Annual lecture and social event, 2018

Applications are now invited for our social event and the Society's 7th Annual Lecture on Friday 2nd November 2018 in London. Non-members are welcome. Members attending will be able to collect their personal copy of the seventh issue of the Society's journal, The Orchard. (Copies will be posted after 2nd November to those members who are unable to attend this event.)

To apply, please use the online form at the bottom of this page.


  • Arrive at 6.30pm; glass of wine or soft drink.
  • 7pm: welcome from the Chairman
  • 7.10pm: lecture by Dr Alan Powers – Voysey and Lethaby : the two paths of the Arts and Crafts
  • The evening will conclude at about 8.30pm.

William Richard Lethaby (1857-1931) was a contemporary of Voysey, an architect and architectural historian whose ideas were highly influential on the late Arts and Crafts and early Modern movements in architecture, and in the fields of conservation and art education. This lecture will compare the work of the two men, bringing in the role of John Brandon-Jones in establishing the history and interpretation of both in the 1940s and 1950s.

Following a degree in History of Art from Cambridge, Alan Powers received his doctorate on Architectural education in Britain, 1880-1914. He is a prolific writer for magazines and the author of numerous books. He is joint editor of the journal Twentieth century architecture and joint editor of the monograph series Twentieth century architects, both published by the Twentieth Century Society. He has curated exhibitions including Modern Britain, 1929-39 (Design Museum, 1999); Eric Ravilious (Imperial War Museum, 2003); and Eros to the Ritz: 100 years of street architecture (Royal Academy, 2013).

As Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich, Alan taught architectural history and theory for undergraduate and diploma courses from 1999 to 2012, and is now teaching at New York University's London campus. He is chairman of Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust in London, and formerly chair of the Twentieth Century Society (2007-12). He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2008.


A charge of £5 per head will be made to members, including a glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles.

We are happy to accept non-members at this event, for whom the charge will be £7 per head.

Venue and directions

The event will take place in The Gallery at 77 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, in the London Borough of Islington.

The Gallery was created from the basement of a Victorian warehouse which was originally owned by Thomas Cook & Sons and is now the home of Alan Baxter & Associates LLP.

The postcode is EC1M 6EL.  The nearest London Underground station is Farringdon (on the Circle, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith & City lines). Farringdon is also a station on the National Rail network. Location map

At the street entrance to The Gallery, pass under the arch and walk to the end of the courtyard, passing the glass-fronted reception of Alan Baxter & Associates. At the far end of the courtyard, turn right down the steps.

How to apply

Please complete our online application form.

Page last amended 15th May 2018