Anthony Peers: The Architecture of the British Raj is remarkable: Let’s celebrate it

Monday 4 March 2019

This lecture starts with an examination of evolving attitudes in India (as well as in the UK) towards the British Empire, and towards the buildings which survive as testament to its achievements. 

A whistle stop tour is then made of the very best colonial buildings in Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi and elsewhere. 

In the final third of the lecture I focus in on Bombay. Bombay’s economic boom of the 1860s coincided with the high point of the Gothic Revival:  Nowhere else in the world can claim to have as magnificent an assemblage of Gothic Revival buildings.