Were they, weren’t they? Seely and Paget: architects and partners

Seely & Paget worked on some of our most famous buildings, but their relationship often gains more attention. Delve into their work and relationship as Dr Forsaith explores ‘Were They, Weren’t They?’.

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The firm of Seely and Paget were the architects for Westminster College’s new buildings at Oxford, now the OBU Harcourt Hill campus, where the lecture will be held. They have been written about as amateurs who weren’t really serious architects; also as a gay couple. This lecture will look at both themes and assess whether or not these are justifiable.
Following the lecture there will be a guided tour of the campus, pointing out key features.

Dr Forsaith has spent most of the first 30 years of his working life in catering (institutional food service). He has since published on the portraiture of John Wesley, and been researching 18th-20th century social history, including that of Westminster College, for the past 25 years. He has been involved with advising on listed churches for nearly 30 years.


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Main Lecture Theatre (B.101), Harcourt Hill Campus , Harcourt Hill

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