Splendour by The Georgian Group

Last week we visited ‘Splendour’, a fabulous exhibition by The Georgian Group, which celebrated 80 years of their conservation work.

The Georgian Group began in 1937 as part of the Society for the Protection Against Ancient Buildings. They have since campaigned for the preservation of historic building and planned landscapes of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Since 1971 the group has acted as statutory consultees in the planning process in England and Wales for proposals to alter or demolish listed buildings dated from 1700 to 1840.

Held at its Fitzroy Square townhouse headquarters, the exhibition brought together an eclectic selection of traditional Georgian crafts which are still be practiced today. There were some beautiful objects on display including silk wallpapers, wonderfully decorated chandeliers including a shell chandelier and carved stone sculptures.

We loved that many of the demonstrations were being practised and taught by recent graduates, re-affirming that traditional techniques tare still very much alive and thriving. We visited during a curator's reception and enjoyed talks from the team.

Highlights also included a stone and wood carving demonstration from recent graduates from City and Guilds of London Art school and a salon discussion ‘What have the Georgians ever done for us?’