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Past lectures

The Mayan Civilisation of Central America Thursday 15th September at Phyllis Court 10.45am and 2.15pm

Lecturer: Dr Duncan Pring


The Mayan Civilisation of Central America
Whilst a great deal is known to many about the Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilisations, the great ancient civilisations of the New World (The Maya, the Aztecs and the Incas) are much less well known. This lecture's focus is on the Maya, arguably the greatest of the three.
 
A Late Classic Maya Vase from Nebaj in Guatemala
 
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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: The Kenton Theatre, Henley 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 at The Henley Rugby Club 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 at The Henley Rugby Club

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 at The Henley Rugby Club

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 at The Henley Rugby Club

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 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

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 at the Henley Rugby Club

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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The 'Incomparable' Empress Josephine 15th June 2023 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Stephen Duffy


The 'Incomparable' Empress Josephine
Coffee - From Arabia to the Coffee House, The Art and History of Coffee Drinking 21st September 2023 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: Christopher 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 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

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. At Henley Rugby Club

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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Wednesday 8th November at 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

Lecturer: John Benjamin


President's Welcome Talk: Carl Fabergé
Following the Annual General Meeting and lunch there will be a special ‘President’s Welcome Talk’. John Benjamin will start his Presidency with a talk on Carl Fabergé. The talk will start at 2.15pm and is open to all TASH members. Again, this talk will be held in the main (larger) room in the Rugby Club.
 
 
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Dickens and Christmas: Dickens was the first novelist to use the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ Thursday 7th December 2023. Our Christmas lectures at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Henley Rugby Club

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. Dickens was often referred to as Jolly Old Christmas because of his highly popular short stories especially written for the festive season.
 
A Summary of 'A Christmas Carol'
 
He was also the first novelist to use the words Merry Christmas thus starting a trend that is still popular today.
 
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Caravaggio Painter Extraordinaire, a Flawed Genius and… a murderer! How I became a Caravaggisti 18th January 2024. 10.45am and 2.15pm. Simultaneous transmission a.m. only

Lecturer: Keith Bonser


Caravaggio Painter Extraordinaire, a Flawed Genius and… a murderer! How I became a Caravaggisti
 
 
Keith Bonser's presentation is a very personal account of how Caravaggio came into his life. This journey embraces the story of Caravaggio's life and paintings, and epitomises the ability of Art to inspire anyone.
 
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Theatre Illusions 15th February 2024 10.45am and 2.15pm. Simultaneous transmission a.m. only

Lecturer: Simon Rees


Theatre Illusions
Theatre has always been known for its capacity for creating illusion and suspending disbelief. Simon Rees draws on centuries of disguises, masks, make-up, ingenious apparatuses, trick trapdoors, smoke, mirrors and bungee-jumping Rhinemaidens, bringing his entertaining account of theatre illusion up to the present day.
 
 

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Exploring Bach's St Matthew Passion Thursday 21st March 2024 at 10.45am and 2.15pm Simultaneous transmission a.m. only

Lecturer: Sandy Burnett


Exploring Bach’s St Matthew Passion
Musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett returns to the Arts Society Henley with a special presentation on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Matthew Passion, a masterful work which combines tunefulness, craftsmanship, dramatic power and spirituality in equal measure.

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Art Crime: Myth and Reality Thursday 18th April 2024 10.45am and 2.15pm. Simultaneous transmission a.m. only

Lecturer: Will Korner


Art Crime: Myth & Reality

This provides an introduction and history to the variety of types of art crime: from (in)famous museum heists and Nazi looting, to antiquities looting and trafficking, to fakes and forgeries and finally to the everyday nature of art and valuables crime.

These are all accompanied by case studies that would be balanced between well-known cases to much less known but more detailed ones in which Will has been directly involved.

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Dazzling Dufy: An Invitation to a Luminous Feast with Raoul Dufy Thursday 16th May 2024 at 10.45am and 2.15pm. Simultaneous transmission a.m. only

Lecturer: Mary Alexander


Dazzling Dufy: An Invitation to a Luminous Feast with Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was a key player in early 20th century avant garde art, design and literary/theatrical circles in Paris. As a widely travelled polymath, Dufy's charismatic personality, wit and curiosity about the world was infectious.
 
 
His imagination and technical virtuosity - across a range of media including painting and lithography, posters, book illustration, theatrical set design, textiles and fashion, ceramics and large murals - cut across all conventional boundaries. Whether a small intricate woodcut illustrating a love poem, or the truly gigantic 1937 world fair murals depicting the role of electricity in the modern age, the effect is mesmerising.
 
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