The Architecture of the British Raj

Anthony Peers

18th May 2022



This lecture showcases the very best of British colonial architecture in India. Starting with East India Company era churches and mausolea of the mid-17th century, we travel round the country, giving centre stage to the most impressive and unusual buildings of Madras (Chennai), Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta), the military cantonments and hill stations. This whistle-stop tour is completed with a brief look at the grandest of imperial buildings: William Emmerson’s Victoria Memorial in Calcutta and Edwin Lutyens’s Viceroy’s House, New Delhi. Finally, Anthony will discuss efforts to preserve some of these remarkable buildings.


Anthony is a historian who lectures, writes and advises on conserving historic buildings, with a particular interest in British colonial architecture. In the mid-1990s he set up and ran a UNESCO award-winning conservation project in Mumbai, a scheme which involved the restoration of the city’s magnificent, mid-Victorian University buildings, designed by George Gilbert Scott. Anthony is Deputy Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; he lectures at Cambridge University and throughout the UK on architectural subjects.