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23 March 2020COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE IN INDIA

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COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE IN INDIA Anthony Peers Monday 23 March 2020

Looking first at Madras and then Calcutta, learn about the very best buildings from the heyday of the East India Company. See magnificent late18th and early 19th century classical buildings, as well as the stunning Indo-Saracenic styles flowering in Madras and the remarkable Edwardian Baroque Victoria Memorial in Calcutta.   Bombay, part of the Dowry of Catherine of Braganza, was called The Gateway to India because of the beauty and glories of its architecture, including the finest collection of Gothic Revival buildings and splendid Art Deco work. Then discover the wonders wrought over the 300 years by the East India Company, and later by Edwin Lutyens in the innovative stylistic triumph that is New Delhi.

Anthony Peers is a freelance historic buildings consultant.  He was 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, where he wrote Deserted Bastions, he worked with the English Heritage Listing Division on the review of military buildings. In the mid 1990s Anthony was employed by the DTI in Bombay, India, 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. From 1998 until 2010,he  worked as Rodney Melville & Partners' historian, involved with research, analysis, assessment and conservation planning at such sites as The Workhouse, Southwell; Aston Hall, Birmingham; The Royal Institution, London and Cliveden. His book on the History of Birmingham Town Hall  was published in 2012, to critical acclaim.

Anthony Peers is Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Deputy Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Society.

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