The Georgian Group was founded in 1937 to save Georgian buildings, monuments, parks, and gardens from destruction or disfigurement. In the early days, in a wonderful demonstration of noblesse oblige, writer Nancy Mitford offered to chain herself, naked, to the railings of a threatened London terrace. They did not take her up on her offer. Since then they have successfully campaigned to stem the tide of demolitions without recourse to nudity. If you are fortunate enough to own a Georgian house, or are simply interested in Georgian architecture and history, this site is a wonderful resource.
ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSES TO THE VENETIAN ADRIATIC
Visit the finest Georgian properties, not usually open to the public, in the UK and abroad. The Georgian Group put on events throughout the year, from day trips to The Palace of Westminster, to week-long tours around country estates and along the Venetian Adriatic. There are lectures for the inquisitive and also some specifically for the conscientious Georgian home-owner, and in case this is not quite enough, there are also the occasional musical soirees and dinners to top up your social calendar.
PRACTICAL & INFORMATIVE
Grants are available for those looking to carry out sensitive restorations or maintenance on Georgian properties and architectural awards are given for the best completed projects. If you are looking to buy or sell a Georgian property, there is a link on the website for a a specialist online estate agency - GeorgianProperty.com. The Group offers a whole range of literature for purchase on the website, including issues of the magazine, The Georgian (which are free for members), books and guides for home-owners.
Most events are only open to members, so subscribe via the website (in the Support Us section) to make the most of the Georgian Group. Membership starts at £40 per person per year; or just £55 for two people for the year. For 30-year-olds and under, there is a seperate society called the Young Georgians which is just £20 a year, so don't let steep prices or the average age put you off! The Georgian Group is a charity so it does rely heavily on donations and memberships in order to ensure the upkeep and protection of Georgian architecture. Find out more about current cases and campaigns that the Georgian Group is involoved with and learn how you can help keep our Georgian heritage alive on the Georgian Group website or by following the Georgian Group blog.