Society's Annual Betjeman Lecture

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Stephen Calloway, curator of the V&A’s exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860–1900, will give this year’s Betjeman lecture in St Michael and All Angels Church, Bath Road, W4, at 8.00pm on October 20th.

He is Curator of Prints in the World & Image department of V&A, as well as researching,writing and lecturing on the cultures of romanticism, decadence and dandyism. Tickets, priced £7.50, will be available at the church door from 7.30pm onwards.

The Betjeman lecture is held by the Society every year in honour of its first patron, Sir John Betjeman, with part of the proceeds going to Cure Parkinson’s Trust, as Sir John suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

Founded in 1875, the Bedford Park estate was built near Turnham Green station to attract “the aesthetic middle-classes” who couldn’t afford Chelsea.It was developed as the world's first garden suburb .Eminent architects such as William E Godwin and Richard Norman Shaw contributed to the design of 356 houses, now Grade II listed.

October 17, 2011