Architecture

U3A ARCHITECTURE GROUP

Started in January 2011, the Group has developed over the past five years, and we have a lively and active membership who enjoy studying all aspects of architecture, local, national and international; ancient and modern. What we look at reflects members’ interests, and meetings are usually led by one of the group members. Detailed knowledge of architecture is not necessary, just an interest in the built environment.

The group normally meets at the Progressive Hall in North Bradley at 2.30pm on the fourth Monday of each month (except December), unless we are going on a visit. The Hall has ample car parking and is served by regular bus services.  About two or three times a year we go out for visits. As we do not meet in someone’s house we do not place a limit on numbers – any member can come to our meetings.

Our provisional programme for 2017 gives an idea of the kind of subjects we study:

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January: Members’ presentations – short presentations by Group members on buildings which interest them;

February: Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect;

March: The Architecture of Workhouses;

April: Sir George Gilbert Scott, the Godfather of Victorian Gothic;

May: Visit to Barton Farm, Bradford on Avon, including the Tithe Barn, led by a member of the Preservation Trust;

June: The Architecture of Defence – a look at the design of defensive structures including the Maginot Line;

July: Visit to the Old Centre of Bristol;

August: The Modcell System of Building;

September: The Development of Factory Buildings;

October: Visit to Swindon taking in The National Trust Offices, The Outlet Centre in the former Railway Workshops and the Railway Village

November: Members’ Presentations.

For further info please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.