Lecture: Thomas Hardy and Architecture A talk by Samantha Briggs

Thomas Hardy's Max Gate, Dorchester, Dorset

Thomas Hardy’s Max Gate, Dorchester, Dorset

Thomas Hardy is the only major English novelist to have also been a professional architect.  This lecture will provide an overview on Hardy’s architectural career and show how he engaged with nineteenth century debates about the built environment in his fiction.

This is the third in a series of five lectures about Thomas Hardy and is part of a larger project including the National Trust and the University of Exeter. It is hoped that the more academic nature of these lectures will provide the general public and lovers of Hardy’s novels with an increased connection to contemporary ideas about his work.

Entry to the talk is FREE but a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book.  Doors open at 7.00pm.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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Events: Undiscovered Caucasus: Art, Archaeology and Architecture in Georgia by Roger Peers

Views from the Caucasus Mountains - Roger Peers©2012

Views from the Caucasus Mountains

Imagine an undiscovered pocket of medieval Europe.  Not some over-sanitised over-run enclave tucked away in the Alps, but situated in far-off mountains somewhere to the east of Turkey!

A place where one can come across a stupendous Romanesque cathedral in the middle of nowhere; no running the gauntlet of car parks and tour coaches, gift shops and cafes, nothing more than sheep grazing in fields that run up to the walls.  A magnificently rich heritage of churches, monasteries and frescoes, of spectacular ruined castles perched on mountain crags and walled towns all set against the majestic backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains.

Caucasus Mountains - Roger Peers©2012

Caucasus Mountains

Georgia is all this and more.  Still largely undiscovered, few realise the astonishing wealth and diversity beyond the capital Tbilisi.  A marvellous cluster of many cultures, ancient history, extraordinary medieval dwelling towers, mountain top churches, unique cuisine and breathtaking high mountain villages only approachable by 4x4s.

Most of all, Georgia is its people, an ancient people with a sense of tradition, of honour, of value.  A people whose appreciation of beauty, poetry and song is legendary and whose warmth and spirit reach out to the visitor.  Together with its rich architecture and magnificent landscapes, Georgia is utterly beguiling.

Roger Peers’ illustrated lecture on the undiscovered Caucasus will take place at Dorset County Museum on Wednesday 20 March at 7.30pm.  The talk is free although a donation of £3 is encouraged, and all are welcome. Advance booking is not required.