Lecture Series

The Lutyens Trust regularly organises various lecture series on the topic of Lutyens and the world in which he lived.

Lutyens and the Edwardians Series

Lasting Impressions: Twentieth-Century Portrait Prints

Rosie Broadley

This lecture considers the print-making revival through portraits in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, drawing out fascinating connections between works of art and artists.  Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century the revival saw a renewed interest in traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, which stimulated immense creativity and led to innovation and technical advances.

Lutyens and the Edwardians Series

Gardens Old and New

Michael Balston

Gardens Old and New appeared at the end of a century in which styles for architectural expression seemed uncertain. Gothic Revival jostled with the Neo-classical, the Jacobethan with the Italianate. Gardens followed suit until the Arts and Crafts movement emerged to become a functionally versatile approach to both home and garden-making and suitable for gardens large and small. In some respects, its principles still persist.

Today, whatever the designer’s vision and skill with plants and materials, the context of the work is all-important. This encompasses not only the Client’s agenda but also the site and its characteristics, not only the immediate history of the site but also the historical context, which often shines a light on the reasoning behind the form we have inherited. The development of gardens over the nineteenth century and through the Arts and Crafts period is incredibly rich with wonderful artists, designers and contractors involved, mostly unassuming and generous with their time and knowledge. This talk explores the context and people that led up to and gave shape to the Arts and Crafts Garden – and, how, as the Movement gave way to Modernism in public architecture, its principles remained strong particularly in private domestic work.

Lutyens and the Edwardians Series

Lutyens & Edwardian Society

Professor Jane Ridley

Lutyens was the favourite architect of the Edwardians but his country house clients fell away after the First World War. This talk shows how Lutyens worked to win the patronage of Queen Mary, and how he transformed himself into the leading public architect of the post-war era.

Lutyens and the Edwardians Series

An Introduction to Edwardian Film in Britain

Dr Lawrence Napper

This talk considered the cinema as it developed in Britain during Lutyens’s lifetime. Lawrence Napper showcased some well-known films as well as some recent rediscoveries from this period, and placed them in the context of the culture of film-making and film-going in the early twentieth century. The talk offered some illustrations of the ways in which cinema can be understood as a key resource for thinking about the visual culture of the Edwardian period, and particularly for thinking about the wider world of interior design, garden design and architecture in which Lutyens moved.

Lutyens and the Edwardians Series

Old-New and New-Old: Edwardian houses

Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin 

What made the best Edwardian houses remarkable was the fact that they effortlessly mixed old and new material within a single building and their architects took great pleasure in creating surprising combinations of styles. This lecture looks at a series of beautiful and not always well-known houses of different sizes which characterise the era.