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Dating from the time of the Romans, centuries of change culminated in the complete transformation undertaken in the 1870s by coal baron, the Marquess of Bute, and his eccentric genius architect William Burges. William 'Billy' Burges was short, fat, and bad-tempered. He was also a genius who created some of the most extraordinary buildings of the 19th century. Completely immersed in the world of the Middle Ages, he designed churches, castles, bridges, interiors, furniture, textiles, metalwork and jewelry for his few equally individual clients. With Bute's extraordinary wealth and his permission to reimagine the castle without a set budget, Burges created a 'Feudal extravaganza' in 15 highly imaginative interiors, including an Arab room, a Pompeian roof garden, and rooms with an astrological theme. Matthew Williams examines this wonderful building and the personalities of those involved.

Matthew Williams trained as an art and architectural historian, with a degree in Art History from The University of Nottingham. His post-graduate qualification in Art Gallery and Museum Studies was awarded by The University of Manchester. Williams was appointed as Keeper of Collections of Cardiff Castle in 1990, and became Curator in 1998. A recognized expert on the work of the Gothic revival architect William Burges, he lectures widely on the subject of Victorian design. Matthew has written two guide books to Cardiff Castle, as well as a Pitkin guide on William Burges.

Mr. Williams' Victoria, BC appearance is supported by funding from Craigdarroch Castle, Historic Seattle, and the Royal Oak Foundation, the American partner of the British National Trust.

Admission by donation and reservations are required as seating is limited. Please call 250.592.5323 or email to reserve now.

Doors open at 6:45 and the presentation is being held in the dance hall on the fourth floor. There are 87 stairs and no ramps or elevators