• Henley DFAS

Forthcoming lectures

Thursday 17th December 2020 Online at 10.30am and 2.30pm

Lecturer: David Wright


A Brief Story of Wine

This lecture should be very enjoyable!

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Thursday 21st January 2021 Online at 10.30am and 2.30pm

Lecturer: Steven Desmond


The Odd Couple: The Gardens of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll

 

Hestercombe House and Gardens, Somerset, designed by Edward Lutyens, created by Gertrude Jekyll

In the spring of 1889 the young Edwin Lutyens, later to become the most famous British architect of the 20th century, met the artist-gardener-craftswoman Gertrude Jekyll for the first time at an afternoon tea party in rural Surrey. She was a well-known eccentric, of whom her parents had despaired, and a generation older than the young man who communicated with the world through drawings and elaborate jokes.  Lutyens found in the daunting Miss Jekyll someone who empathised with his big ideas regarding design, detailing and distinctiveness.  She opened social doors to him, and he brought her experiments in garden making onto the national stage. 

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Thursday 18th February 2021 at 10.45am and 2.15pm or online at 10.30am if necessary

Lecturer: Mark Cottle


A Photographic Odyssey: Shackleton's Endurance Expedition Captured on Camera

 

During Ernest Shackleton's third Antarctic expedition in 1914, his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and eventually crushed in the pack ice.  After camping for five months on the ice, Shackleton's men rowed to the remote Elephant Island.  From there, Shackleton sailed for help to South Georgia over 800 miles away. Over three months later he returned to rescue the crew of the Endurance.

                                      Elephant Island                                                                                      South Georgia

                                                                        photographed by Frank Hurley

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Thursday 18th March 2021 Online at 10.30am and 2.30pm

Lecturer: Fenella Bazin


The Bayeux Tapestry

Although the images of the Bayeux Tapestry are so familiar, the stories behind the work are much less known. The account of the Battle of Hastings is only a small part of this extraordinary work.

Thursday 15th April 2021 Online at 10.30am and 2.30pm

Lecturer: Jo Walton


'So! They Do Cook After All! Ravilious, Bawden and the Great Bardfield Artists

 

In 1932 the artist Edward Bawden and his wife Charlotte moved into Brick House in the Essex village of Great Bardfield, initially sharing the house with another artistic couple, Eric Ravilious and Tirzah Garwood. 

 

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Thursday 20th May 2021 Online at 10.30am and 2.30pm

Lecturer: Peter Medhurst


The Genius of Beethoven

Famously, every morning of his adult life, Beethoven measured out eactly 60 coffee beans for his breakfast.  A man who is capable of such discipline over a cup of tea can surely apply that exactnes

Thursday 17th June 2021 at 10.45am and 2.15pm or online t 10.30am if necessary.

Lecturer: Pamela Campbell-Johnston


The Art of 1935

Can a single year adequately encapsulate an artistic environment in British art history?

Thursday 15th July 2021 at 10.45am and 2.15pm or online at 10.30am if necessary

Lecturer: Dr Geri Parlby


Shock! Horror! Probe! The Art and Artifice of Fleet Street: A Newspaper Story in Pictures

Since the end of the 15th century, when Wynkyn de Worde set up England's first printing press and after 1702, when the first newspaper, the Daily Courant, moved in, the term "Fleet Street" has been

Thursday 16th September 2021 at 10.45am and 2.15pm or online at 10.30am if necessary

Lecturer: Ian Keable


The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in the Eighteenth Century

The 1700s was a period when the people of England seemed to be especially gullible. They believed a woman could give birth to rabbits; a man could climb inside a two pint bottle and sing inside it;

Thursday 21st October 2021 at 10.45am and 2.15pm or online at 10.30am if necessary

Lecturer: Colin Pink


Gustav Klimt and Fin de Siecle Vienna Society

 

Thursday 3rd November 2021, Post AGM Lecture AGM starts at 10.30am Lecture for all members starts at 11.00am (no afternoon lecture)

Lecturer: Rosamund Bartlett


Psychology of a City: The Architecture of St Petersburg

St. Petersburg’s dignity and grandeur is everywhere apparent.

Thursday 18th November 2021 at 10.45am and 2.15pm or online at 10.30am if necessary

Lecturer: Anne Sebba


The Story of the Cook Sisters and How They Used Opera to Save Lives