Wednesday 26th October 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX
With English and History of Architecture Tutor John Hubbard
John Hubbard will explore our relationships with our houses and homes. While many animals seek refuge and shelter or create spaces and territories for rearing their young, humankind is unique in the variety and intricacy of the places it calls home. However, our homes are so familiar that we often take them for granted, and ignore the collections they house, which are often museums of the self and a map of our connections to the world. What we do with interior space is as significant as our movements in the wider, less controlled exterior.
John will consider the evolution of the concept of the private home and through the history of architecture, gardens, gender, and material culture, will explore the similarities that even the grandest and most humble of houses share, and reflect upon what these say about our concept of ourselves as a species and as individuals existing in a complex evolved society. The buildings considered will range from Kingston Lacy, Longleat, Wilton, and Stowe to local family homes in flats and houses.
John Hubbard has taught English and History of Architecture at Bournemouth School and Bournemouth School for Girls. He spent a sabbatical year researching the Bankes/Kingston Lacy archive at the Dorchester History Centre. He is a published poet and has given many interesting talks to Dorset Humanists over the years, including an enthusiastic exploration of Thomas Hardy’s ‘poetry of unbelief’.
“Join us for an enjoyable exploration of our relationships with both the grandest and most humble of our houses and homes”
Free entry (donations appreciated). Everyone welcome!
(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).
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