• Henley DFAS

Forthcoming lectures

Thursday 20th February 2020

Lecturer: Peter Medhurst


The Secret Mozart

Writing to his father on 28th December 1782, Mozart remarked of his latest batch of Piano Concerts – No. 11-14 – “[They] are just the medium between being too heavy and too light … here and there it is possible for the connoisseur alone to get satisfaction - but such – that the laymen can be contented without knowing why”.  

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Thursday 19th March 2020

Lecturer: Fenella Billington


The Great Twelve Revisited: London's Senior Livery Companies

Livery Companies originated when medieval merchants banded together to form guilds or fraternities.  The guilds were probably in existence before the Norman Conquest and were to be found, not only in London, but in cities in other parts of the country and in cities in Europe. 

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AGM Wednesday 1st April 2020

Lecturer: David Wright


A Brief Story of Wine

This should be very enjoyable! His lecture is full of rich evidence, going back 7,000 years, in the form of paintings, decorated drinking vessels,

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Thursday 16th April 2020

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 21st May 2020

Lecturer: Steven Desmond


The Odd Couple: The Gardens of Edwin Lutyens and 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 and a generation older than the young man.  

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Thursday 18th June 2020

Lecturer: Pamela Campbell-Johnston


The Art of 1935

Through this lecture audiences are transported back to this fabulous time and learn about this pivotal year.  From the Silver Jubilee celebrations for King George V and Queen Mary; the work of the celebrated portrait photographer, Cecil Beaton; to magazine and poster design and the fashions of the time.

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Thursday 17th September 2020

Lecturer: Shirley Smith


Man the Measure of All Things: The rise of portraiture in Renaissance Italy

We cannot imagine a world where the only faces we recognize are those with whom we have physically come into contact.  Yet that was the situation in Medieval Europe when, with power vested in the Church, the glorification of man was frowned upon. 

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Thursday 15th October 2020

Lecturer: Matthew Williams


Ghastly Good Taste: The Highs and Lows of British Interior Design 1880 - 1980

This lecture looks at the enormous changes in our homes over a hundred year period, encompassing aspects of household taste from Victorian clutter to the psychedelic ‘throw away’ furnishings of the 1970s. 

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Thursday 19th November 2020

Lecturer: Amy Orrock


Bruegel's Winter Scenes

One of the first artists to paint snow, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c1525-1569) is known today for wintery masterpieces, such as The Hunters in the Snow, The Census at Bethlehem and The Massacre of the Innocents.

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