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The Architecture of the British Raj is Remarkable; Let's Celebrate it! Anthony Peers Tuesday 14 November 2017

This lecture commences with a brief appraisal of attitudes towards the British empire and concludes with a quick look at efforts being made to preserve the buildings of the British Raj.  In between, consideration is given to the very best of British colonial architecture in India.  Starting with the East India Company era churches and mausolea of the mid-17th century, the lecturer takes his audience on a round India journey giving centre stage to the most impressive and unusual buildings of Madras (Chennai), Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata, (Calcutta), the military cantonments and hill stations.  This whistle-stop tour is completed with a brief look at the grandest of imperial buildings, Wiliam Emmerson's Victoria Memorial in Calcutta and Edwin Lutyen's Viceroy's House, New Delhi.