Annual lecture and social event, 2019

Applications are now invited for our social event and the Society's 8th Annual Lecture on Friday 1st November 2019 in London. Non-members are welcome.

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 Steve Jackson – Betjeman and Voysey : the "Archie Rev" and the Pioneer
  • The evening will conclude at about 8.30pm.

This illustrated talk explores how John Betjeman helped to restore Voysey's reputation (and created the notion of Voysey as a "Pioneer"), and also advanced his own career as a writer, through the pages of The Architectural Review, and as an emerging conservationist. The talk will examine how Betjeman wrestled with the "fog of fashion" (Kenneth Clark) of the Modern Movement and his real love of Victorian architecture and its vital expression in the Arts and Crafts movement as pioneered by Voysey and others.

The talk will be given by Steve Jackson, a member of the Council of Management of The Betjeman Society, and editor of the Society's newsletter.


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.

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Page last amended 27th June 2019