Architecture & Landscape

Status:Active, open to new members
Venue: Theatr Brycheiniog

The leader of the Architecture and Landscape Special Interest Group is Mervyn Bramley. To contact Mervyn by email, click on his highlighted name above.

What this Group does - Each session is self-contained and covers an area of broad architectural or landscape interest - for example local buildings, famous architects, historic landscapes. In any one session, we always aim to learn and see something new and interesting. A typical session will have 35 minutes well-illustrated presentation and up to 20 minutes group discussion. For information on past Group sessions, see Past Presentations.

Meetings of the Architecture & Landscape Group during the 2024 Summer term will take place on:

30th May at 1.15 in the Studio

Architectural grandeur - Victorian municipal buildings

This session will look at the great municipal buildings in England and Wales which were designed and built in the Victorian era when many towns and cities were undergoing rapid expansion as a result of Britain’s industrialisation.  We’ll consider the driving forces behind the buildings that emerged.  We’ll look at some particularly striking examples including Birmingham Town Hall and Council House; St George’s Hall, Liverpool; the newly restored Rochdale Town Hall; Leeds Town Hall (described as the world’s first municipal palace); and the planning of Cardiff City Centre.    Presented by Mervyn Bramley

20th June at 2.30 in the Studio

Three 10-minute landscapes - Three Cliffs, Gower; Five Pits Trail, Derbyshire; KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, South Africa