For reasons too tedious to go into here, I’ve decided not to renew my membership of The Johnson Society (Lichfield) next year; this year’s attendance at Johnson’s Birthday Celebrations – a special black-tie event this September, marking the Tercentenary – will be my goodbye to Johnsonian pleasures (though not a goodbye to Johnson, of course).
But this leaves me with a modest amount of cash to spend in support of another charitable Georgian organisation; I’m looking for something based in the UK that has a busy events schedule, and despite its distance from where I live, The Georgian Group, based in London, is coming up trumps at the moment – plenty of distinguished speakers, trips out, and use of the reference library and clubroom at 6 Fitzroy Square. Unfortunately I’m too old to join The Young Georgians (only by a few years mind!) but their spirited use of Facebook to keep abreast of forthcoming activities is a joy to behold.
If anyone knows of any worthwhile clubs, I’d be interested to hear about them.
Helena Modjeska as Marie Antoinette, 1899
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