Annual lecture and social event, 2021

Applications are now invited for our social event and the Society's 10th Annual Lecture on Friday 26th November 2021 in London. Non-members are welcome.

We are hoping that indoor gatherings will be possible in November, but the Society will follow government guidelines in respect of the current coronavirus pandemic and our arrangements may be changed or the event cancelled at short notice.

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


  • Arrive from 6.30pm onwards.
  • 7pm : welcome from the Chair.
  • 7.10pm : lecture by Julian Holder – 'Down the pub with Charles Voysey' : on writing a new book on Arts and Crafts architecture.
  • The evening will conclude at about 8.30pm.

This will be a two-part lecture. Firstly it will consider the problems of writing a new book on Arts and Crafts architecture. Rather than the usual chronological survey the author will present the subject through the issues of being asked to write a popular book on the subject. What's in, what's out, and why? How to be simple, but not simplistic? What building do you put on the front (and back) cover, and what typeface should be used? What can you illustrate when there's nothing to illustrate? Who decides? A 'no holds barred exposé', it considers the omission of certain building types such as the public house to then in the second part examine Voysey's little-known work for the Central Control Board (Liquor trade) in Carlisle and elsewhere during the First World War and its wider impact on the design and management of pubs during the inter-war period.

The talk will be given by Julian Holder. Dr Holder is Senior Associate Tutor in Architectural History at the University of Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, and a Deputy Editor of Architectural History. He has held a number of posts in academia and conservation and is a former Inspector of Historic Buildings with English Heritage, Casework Officer of the Twentieth Century Society, and Director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies at the Edinburgh College of Art. His recent publications include 'Beauty's awakening' : Arts and Crafts architecture (Crowood, 2021) and (with Elizabeth McKellar) Neo-Georgian architecture 1870-1970 : a reappraisal (Historic England, 2016). An expert adviser to the Getty Conservation Institute on twentieth century heritage, he is currently researching the history of official architecture and writing a monograph on the architect E. Vincent Harris.

Julian Holder

Our speaker, Dr Julian Holder

New book

Milbourne Arms


If we are able to meet in person, a charge of £5 per head will be made to members. Numbers will be limited in line with Covid guidance. We may be able 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.

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Alan Baxter Associates

Entrance to The Gallery in Cowcross Street, the venue for this event

Page last amended 9th October 2021