These beautifully illustrated lectures are digital presentations, using a combination of modern photography, old photos and postcards. I have an enthusiastic style of delivery, and aim to be entertaining whilst informative and interesting.
Almost a hundred pleasure piers were built around our coast mainly during the Victorian period. These incredible feats of engineering enabled holiday makers to promenade over the seawater enjoying the fresh air and views. A nostalgic look at the history of piers, incorporating some of the entertainment and delight they have brought to generations.
A light hearted look at the development of seaside resorts, and why the seaside holiday became so popular, with social history, fun, attractions, entertainment and wonderful seaside architecture.
The story of Britain’s first Grade I listed pier, described by English Heritage as ‘the finest pleasure pier ever built’. A look back at the West Piers heyday of delightful entertainment and enjoyment.
The extraordinary story of George IV’s exotic Regency Palace, which in spite of its turbulent history has managed to survive and is now beautifully restored to its original 1823 splendour.
In 1889 Mr Mason brought a large terraced house, then had the interior refurbished in a lavish eclectic style. The property is now a Grade II* listed building, part of The English Language Centre, but remains an exceptional example of Victorian nouveau riche taste.
Brighton’s magnificent Railway Station, its history and construction, from the ornate cast iron roof which has five acres of glass to the hidden places underneath the platforms.
Unusual aspects of an Edwardian house, a closer look at one of the fascinating homes of Sir and Lady Thomas –Stanford. This lecture reveals the lifestyle of the family and servants while also looking at the history of the house.
An instructive and compelling glimpse at the history of houses; whether a mansion, terrace or bungalow, each property has its own individual story, which can be discovered and then pieced together to reveal its unique past.