I am always pleased to discuss suggestions for lectures on new or related topics within my areas of specialism. Please feel free to contact me by email: adrianbarlow16@btinternet.com

A selection of my recent and forthcoming lectures

Ruskin and Venice (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts, Cheltenham, April 2014)

Espying Heaven: George Herbert and Stained Glass  (George Herbert Festival, Salisbury 2014)

‘If Armageddon’s on...’ British Writers and the outbreak of the First World War (Lecture tour in Germany for the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft: Essen, Munster, Bonn, Dusseldorf, May 2014)

Memorialising the Great War: British and German war memorials (Lecture tour in Germany for the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft: Bielefeld, Schwerin and Berlin May 2014)

Rethinking War Poetry (English Language Schools Association, Teacher Development Day, Paris, March 2014)

First World War Letters and Journals as Literature (Joint English and Historical Associations conference, British Library, March 2014)

The Impact of the War Poets, (Oxford University Spring School, April 2014)

Charles Lamb and Cambridge: Cambridge and Charles Lamb (Charles Lamb Society, London, April 2015)

Cheltenham: the Architecture of a Victorian Town (Cheltenham Local History Society, February 2015)

‘Still Small Voice’: Stained Glass in Cheltenham (Friends of the Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, February 2015)


I also give lectures, lead study days and participate in seminars on the following subjects:


  1. The importance of literature / literature in contemporary society

  2. The teaching of poetry

  3. The literature of the Great War

  4. Contemporary fiction

  5. The history of English teaching in British and international education

  6. Individual periods and writers (among others, Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, Edward Thomas, the Dymock Poets, TS Eliot, EM Forster, John Betjeman, Seamus Heaney)

  7. Cambridge writers and Cambridge writing

Architecture and stained glass

  1. Architecture in Oxford and Cambridge

  2. Church architecture and ecclesiology

  3. War memorials

  4. Stained glass (general)

  5. How to read stained glass

  6. Victorian and modern glass

  7. Ruskin and Venice

  8. Willliam Morris

  9. George Frederick Bodley

  10. John Betjeman and architecture

  11. The work and legacy of Charles Eamer Kempe

  12. The stained glass of Tom Denny