AGM and study day at Senate House, London

Applications are now invited for our Annual General Meeting and study day on Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Why a study day?

This year we have decided to try a new format for our annual September event incorporating the AGM. A number of members have suggested that a study day would give us the opportunity to explore some of the broader aspects of Voysey's work in a way which permits greater participation by all those present. We have therefore arranged a series of short sessions grouped under two themes – "Beyond architecture" and "Links and connections" – each of which will be introduced and led by a speaker.

Senate House

Senate House is the administrative centre of the University of London and was constructed between 1932 and 1937. The grand art deco design was the work of Charles Holden, who was appointed from a short list which also included Giles Gilbert Scott. In making their choice, Vice-Chancellor William Beveridge and the Principal, Edwin Deller, were influenced by the success of Holden's recently completed 55 Broadway, designed as the headquarters for the London Electric Railway (later London Transport) and then the tallest office building in London.

Designed as a part of a much larger uncompleted scheme, today's Senate House consists of 19 floors and is 210 feet high. The main building contains the University's central academic bodies and activities, including the offices of the Vice-Chancellor, the entire collection of the University's principal central library, and seven of the nine research institutes of the School of Advanced Study.

Graham Greene's novel The Ministry of Fear (1943) and its film adaptation Ministry of Fear by Fritz Lang (1944) was set here. George Orwell's wife Eileen worked in Senate House for the censorship department of the wartime Ministry of Information, and her experiences inspired the description of the Ministry of Truth in Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The building has also appeared in many other films and television dramas.

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The day will start with registration and refreshments from 10am onwards. All other times following the start are approximate.

Apart from the AGM, each session will be opened by the session leader but audience contribution and discussion will be encouraged.

10.30Introduction and welcome
10.35Beyond architecture – the wallpaper and fabric designer (Gavin Henderson)
11.10Beyond architecture – the fireplace designer (Julie Flower)
11.35Beyond architecture – the interior designer (David Cole)
12.30Lunch (with informal viewing of the building)
13.15Annual General Meeting
14.00Links and connections – the contemporary : Baillie Scott (Diane Haigh)
14.50Links and connections – the colleagues : Voysey and the Art Workers' Guild (Catherine Sidwell)
15.20Links and connections – the customers (Wendy Hitchmough)
16.10Summary, farewell and disperse

The session leaders

  • Gavin Henderson : archivist at the John Lewis Heritage Centre.
  • Julie Flower : Treasurer of the Society and member of Council, MLitt in Art History at the University of St Andrews, where her dissertation was published as Two houses in Fife : a comparative analysis of Baillie Scott's Sandford Cottage & Lorimer's Wayside (2000).
  • David Cole : a practising architect who lives in Melbourne, Australia, Life member of the Society, author of The art and architecture of C.F.A.Voysey (2015).
  • Diane Haigh : currently a director of Allies and Morrison, Architects, author of Baillie Scott : the artistic house (1995).
  • Catherine Sidwell : member of Council, currently completing a PhD on Voysey at Kingston University
  • Wendy Hitchmough : Vice-President of the Society, Senior Lecturer in the Art History Department at the University of Sussex, author of C.F.A. Voysey (1995) and The Homestead (1994), amongst others.

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The Annual General Meeting itself is free to members, although a charge will be made for lunch if required. For the rest of the day, a charge of £47.50 per head will be made to members. We are happy to accept non-members at this event, for whom the charge will be £50.00 per head.

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The main entrance to Senate House is in Malet Street, London. The postcode is WC1E 7HU. You will be met just inside the entrance and directed to our meeting room for the day.

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The closest bus stops are in Tottenham Court Road or Russell Square (numbers 7, 24, 29, 68, X68, 73, 91, 134, 168 and 188).

The nearest Underground stations are Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Goodge Street (Northern), Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central) and Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City). The nearest mainline stations are Euston and Kings Cross.

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How to apply

Booking for this event is now closed.

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Senate House

Senate House


Central London is full of hotels of all types. There are several Premier Inns within easy walking distance.

Other things to see nearby

  • British Museum. 0.5 miles away, 18 minutes on foot.
  • The Foundling Museum. The history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. 0.5 miles away, 10 minutes on foot.
  • Wellcome Collection. A free museum and library exploring health, life and our place in the world. 0.5 miles away, 10 minutes on foot.
  • British Library. 0.8 miles away, 17 minutes on foot.
  • Statue of John Betjeman. St Pancras station. 1 mile away, 22 minutes on foot.
  • Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station. King’s Cross is where students of J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry catch the Hogwarts Express. 1 mile away, 22 minutes on foot.

Page last amended 18th September 2018