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Leonardo, The Painter

Leonardo, The Painter
In his time acclaimed as a scientist, philosopher, architect, inventor and artist this year marks the 500thAnniversary of his death. The queues for the National Gallery’s 2012 exhibition, testify to the excitement his work provokes and his special place as one of the greatest painters of all time. At this month’s meeting, Paula Nuttall treated us to a fascinating insight into his career and achievements ...
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Visit to the Adam Aaronson glassblowing studio – 31 January

Visit to the Adam Aaronson glassblowing studio - 31 January
For a couple of days it looked as if we might have to postpone our trip to the glassblowing studio because of expected snow. Luckily, the forecast improved and we were able to enjoy a very successful outing and get home safely, well before the snow eventually came. You can see more photos here. Those who were able to come to the pub lunch beforehand, ...
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A Tour of Big Ben

A Tour of Big Ben
Everyone has heard and heard of Big Ben but very few members of the public have been inside the tower. However, at this month’s meeting, Tim Redmond took us on a virtual tour, up the 334 steps to behind the clock faces to learn about the workings of the mechanism before meeting Big Ben itself. Built on the site of an old royal palace, the ...
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Christmas Lunch at Waverley Abbey House – 17th December 2018

Christmas Lunch at Waverley Abbey House - 17th December 2018
On a cold and frosty, but sunny, December morning 81 members and guests of The Arts Society Grayshott met for their annual Christmas Lunch and what a festive and memorable occasion it was! Waverley Abbey House, with its picturesque lakeside setting and historic charm, was, yet again, the perfect venue for this very popular event. Our guest speaker, Roy Stratford, got the day off to ...
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The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Our December meeting always has a festive theme and this year we welcomed back Peter Medhurst to explore the wealth of Christmas Music, traditions and curious legends connected with the Twelve Days of Christmas. He began by explaining that many of our Christmas carols are games. Originally the carol would have been a dance involving singing and playing. The first person made up a line ...
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The Grand Tour – Travel and Collecting in the 18th Century

The Grand Tour - Travel and Collecting in the 18th Century
Caroline Knight began by reminding us that before the 1753 Act of Parliament established the British Museum, there was no public collection of antiquities. Access to private collections was limited and so a tradition developed, in the C17th and C18th, for young men of sufficient wealth to travel to Europe to enhance their education and experience the Classical and Renaissance legacy. Young women of wealth ...
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Architect, Designer and Artist Unfortunately, the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh has made headlines this year, for the wrong reason. The fire at the Glasgow School of Art in June, just as its restoration after the 2014 fire was nearing completion, ravaged the building. 2018 is the 150thAnniversary of his birth in Glasgow. Anthea Streeter explained that, before leaving school at 15, he learned not ...
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Visit to Hatfield House, 26th September 2018

Visit to Hatfield House, 26th September 2018
Fortune was smiling on us for our visit to Hatfield House as not only were the A3 and M25 kind to us on our journey there but also, once again in this lovely summer, we were blessed with warm sunshine. Combined with the splendours of the Jacobean house and extensive gardens, it was a most enjoyable day. You can see more photos here.  Naturally our ...
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Tour to Vienna – 13 – 18 September 2018

Tour to Vienna – 13 – 18 September 2018
Vienna is known especially as a city of art, history, music.……..and cake. Suffice it to say that we enjoyed all these in abundance during our 6-day stay. You can see more photos here. After an easy coach journey to Heathrow and flight with BA, we landed in Vienna in hot afternoon sunshine to be met by our guide Ursula, whom we quickly found was a ...
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A Day at the Opera

A Day at the Opera
Since the advent of live opera being screened to halls and cinemas around the country, it has been possible for many more people nationally to appreciate opera. In this month’s lecture, Janet Canetty-Clarke gave us a truly inspirational exploration of the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of opera’s ‘Greats’. Born in Salzburg in1756, by the age of five he was performing in ...
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Visit to Monet and Architecture exhibition at the National Gallery

Visit to Monet and Architecture exhibition at the National Gallery
Yet another fine and warm day in our glorious summer enabled us to enjoy a relaxed day in central London. Traffic was light for our coach journey and we were dropped right outside the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing with plenty of time for a coffee before our visit to the Monet and Architecture exhibition. All agreed that the exhibition was superb. Bringing together more than ...
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The Glory of Fabergé

The Glory of Fabergé
With snow forecast and flurries already falling we had to cancel our March lecture. Luckily we were able to rearrange it and, this time in glorious sunshine, Clare Phillips took us on a wonderful journey through amazing examples of Fabergé’s work. Born in 1846, in St Petersburg, he studied in Dresden and was tutored in goldsmithing in Frankfurt, France and England before returning to the ...
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