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The Architecture of the British Raj Anthony Peers Wednesday 08 January 2020

Anthony Peers is a freelance historic buildings' consultant, educated as an Architectural Historian at Manchester University and trained in building conservation at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, York. After two years with SAVE Britain's Heritage, he worked with the English Heritage Listing Division on the review of military buildings. In the mid 1990s was employed by the Department of Trade and Industry in Bombay, setting up and running an innovative project to repair George Gilbert Scott's university buildings and training local architects and craftsmen in conservation techniques and philosophy. Anthony is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Deputy Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Society. His knowledge of so many aspects of the built environment, alongside his first hand experience of India, will make his talk on the Architecture of the British Raj a truly memorable event.

This lecture starts with an examination of evolving attitudes towards the British Empire, and towards the buildings which survive as testament to its achievements.  A whistle stop tour is then made of the very best colonial buildings in Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi and elsewhere. In the final third of the lecture the focus is on Bombay, reflecting on Anthony`s experience of having masterminded a project to restore that city’s magnificent George Gilbert Scott designed university buildings. Bombay’s economic boom of the 1860s coincided with the high point of the Gothic Revival, and nowhere else in the world can claim to have as magnificent an assemblage of Gothic Revival buildings.