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Architectural History of the Saxon Churches (With Arts National)

Hosted by the Consul of the Sydney Beach Culture Group
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Wed 10 Apr 18:00 - 19:00

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‘I WILL LIFT MINE EYES’ – THE CATHEDRALS, ABBEYS AND MINSTERS OF ENGLAND AND WALES, THEIR ORIGINS AND JOURNEY THROUGH A THOUSAND YEARS OF BRITISH HISTORY

Presented by John Swainston
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In this talk, John lays out the history of Saxon churches, the Norman invasion and the start of one of the most prolific building periods of structures of scale previously unknown in Britain. John’s photographs explore the extraordinary technological feats of the Masons and other artisans who solved a myriad of construction challenges, despite initial tower collapses, lightning strikes, fires and other objects in the path of completing these remarkable buildings. The presentation concludes with an enveloping audio-visual experience of images of all of Britan’s Anglican cathedrals, accompanied by sacred music.

British born, John Swainston migrated with his family to Sydney over 50 years ago. He has spent 50 years in the Australian and international photographic industries, including 24 years as Managing Director of Maxwell Optical Industries, the distributor of Nikon photographic equipment. In Protected content 2019, he was president of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, of which he was made an Honorary Fellow in Protected content . John has been a broadcaster, writer and international speaker. John’s book, I will lift up mine eyes, is due to be published in Protected content .