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Pots & Frocks – The World of Grayson Perry

Pots & Frocks - The World of Grayson Perry
At this month’s meeting Ian Swankie gave us an informative, thought provoking and, at times, entertaining insight into the character inside the flamboyant frocks. He examined Grayson Perry’s works in ceramics, prints, textiles and tapestries as well as his exciting exhibitions. Ian began by revealing how Perry lived in a fantasy world of his own during a troubled childhood. The encouragement of his art teacher ...
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2020 Lecture & Special Interest Day Programme Preview

2020 Lecture & Special Interest Day Programme Preview
2020 Lecture Programme Here is a sneak preview of our new lecture and special interest day programme ...
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Mad Men and Artists – How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art

Mad Men and Artists – How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art
In the middle ages, when many people could not read, advertising was graphic, ie. the ‘medium is the message’.  Metal signs hung outside shops to promote their wares such as scissors for a tailor and a cauldron and pestle to indicate an apothecary.  When Caxton introduced printing the first ever advertising leaflet promoted his work on ‘The Pyles of Salisbury’ (pyles referred then to clerical ...
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H&IoW Area – Special Interest Days in Winchester

H&IoW Area - Special Interest Days in Winchester
Special Interest Days in Winchester Our area - Hampshire & IoW - organises special interest days which are open to all members of the society. For 2020 these are on the theme of "London: Silk, Steel and Splendour". The days cost £40 including lunch and coffee and run from 10:30-15:00 in Winchester ...
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Visit to Rochester Thursday 19 September 2019

Visit to Rochester Thursday 19 September 2019
It was a beautiful sunny day to discover Rochester and its historic old High Street as we strolled along to the Cathedral for our first tour.  The first Saxon Cathedral was established here in 604 close to the River Medway and the site of the Roman bridge crossing.  Neither of these now survive above ground but the existing Cathedral building was started from 1080 by ...
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Caravaggio – Murderer or Genius?

Caravaggio - Murderer or Genius?
At our first meeting after the summer break, Julia Musgrave explored the life and work of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and asked whether the dramatic lighting and intense naturalism of his work was inspired by his violent spirit or the violence of his times. Before his birth in 1571, the Reformation and Counter Reformation had torn Europe apart. This was reflected in the changing way ...
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Visit to Parham House and the ‘2nd Sistine Chapel -12 June 2019

Visit to Parham House and the '2nd Sistine Chapel -12 June 2019
Parham House, south of Pulborough in West Sussex, dates from Elizabethan times and lies in an estate of nearly 900 acres, with extensive gardens and parkland. Even on a cloudy, and latterly wet, day, the house and grounds  afforded the most lovely outlook towards the South Downs. This magnificent house has only been owned by three families - the Palmers, who commissioned its construction in ...
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The Age of Jazz

The Age of Jazz
This month’s lecture by Radio 3 presenter Sandy Burnett had been especially anticipated because last year we enjoyed a visit to the Age of Jazz Exhibition, at 2 Temple Place. Well known in his own right as a musician, he traced the roots of jazz and its impact on Britain’s music scene since 1918. He began with Black Bottom Stompand Jelly Roll Morton who claimed ...
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Visit to Fairford and Buscot Park – 10 April 2019

Visit to Fairford and Buscot Park – 10 April 2019
Fine, sunny weather greeted us at St. Mary’s church at Fairford revealing the medieval stained glass windows in their full beauty.  The church was built in the perpendicular style in the 1490’s by a local wool merchant, John Tame, retaining the tower of an earlier building.  It was rededicated in 1497 during the reign of King Henry VII and the glass was installed over the ...
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Heritage Volunteers Project at The Royal School

Heritage Volunteers Project at The Royal School
The new altar frontal was needed by The Royal School to reflect the wonderful colours in the chapel's new window.  Liz Holbird produced an old frontal that had been at the school for many years. The existing damask on which the gold cross was laid had become worn and there were lots of holes.  Barbara lifted the cross, which needed extensive repair, and re-stitched it ...
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Antique and Contemporary Jewellery

Antique and Contemporary Jewellery
Our first Special Interest Day of 2019 had been eagerly anticipated. Relatively recently, Joanna Hardy had given us a fascinating lecture on certain aspects of jewellery and this was the motivation behind booking these lectures and workshop. She is an independent fine jewellery specialist with over 35 years experience working in the jewellery industry. Having begun her career training as a goldsmith at Sir John Cass ...
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When Britain Clicked – Photography of the Swinging 60’s

When Britain Clicked - Photography of the Swinging 60's
Brian Stater began his exploration ofPhotography of the Swinging 60’s, by quoting Harold Wilson - ‘The day of the dynasty and the era of nepotism is over’. The Sixties saw not only the end of the old aristocracy but a time when young men and women acquired greater confidence often resulting in an outflowing of flair and creative design. He chose Parkinson’s ‘Black Trinity’ of ...
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