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London Lecture Afternoon - at One Great George Street

An afternoon of six lectures followed by a drinks reception at One Great George Street.

A wide range of topics from Brunel as an architect to how music changes minds, and from early American portraiture to Virgil’s ‘Troy in miniature’ in Albania.

Lecturers include: Carolyn Perry, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn Jones, Stephen Johnson, Mary Lynn Riley, Dr Steven Brindle, Anthony Peers.

Combine with an optional walk and lunch to precede our London Lecture Afternoon: Around St James’s

23 Nov 2019 £75 Book this tour

  • One Great George Street, Westminster, London.
    One Great George Street, Westminster, London.
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Join us for an afternoon of six lectures followed by a drinks reception on Saturday, 23rd November 2019 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA.

From Brunel as an architect to how music changes minds, and from early American portraiture to Virgil’s ‘Troy in miniature’ in Albania, the 2019 London lecture afternoon promises a broad range of talks from MRT’s distinguished pool of speakers.

This year’s venue is One Great George Street, a magnificent Edwardian building and home of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Our talks are held in the Telford Theatre with drinks in the Great Hall, one of the finest halls in London.

The talks

Stephen JohnsonHow Music Changes Minds.

Mary Lynn Riley – 'Tis the gift to be simple: Early American Portraiture.

Professor Lloyd Llewellyn Jones – Shahnameh: Persian past and Iranian present in the Epic of Kings.

Carolyn Perry – Butrint: Albania’s archaeological gem and Virgil’s ‘Troy in miniature’.

Dr Steven BrindleBrunel as an Architect.

Anthony Peers –  Indian colonial architecture.


Optional walk & lunch to precede our Lecture Afternoon

Around St James’s – a London morning

Lecturer: Martin Randall
Price: £95. This includes morning refreshments and lunch.

If it were necessary to identify the centre of the centre of London, a convincing candidate would be St James’s Park. Several royal palaces have abutted the perimeter over the last five hundred years – three still do – and for a millennium the government of England was increasingly based in Westminster Palace and Whitehall, which are only a stone’s throw away.

Yet it was marshy wasteland when Henry VIII bought the park as part of a great hunting forest, and the late 17th-century predecessor to Buckingham Palace was effectively a country house. It was not until the nineteenth century that there was any significant building further west.

In terms of urban planning, the park is fascinating: no front door faces it. Perhaps the finest Picturesque park of the Romantic era, the green space itself is beautifully designed and planted. This morning walk explores the development of the area and the surrounding architecture. 

London Lecture Afternoon


The first lecture begins at 2.00pm, with the drinks reception commencing at 5.30pm.


The event ends between 7pm and 7.30pm.


Optional walk & lunch to precede our Lecture Afternoon

Around St James’s – a London morning


9.30am St James’s Park Underground Station.


Close to and shortly before the commencement of the lecture afternoon.

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Dr Steven Brindle

Read History at Oxford and worked for English Heritage for 27 years. He was also involved in the post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle, 1993–7. Publications include Brunel, the Man who built the World. His history of Windsor Castle for the Royal Collection is due to be published next year. Twitter: @StevenPBrindle

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Stephen Johnson

Writer, broadcaster and composer Stephen Johnson is the author of books on Beethoven, Bruckner, Wagner and Mahler. For 14 years he presented BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music. His orchestral work Behemoth Dances was premiered in 2016 by the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and his Clarinet Quintet Angel's Arc had its first performance in January 2019 His book about music and mental health, How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, was published in May 2018. His book about Mahler's Eighth Symphony, Symphony of a Thousand, is due to be published in 2020. Twitter: @BehemothMusic | Website:

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Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Chair of Ancient History at the University of Cardiff and specialist in the histories and cultures of ancient Iran, the Near East and the Classical World as well as being an expert on the history of court societies and of world monarchies – (he is currently writing a new book on the Stuart monarchs of England). His many publications include Creating a Hellenistic World, King & Court in Ancient Persia, Designs on the Past, Sister-Queens in the High Hellenistic Period, and The Culture of Animals in Antiquity. He has contributed to several TV documentaries and is a regular reviewer for The Times and Times Higher Education. Instagram: @lloydllewellynjones

Anthony Peers

Educated as an architectural historian and trained in building conservation, Anthony works as a consultant providing guidance to those planning the repair, alteration and extension of historic buildings. He has worked with English Heritage’s Listing Division and then with the DTI in Mumbai, where he set up and ran a UNESCO award-winning project to repair George Gilbert Scott’s University buildings whilst training local architects and craftsmen in traditional repair techniques and conservation philosophy. His history reports and conservation guidance has served to inform works at sites such as The Workhouse, Southwell; Aston Hall, Birmingham; The Royal Institution, London; Winchester Cathedral and Birmingham Town Hall. Website:

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Carolyn Perry

Lecturer and museum consultant. Taught Ancient History and Mythology in the Department of Mediterranean Studies at Queen Mary College, University of London and has excavated in Italy. Established the Arab World Education Programme at the British Museum. She is also Chair of The British Foundation for the Study of Arabia. Twitter: @CarolynPPerry | Instagram: @caropperry | Website:

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Mary Lynn Riley

Resident on the Côte d’Azur and a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century modern and contemporary art. She designs and teaches art courses and art appreciation workshops for adults at the Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet and lectures at other area museums. She completed her Master of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA and previously worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.


£75 per person. This includes a tea break and drinks and canapé reception. 



We will return the full amount if you notify us 22 or more days before the event. We will retain 50% if cancellation is made within three weeks and 100% if within three days. Please put your cancellation in writing to We advise taking out insurance in case of cancellation and recommend that overseas clients are also covered for possible medical and repatriation costs.

Tour combinations

Combine with our London Days; The Genius of Titian, 21 November 2019 and Ancient Egypt at the British Museum, 22 November 2019.



Optional walk & lunch to precede our Lecture Afternoon

Around St James's – a London morning


£95 per person. This includes morning refreshments and lunch. 

Group size

Maximum 18 participants.


Apart from the refreshment break, the morning is spent entirely on foot.

Map: London Days.

'A splendidly varied and interesting programme of speakers.'

'Very good mix of speakers and subjects - makes one want to know more.'

'Martin Randall Travel deserves the accolades they receive as the staff are always professional and dedicated.'

'Mary Lynn Riley was interesting, engaging and so very knowledgeable.'

'Stephen Johnson was amazing; very easy to listen to and made you think about the music in ways you would never consider.'