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Programme 2017 – 2018

October 5, 2017

Up the Nile with Amelia: a Victorian voyage

Amelia Edwards, writer, artist, musician and collector, in 1873, travelled the length of Egypt recording impressions of all she saw. Using extracts from her book and watercolour illustrations by her contemporaries, we will follow her remarkable journey.

Mr Clive Barham Carter MA

November 2, 2017

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Sienese Master Painter

Through his astonishing virtuoso technique and original blending of the latest Byzantine and French Gothic artistic styles, Duccio di Buoninsegna introduced a new sensibility into Sienese panel painting between 1278 and 1319.

Dr. Janet Robson BA, MA,PhD

December 7, 2017

Betty Joel: glamour and innovation in 1930s design

Betty Joel ran a furniture making and design business and without formal training, but having a flair for branding and marketing, she created the leading furnishing company in London during the 1920s and 1930s. Her distinguished clients included royalty, film companies, theatres and many famous hotels.

Mr Clive Stewart Lockhart

January 4, 2018

Palladio: his work and influence on European Architecture

The Italian architect, Andrea Palladio, was born in Padua in 1508. His work was based on the symmetry, perspective and values of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Palladianism became popular during the mid 17th century but its flowering was cut short by the onset of the Civil War and the austerity which followed.

Dr Tom Duncan

February 1, 2018

Foreigners in London 1520-1677: Artists that changed the course of British Art

A lecture which explores how refugees and travellers from across Europe and Asia brought new skills and talents which both affected and changed the development of art in Britain.

Mr Leslie Primo BA, MA


March 1, 2018

Women behind the Lens

The work of women photographers has often been neglected. This lecture examines the contribution of three outstanding British practitioners: Julia Margaret Cameron, a Victorian pioneer, Jane Brown, a brilliant portraitist and Fay Godwin, who excelled in landscape photography. This lecture will also explore the work of Annie Liebovitz and Dorothea Lange.

Mr Brian Stater BA, MSc

April 5, 2018

A Photographic Odyssey: Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition 1914-1916

Frank Hurley’s photographs are a visual narrative, captured with great artistry, of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914-16 expedition to Antarctica and the epic story of survival which followed the loss of the Endurance.

Mr Mark Cottle BA, MA

May 3, 2018

Legend and Lustre: Jim Thompson and Thai Silk

Jim Thompson arrived in Bangkok as a US Army officer in 1945. Captivated by the beauty of the country and seeing an ancient craft in decline, he set about restoring the silk industry.   This lecture tells the story of the intricate process of silk production and the illustrious heritage of Thai silk.

Ms Denise Heywood BA (Hons) FRGS

June 7, 2018

The Royal Academy 1768-2018

By charting its illustrious history from 1768 through intriguing images and important archival photographs, whilst considering its place in Britain’s rich artistic heritage, we can mark this significant 250th anniversary and consider its future with much excitement and anticipation.

Mrs Pamela Campbell Johnston MA

July 5, 2018

‘Sweet Swan of Avon’: William Shakespeare and his turbulent world

Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, his words still have the power to thrill, to move, to uplift the soul. This lecture explores what is known about his life in Elizabethan/Jacobean England and looks at the development of English Renaissance theatre.

Mrs Elizabeth Merry BA (Hons) MA, PGCE

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