Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica

Our events

To stimulate an appreciation of Jamaica’s heritage, we hold several talks a year on topics of interest to our members and guests. We also hold regular social events, and occasional tours to visit Jamaica’s historic buildings.

Past events

Talk: The Pennant plantations in Jamaica – North Wales in the Georgian Atlantic world

13 March 2018 , London

North Wales’s part in the story of the 18th century Caribbean is typically ignored or considered peripheral at best. In this talk, however, we will discover that not only was rural Wales integral to the Atlantic world through its natural resources of iron, copper and wool, but that its entrepreneurs were major players in driving colonial expansion. Richard Pennant, 1st Lord Penrhyn, was one such figure and the talk will focus on him and his Jamaican estates.


Lady Nugent's Supper 2017

23 November 2017 , London

Lady Nugent's Breakfast will once again be Lady Nugent's Supper. It is a sit-down affair, so pre-booking is essential.


Architecture and Empire in Jamaica

13 June 2017 , London

Louis Nelson is Professor of Architectural History and the Associate Dean in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean, and Jamaica in particular.  His talk will be based on his recently published book 'Architecture and Empire in Jamaica'. Pre-booking by 5th June is essential. Click on 'more' for booking form.


Oxford Outing

20 May 2017 , Oxford

Tour of Oxford University's Bodleian Library with special display of historic documents relating to Jamaica



14 March 2017 , London

Dr John Cross will give us an insight into the 19th century appreciation and use of Jamaica’s beautiful natural resources and will refer to Turnbull’s use of apprentices in the post-slavery 1834-1838 period. Pre-booking by 6 March is essential. Click on 'more' to see booking form.



Members have made five tours of Jamaica, visiting Georgian structures across the island. Our architectural consultant, Douglas Blain, and other local experts have provided insights into the history of the buildings and areas visited.
Read an account of one such tour.

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Architecture in Jamaica


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St Mark's Church, Rio Bueno


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