre - 10am to 3pm including lunch. With a repeat Study Day held on the following day, Thursday 6th November 2014)
05 March 2014FROM SOUP CAN TO CAN-CAN (Held at the Winchester Cathedral Visitors Centre - 10am to 3pm including lunch. With a repeat Study Day held on the following day, Thursday 6th March 2014)
30 October 2013GOOD GIRLS AND BAD GIRLS IN ART AND WOMEN ARTISTS (Held at the Winchester Cathedral Visitors Centre - 10am to 3pm including lunch. With a repeat Study Day held on the following day, Thursday 31st October 2013)
27 February 2013THE CULT OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC: from Cook to Gauguin (Held at the Winchester Cathedral Visitors Centre - 10am to 3pm including lunch. With a repeat Study Day held on the following day, Thursday 28th February 2013)
31 October 2012THE SHAKERS: their beliefs, Architecture and Artifacts (Held at the Winchester Cathedral Visitors Centre - 10am to 3pm including lunch. With a repeat Study Day held on the following day, Thursday 1st November)
15 February 2012ROMANS, MOORS AND CHRISTIANS ( Held in the Winchester Cathedral Visitors Centre - 10am to 3pm including lunch. With a repeat Study Day held on the following day, Thursday 16th February)
26 October 2011LOOKING AT DICKENS 1812-2012
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Area Study Day - London’s Cathedrals: Underground and Overground Ian Swankie Friday 20 March 2020

Venue: The Walton Suite, Guildhall, Winchester SO23 9GH

Time:   10:00 for coffee, lectures 10:30 – 15:00

Cost:    £40 (includes coffee/tea, buffet lunch and a glass of wine)

London’s Cathedrals – Overground and Underground

A series of three one-hour talks exploring the splendid architecture of London. From the immense subterranean cathedrals of the London Underground, to the formal classicism of Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral and the towering cathedrals of the modern age in the mega-skyscrapers that dominate the skyline.

Underground Cathedrals - the world-class art, architecture and design of London Underground.

The world’s first underground railway has a wonderful heritage of architecture, ingenious design, powerful advertising posters and unique calligraphy. In this talk we plot the early development of the Underground, examine the legacy of Frank Pick and Charles Holden, look at some of the iconic posters, and celebrate the award-winning underground cathedrals of the modern Tube. We’ll also take a peek at some of the new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) stations, designed by some of the world’s top architects.

St Paul’s Cathedral and much more - the brilliance of Sir Christopher Wren 

In this talk we wind the clock back to the seventeenth century and enjoy an armchair tour of some of Wren’s magnificent structures including City Churches, the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich and of course, his greatest masterpiece St Paul’s Cathedral. Wren was primarily a mathematician and astronomer and we’ll see how these disciplines are harnessed in his work. We also look at the origins of the classical orders of architecture and discover how Wren’s love of this ancient system is everywhere to be seen in his legacy.

The Gleaming Spires of London – Cathedrals of Commerce 

London boasts an extraordinary range of architecture and this talk reveals the evolution of the capital through its tallest buildings. We start with a brief look at the development of architecture in the capital and then focus on the modern. 

Whether we like it or not, there are currently well over 500 new buildings over twenty storeys high planned in London, including dozens more than twice this height. This is in addition to those already completed. This talk looks at the best of these buildings including the cutting-edge designs of the latest towers such as the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater and the Scalpel. We discover their extraordinary architectural and engineering challenges but also examine the controversies and difficult social decisions needed to manage this dramatically changing skyline.


Ian Swankie

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives tours at each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations. Six years ago, he established a weekly independent art lecture group in his hometown of Richmond in West London, and he gives talks on a variety of subjects. He is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City Livery Companies. 

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