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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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Radiant Art- The Splendour and Sorrow of Medieval Stained Glass

Radiant Art- The Splendour and Sorrow of Medieval Stained Glass
Sumptuous Colours and Miraculous Stories At this month’s meeting Roger Rosewell gave us an insight into the wonderful world of medieval stained glass. He explained that the greatest numbers of medieval paintings are those in stained glass. Their strong portraits and powerful images evoke a range of emotions. Whereas a medieval painting could be worked on at eye level and appropriately framed later, the size ...
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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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