Walk Parkville with Kenneth Park No.2

Corner of The Avenue and Royal Parade 149 Royal Parade, Parkville

Enjoy a meandering walk - the second in our series - through the historic suburb of Parkville taking in its lovely architecture and along the way learn more about this early Melbourne suburb. This walk will follow Royal Parade towards the north (with one or two deviations) finishing up at Brunswick Road for coffee. Tickets: […]

Melbourne’s Art Deco & Modernist Architecture 1930 – 1970 presented by Robin Grow

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Join Robin Grow writer and lecturer as he talks on Melbourne’s Art Deco and Modernist Architecture 1930-70. Robin will describe (and show) how the architecture of Melbourne was transformed twice in the 20thC during Pre-war (WWII), when the city became a wonderful centre of Art Deco styling (the first truly international style) and in the […]

Walk Parkville with Kenneth Park No.2

Corner of The Avenue and Royal Parade 149 Royal Parade, Parkville

Enjoy a meandering walk - the second in our series - through the historic suburb of Parkville taking in its lovely architecture and along the way learn more about this early Melbourne suburb. This walk will follow Royal Parade towards the north (with one or two deviations) finishing up at Brunswick Road for coffee. Tickets: […]

Great Houses and Mansions of Russia No.2

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In this second of a series of illustrated lectures, we take a look at some of Russia's not so well known palaces and mansions (including those in former Russian territories) that are steeped in history, and of course, boast fantastic architecture and/or landscaped grounds the likes of the Kadriorg Palace (Tallinin, Estonia), Vorontsov Palace (Crimea), […]

A Trip to Trieste

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The Wall Street Journal described Trieste as "Italy’s Most Beautifully Haunting City". Trieste was one of the oldest parts of the Habsburg Monarchy, belonging to it for centuries until 1918. It was an important seaport. In post World War II years Trieste would be formally annexed by Italy. Trieste boasts a fascinating story and offers […]

USA Mansions of the Gilded Age

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The Gilded Age mansions of the USA were built during the period between 1870 and the early 1900s by the USA's industrial, financial and commercial elite who amassed great fortunes which made possible "palaces" decorated with antiquities, furniture, collectibles and works of art. They projected wealth and power were made for impressing, entertaining and receiving […]

Great Hotels of the World No.2

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Following on from the wonderful response to our fabulous journey around the globe taking in some of the world's finest hotels we will continue our series with more great hotels from across the globe. Once again hear stories and encounter famous guests. This lecture is a visual tour de force! This lecture is being presented […]

The World On Show – The Rise Of The World Fair

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Most people have heard of 'first World Expo' was held in The Crystal Palace in London in 1851, under the title "Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations". The Great Exhibition, as it is often called, was an idea of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, and is usually considered to be the […]

Tale Of Two Cities – Marsielle & Toulouse

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Marseille located on the Mediterranean Sea and founded around 600 BC by Greek settlers is one of Europe's oldest continuously inhabited settlements. It offers up a fascinating history as well as magnificent cityscape with fine buildings and monuments. Toulouse was founded by the Romans and today is the centre of the European aerospace industry (is […]

Peter The Great

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Peter the Great ruled the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire from 1682 until his death in 1725, jointly ruling before 1696 with his elder half-brother, Ivan V. He was a fine military leader and founder of the Imperial Russian Navy. His empire grew in size and Russia would become a major European […]