The John Cornforth Memorial Lecture Series 2023

February 8th, 2023 @ 6:30pm GMT - April 19th, 2023 @ 8pm GMT

£10 - £40
Event Closed
About this event


The John Cornforth Memorial Lectures tell the story of the country house and its estate, as seen through the eyes of the private owner. Proudly presented in association with Christie’s and Carter Jonas, the lecture series celebrates John Cornforth’s invaluable contribution to architectural history. This year, the proceeds of the lectures will be donated to the Historic Houses Foundation.

John Cornforth (19372004) was one of the best known architectural historians of his day and a leading authority on the English country house. Author of numerous books and more than 800 articles in Country Life, where for many years he was Architectural Editor, he shared his time and knowledge with country house owners and the National Trust as well as encouraging and mentoring young curators and architectural historians. 



Wednesday 8 February 2023 - Robert Parker on Browsholme Hall (In Person and Online)

Tuesday 7 March 2023 - Lady Proby on Elton Hall (In Person and Online)

Wednesday 19 April 2023 - James and Claire Birch on Doddington Hall (In Person and Online)



Doors open: 6:30pm BST

Reception: 6:30pm  7pm BST

Lecture: 7pm  8pm BST



How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any queries about the lecture series then please contact:


What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds unless the lecture is cancelled in which case refunds will be issued or you may wish to leave your ticket as a donation to the Historic Houses Foundation, the charity chosen by the John Cornforth Memorial Trust to receive the proceeds from this year's lecture series. In the event of a lecture being cancelled or postponed, we will contact you directly.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, your name will be on a guest list on the evening and we look forward to seeing you then.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, please just make sure you have the lead guest's name when you check in on the evening.


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February 8th, 2023 @ 6:30pm GMT - April 19th, 2023 @ 8pm GMT
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