February 2020

‘Saving a Century’

Welcome to The Arts Society Uckfield, Lewes & Newick
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 14:30
Weald Hall
Uckfield Civic Centre Uckfield TN22 1AE

Pevsner, Conservation and the Victorians

Unbeautiful but of value, rampant individualism, historical fancy dress, hamfisted, distressing, noisy; such phrases exemplify some of Pevsner’s views of Victorian buildings yet he considered such architecture indispensable as a vivid record of a time when Britain led the civilized world. The conservation work of the Victorian Society under his leadership could be credited with having saved a whole century. The lecture will examine Pevsner’s views and battles lost and won.


Ms Susie Harries

A writer, editor and lecturer, specialising in 20th century culture and the arts. Has published eight books on subjects including official war art, opera and the composer Elisabeth Lutyens. The most recent is the biography of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, published in August 2011. Lectured to a range of audiences, from the Imperial War Museum and British Museum to the Twentieth Century Society and the RSA, most recently at the Cheltenham and Bridport Literary Festivals and the Victorian Society.