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Forthcoming lectures

An Artist’s Best Friend: The Dog in Art Thursday 15th September at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Alexandra Epps


An Artist’s Best Friend: The Dog in Art
Dogs are man’s most loyal friend. They are often used in art, as in life, to project our ambitions and anxieties. From the poignancy of Landseer, Queen Victoria’s favourite animal painter; to the dachshunds of Bonnard and Picasso; the xolos of Kahlo; the whippets of Freud and many more, explore how dogs have provided inspiration, solace and companionship throughout artistic lives. 
 
 
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River Thames: Theatre of Pageantry and Pleasure Thursday 20th October at Phyllis Court 10.45am repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Joanna Mabbutt


River Thames: Theatre of Pageantry and Pleasure
London’s grandest thoroughfare for centuries, the Thames has hosted royal weddings and state funerals, fireworks and pyrotechnics, music and masques, coronations and Lord Mayors’ pageants, processions and civic festivities. Teaming with life and busy with shipping, the City’s life-blood has also been the playground of both royalty and the common man.
 
 
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The Art of the Cartoonist Venue: To be announced Wednesday 9th November AGM at 10.30am followed by lecture (morning lecture only)

Lecturer: Harry Venning


The Art of the Cartoonist
Harry Venning has been a professional cartoonist for thirty years, during which time he has provided cartoons for several high profile UK publications (The GuardianRadio Times) as well as for countless more obscure titles (British Journal Of Wound Care).
 
 
He was awarded UK Strip Cartoonist Of The Year for his Guardian strip Clare In The Community, which he adapted into a Radio 4 sitcom.
 
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Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5 1st December 2022 Venue to be announced. 10.45am, repeated at 2.15pm

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett


Christmas in Bach’s Leipzig: The Christmas Oratorio of 1734/5
Sandy Burnett’s close relationship with Bach’s music stretches back for decades; between 1997 and 2010 he directed a complete cycle of Bach’s sacred cantatas in West London.
 
Bach Haussmann
In this illustrated talk he explores how Bach brings the Christmas story alive in his Weihnachtsoratorium or Christmas Oratorio, written for Lutheran congregations in 1730s Leipzig.
 
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William Bankes: The Exiled Collector and the Man behind the Creation of the English Country House Thursday 19th January 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Anne Sebba


William Bankes: The Exiled Collector and the Man behind the Creation of the English Country House
 
 
William Bankes was a 19th century collector of ancient Egyptian artefacts and Spanish paintings intended for his ancestral home in Dorset, Kingston Lacy.
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Favourite Paintings: Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts - in the Context of the Image of Black People in Art Thursday 16th February 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Leslie Primo


Favourite Paintings: Masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts - in the Context of the Image of Black People in Art
This lecture will explore my personal favourite paintings from the rich and varied collection of paintings that make up The Barber Institute of Fine Arts Collection.
 
 
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The History and Art of the Catacombs of Rome and their Rediscovery during the Reformation Thursday 16th March 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Dr Geri Parlby


The History and Art of the Catacombs of Rome and their Rediscovery during the Reformation
This topic covers the origins of the Catacombs of Rome and the extraordinarily varied art that adorns them.
 
 
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From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery and Fashion from 1890 to 1929 Thursday 20th April 2023

Lecturer: Andrew Prince


From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery and Fashion from 1890 to 1929
For the series and film Downton Abbey, Andrew was commissioned to make many jewels for the main characters and this inspired him to create a talk based on this unique period.
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‘How daintily this Byrd his notes doth vary’: The Life and Music of William Byrd (1543-1623) Thursday 18th May 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Peter Medhurst


‘How daintily this Byrd his notes doth vary’: The Life and Music of William Byrd (1543-1623)
2023 marks 400 years since the death of the great English composer, William Byrd, whose music is a marvellous blend of technical skill and emotional intensity (head and heart). 
 
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Secret Art in the Passport - How We Use it to Fox the Forger 15th June 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Martin Lloyd


Secret Art in the Passport - How We Use it to Fox the Forger
From the wax seal to the microchip, man has exploited the skill of the artist and artisan in his attempt to manufacture a forgery-proof document.
 
 
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Coffee - From Arabia to the Coffee House, The Art and History of Coffee Drinking 21st September 2023 10.45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Chris Bradley


Coffee - From Arabia to the Coffee House, The Art and History of Coffee Drinking
Long before cappuccinos and skinny lattes, all the world’s coffee traded through the tiny port of Mokha in Yemen.
Ethiopia is the traditional home of coffee
 
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The Art of Atonement: How Germany Commemorates WW2 19th October 2023 at 45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Angela Findlay


The Art of Atonement: How Germany Commemorates WW2
In the context of our World War centenaries, anniversaries and the current debate about statues and monuments, the subject of this talk is hugely relevant. In this country, relatively little is known about Germany’s complex post-WW2 process of ‘coming to terms with’ the atrocities of its recent past and the counter memorial movement that started in the eighties and continues to this day.
 
 
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With a Little Help from their Friends : The Beatles and their Artists Wednesday 8th November 2023 at 10.30am. Annual General Meeting followed by the lecture. Please note morning only.

Lecturer: Barry Venning


With a Little Help from their Friends : The Beatles and their Artists
This is a journey through the 60s in music and images, following the Beatles from the Hamburg Reeperbahn in 1960 to Abbey Road in 1969.
The Beatles in Hotorgscity, Sweden, in 1963
 
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Dickens and Christmas: Dickens was the first novelist to use the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ Thursday 7th December 2023. Our Christmas lecture

Lecturer: Jane Tapley


Dickens and Christmas: Dickens was the first novelist to use the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’
A Christmas version of his life and times.