This year’s speaker will be Dr David Robinson FSA, an architectural historian with a particular interest in the buildings of the Middle Ages and in the people connected with these iconic structures. Robinson has published many books and articles on the built heritage of Wales including the latest guidebook to Tretower Court and Castle in Breconshire for Cadw. Throughout his career, David has demonstrated a passionate commitment to conveying his enthusiasm for buildings and monuments of all periods to as wide an audience as possible and we are, therefore, delighted that he has agreed to give the 24th Sir John Lloyd Memorial Lecture.
Robinson’s lecture, entitled ‘A Pretty Castle and a Fair Place’: Tretower Court and Castle, will provide a comprehensive overview of the history and standing of the site, which is very significant to our own Society’s history. In 1929, the Brecknock Society made a successful appeal for the government to purchase the neglected and deteriorating building. In the 1930s it was thereby saved and restored for the nation, and is now in the care of Cadw, Welsh Historic Monuments.