Dan Cruickshank is an art historian and BBC television presenter, with a special interest in the history of architecture. He will be delivering a fascinating talk at Cliveden on the subject of Georgian architecture, paying particular interest to the Italianate architecture of Cliveden, which was designed by Charles Barry. Barry is also famously known for designing Highclere Castle and the Houses of Parliament among others.
The story of the Barry family of architects touches on two big architectural themes. The first is the nature of architecture and the creative role played by architectural dynasties. The other is to do specifically with architecture in mid 19th century Britain – with the High Victorian Dilemma of Style - and the search for a National Style to reflect the achievements and aspirations of Britain and its empire.
Arrive at 6.30pm to a glamorous reception in the house with Champagne, then the talk with Dan Cruickshank, followed by a three-course dinner with wines and coffee and bonbons.
Dress code: Smart Casual