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Britain with Betjeman

Talks/Lectures

Event Description

Whilst John Betjeman is usually remembered as an approachable poet he would be better remembered for the part he played in our understanding of our built environment. In this talk, John, who knew Betjeman personally, interweaves the development of English architecture with a potted biography of the man who made us look at our surroundings in a different way. From his middle-class upbringing, via Oxford and journalism, we learn about his unequal marriage, his conflicted beliefs and social climbing, to his attainment of the status of `national treasure`.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
John Vigar

Meet the Host, John

John has been a professional historian and speaker for over 40 years. For much of that time, John also taught at the University of Kent as well as for the WEA and Denman College. His specialist subject is ecclesiology – the study of church architecture and associated topics.

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!