Revising Pevsner's 'Hertfordshire'

Wed, 8 May 2019

Priority booking for Friends opens on October 1st 2018


‘Few counties are as interesting as Herts’:  Revising Pevsner’s Hertfordshire

A lecture by Dr James Bettley


Nikolaus Pevsner’s definitive guide to the buildings of Hertfordshire was published in 1953, with a second edition revised by Bridget Cherry in 1977.  In 2019 a third edition is being published by Yale University Press, prepared by Dr James Bettley, who has already revised the volumes for Essex and Suffolk.  It will be about twice the length of previous editions, with new colour photographs and many more maps and plans.  In this talk, James will give us an introduction to the Buildings of England series and its place in Pevsner’s life, and explain what is involved in compiling the new edition, illustrated with examples of local Hertfordshire buildings.

A freelance architectural historian since 2000, Dr James Bettley has worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.  He now lives in Essex, where he will be taking on the duties of High Sheriff from April 2019.

This lecture will take place in the Diocesan Board Room, Holywell Lodge, Holywell Hill, starting at 8.00pm prompt

PLEASE NOTE that the lecture will be preceded by the Friends' 2019 AGM at 6.30pm and a drinks reception at 7.30pm. Attendance at the Annual Meeting is free to all Friends.  If you would like to join a group of Friends for an early evening meal in a local restaurant before the AGM, please email for details. 

Tickets:  £9.00 (entry to reception and lecture)  

There are no concessions. There are 70 tickets available. 


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