John E. Vigar MA, FSA Scot., FRSA

Lectures

John lectured for the University of Kent from 1992 to 2010, teaching a variety of architectural and social history studies, and has worked on a sessional basis for many other academic institutions. He has been a regular tutor at Denman (the national college of the Women’s Institute near Oxford) for over 35 years. An enthusiastic and popular approach to his subject ensures that he has a large following of regular students.

In addition to his contracted lectures John is a popular speaker at meetings of many different groups including The Arts Society ( NADFAS), the National Trust, and historical societies country-wide.

His lecture tours to public Libraries and Colleges in Germany where he speaks on English literature and its links with topographical history are well received.

His current portfolio of lectures includes:

  • Bedrooms, Banquets and Balls – the history of the English Country House
  • Leave no stone unturned – the lives and burial places of the famous and infamous.
  • Britain with Betjeman – English architecture as seen through the eyes of our Poet Laureate. [More…]
  • Kent Churches – an in-depth study of 1500 years of religious heritage. [More…]
  • Sussex Churches – a huge variety of ecclesiastical architecture in Downland Country. [More…]
  • Curious Kent – follies and unusual stories from the Garden of England.
  • Treasures in Norfolk Churches.
  • The Church’s Restoration – How our old churches were rebuilt in the nineteenth century
  • Churches in Retirement – The work of the Churches Conservation Trust and the Friends of Friendless Churches [More…]
  • Murder, Sex and Mayhem in English Churches [More…]
  • For Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals – our Christian rites of passage as displayed in Anglican churches
  • Crenels and Merlons – a thousand years of buildings with battlements
  • Superior Seats – the remarkable story of seating in churches.

Details of fees and availability on request.

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Latest Blogs from John

Monday 9th December promised fine weather, so I had arranged to meet my friend Gary from Lincoln and to go on a churchcrawl to 12 churches. We met at Horncastle, a lovely little town with a stately, though Victorianised, church.Our first target was L...
This week marks the 316th anniversary of one of the worst storms recorded in England. About a third of our naval ships were lost at sea whilst on land destruction was on a huge scale. In London alone 2000 chimneystacks collapsed with great loss of li...
If you would like to spend more time with John Vigar why not consider a short course at Denman College near Abingdon, Oxfordshire? Courses are open to all and accommodation is in ensuite rooms. Here are courses for 2020.An armchair guide to English P...
As I write this post the timbers are still smouldering at Wimbotsham church in west Norfolk. This is the most recent of what seems to have been a rash of fires in medieval churches. Wimbotsham church is essentially Norman in date with fine Roman...

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