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Lecturing with Cunard

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October 2012 - John Sherlock has undertaken two further on-board lecture engagements in the summar and autumn of 2012 - in addition to his spring tour of the Mediterranean (click here for detail)

In August, John was on board Cunard's Queen Victoria giving a series entitled "A brief history of Architecture".

In October, he extended the series under the same title and it was delivered aboard P&0's ship Adonia.

John's series uncovers the origins of European architecture, and links the classical styles and structures of ancient Greece and Rome to the famous neo-classical buildings found all over the Europe and the new world.

Here are some of the feedback comments received:

The visual aids were outstanding and John's handling of them was masterly.

The lectures were interesting and appropriate. The large audience following the first lecture suggests that others agree with this view !

I studied art history so was interested to see how John Sherlock could cover so much in a series of shortish lectures. I thought he did this extremely well, with a light touch, so the periods of architecture covered were always interesting and informative.

Commenting on the series, John says "The history of architecture is an aspirational subject - something that most people wish they knew more about, if only they had the time to learn. Indeed many people feel a slight (usually undisclosed) embarrassment that, on entering a great cathedral or palace, they are not able to read the rudimentary architectural language of the building. In fact the 'language of architecture' has a vocabulary that can be easily learnt. Once learnt, there is great satisfaction in recognising key elements (such as a Greek column or a Roman arch) and identifying how these elements have been integrated into building design across the centuries and across the continent."

It's a topic that links distant destinations with home-sweet-home. Cunard's destinations - especially in the Mediterranean - are rich with examples of fine historic architecture and the lectures will pick out iconic examples to illustrate key patterns and techniques. But the audience will find that theses same patterns are equally identifiable in the major historic buildings of the UK - be they cathedrals, country houses or public buildings. So the lectures will help people to trace the links by which architectural elements conceived by the ancient Greeks - centuries before Christ - have been copied, modified, enhanced, forgotten, revived and reworked to produce a Venetian church fašade, a Moorish palace in Spain, an English country house or a French cathedral.

John Sherlock is an unbridled enthusiast for his subject. His work with JDD specialises in heritage visitor destinations. He has completed in-depth projects for The National Trust, The Crown Estate and individual member houses of The Historic Houses Association. In each case, his work is focused on how the building and landscape can be better understood and 'read' by the visitor.