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GREAT RAILWAY STATIONS: THE SPIRIT OF ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE Ian Swankie Thursday 09 January 2020

 

Think of St Pancras International or New York Grand Central and you think of special places that promise excitement, adventure and long romantic journeys.  And there are dozens of other glorious stations, in the UK and abroad !  In this lecture, we take a journey around some of the world's most evocative and splendid stations, exploring the magnificence of their architecture and the brilliance of their engineering.  We also discover numerous artworks within the stations and examine the many depictions of stations in art – like Claude Monet’s Gare St Lazare or William Powell Frith’s Paddington. 

It might all sound a bit ‘anoraky’, but it’s definitely not !  It’s lavish, colourful and fun.

 

Many members will remember Ian Swankie from his Special Interest Day (and guided tour) a few years ago, on ‘Treasures of the Square Mile’.  Ian is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture, and is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, giving tours around each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide, leading regular tours for various corporations and organisations, and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City livery companies.