‘What a super course you gave us at Dillington! One of the best I have ever attended.’
PARTICIPANT, LIFELONG-LEARNING COURSE ON 20TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE
‘A fascinating talk, beautifully illustrated: thank you.’
AUDIENCE MEMBER, TALK TO CIVIC SOCIETY
‘A tour de force!’
Philip gives talks about buildings, historical subjects, and his work as an author to a range of audiences around Britain. He also teaches courses on architectural history and similar subjects. He has spoken at major events such as the Cambridge History Festival, the English Heritage Festival of History, and the Cheltenham Literature Festival, as well as to various societies, local history groups, and others.
A selection of his talks and courses, most of which are illustrated, appears below.
If you are interested, please get in touch with Philip by email.
TALKS AND LECTURES: ABOUT ARCHITECTURE AND HISTORY
These talks are designed to last about an hour and are all illustrated.
High Street histories
Great British brands
Exploring our churches, or Church-crawling around England
Bizarre buildings and singular structures: Gloucestershire’s unusual architecture
Wonder material of the Victorian age
Mr and Mrs Charles Rennie Mackintosh: a creative partnership
Art nouveau in British architecture
The strange roots of modern architecture
Quiz question: How old is the building in the black and white photograph above? 1930s? 1950s? 1960s? Some other date? For the answer, please scroll down to the very bottom of this page.
Rebuilding Britain: architecture and design after 1945
Restoration: wrong from the start?
LECTURES AND TALKS ABOUT MY WORK AS A WRITER
It’s not just the architecture
of my readers are surprised when I pick out an old house in a back
street, an obscure chapel, or even a public lavatory, and find things to
say about it in my books and on my blog. This talk explains how I come
across my discoveries and describes how I look at buildings. It’s all
about keeping one’s eyes open, listening to hints from locals,
respecting the obscure or unregarded, and not following guidebooks. I’m
not in search of great architecture, but I do look out for interesting
oddities, unusual structures, and tantalizing fragments. Join me as I
explain that it’s not just about the architecture...’
Blogging about buildings
Adventures in authorship
These are some of the questions Philip Wilkinson has often been asked in 25 years as a writer. This talk provides some of the answers. From his early years as an editor, his work in children’s non-fiction, international publishing, tie-ins for TV, and books for English Heritage, this talk covers some of the highlights of Philip’s life as an author.
These courses have been designed to last a weekend, but can be adjusted to suit other time-spans. Please enquire for more details.
20th-century British architecture
How the Victorians built our world
Is ornament a crime?
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Answer to quiz question: The building in the black and white photograph is the Sheerness Boat Store, Kent, and it was built in 1860. Strange, but true...