Upcoming Events

Christmas Lunch at Waverley Abbey House - Monday 17 December 2018

Christmas Lunch at Waverley Abbey House – Monday 17 December 2018

Now a firm fixture in our calendar, we'll again be holding our Christmas lunch at Waverley Abbey House. Waverley Abbey ...
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Lecture: A Tour of Big Ben - Thursday 10th January 2019 (Note: 2nd Thursday of Month)

Lecture: A Tour of Big Ben – Thursday 10th January 2019 (Note: 2nd Thursday of Month)

By Tim Redmond. Big Ben is one of the most iconic buildings in the world – it identifies the UK ...
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Visit to the Adam Aaronson Glassblowing Studio – Thursday 31 January 2019

Visit to the Adam Aaronson Glassblowing Studio – Thursday 31 January 2019

Adam Aaronson has been at the forefront of contemporary glass artistry for some 40 years. We will have an afternoon ...
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Leonardo The Painter - Thursday 7th February 2019

Leonardo The Painter – Thursday 7th February 2019

By Paula Nutall. Leonardo da Vinci is the author of iconic paintings such as the Virgin of the Rocks, the ...
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Bridge Drive - Wednesday 27th February  2:00 pm

Bridge Drive – Wednesday 27th February 2:00 pm

Our Annual Bridge Drive will, in 2019, take place on Wednesday 27th February, starting promptly at 2.00 p.m. and play ...
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Radiant Art - The Splendour and Sorrow of Medieval Stained Glass - Thursday 7th March 2019

Radiant Art – The Splendour and Sorrow of Medieval Stained Glass – Thursday 7th March 2019

By Roger Rosewell. Stained glass was one of the most important arts of the Middle Ages, combining monumental painting with ...
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Special Interest day - Antique and Contemporary Jewellery - Wednesday 20th March 2019

Special Interest day – Antique and Contemporary Jewellery – Wednesday 20th March 2019

Two lectures and a workshop session by Joanna Hardy. How History and Fashion have influenced Jewellery Design 1800 - 1900 ...
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When Britain Clicked - Photography of the Swinging Sixties - Thursday 4th April 2019

When Britain Clicked – Photography of the Swinging Sixties – Thursday 4th April 2019

By Brian Stater. British photography enjoyed a golden age in the 1960s. Young, talented newcomers broke out of the conventional ...
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Visit to St Mary’s Fairford and Buscot Park – Wednesday 10th April 2019

Visit to St Mary’s Fairford and Buscot Park – Wednesday 10th April 2019

Guided tour of the beautiful 15th C stained glass windows in St Mary’s, followed by a Thameside pub lunch and ...
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A Potted History of Britain - Thursday 2nd May 2019

A Potted History of Britain – Thursday 2nd May 2019

By Julian Richards. The first pots appeared in Britain about 6000 years ago and this lecture will chart the ways ...
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Tour to Shropshire and the Potteries, 14 - 18 May 2019

Tour to Shropshire and the Potteries, 14 – 18 May 2019

We are pleased to present our 2019 tour to Shropshire and the Potteries. Perhaps not so well known as some ...
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The Age of Jazz - Thursday 6th June 2019

The Age of Jazz – Thursday 6th June 2019

By Sandy Burnett. One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the ...
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Visit to Parham House and the '2nd Sistine Chapel' - Wednesday 12 June 2019

Visit to Parham House and the ‘2nd Sistine Chapel’ – Wednesday 12 June 2019

Guided tour of Parham House, one of our finest Elizabethan Houses, with its collection of art, furniture and early needlework ...
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Caravaggio - Murderer or Genius - Thursday 5th September 2019

Caravaggio – Murderer or Genius – Thursday 5th September 2019

By Julia Musgrave Caravaggio’s paintings inspired many artists during his lifetime and would go on to influence many more, from ...
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Visit to Historic Rochester, including the Restoration House - Thursday 19th September

Visit to Historic Rochester, including the Restoration House – Thursday 19th September

An important inspiration for Charles Dickens, Rochester retains many mediaeval features, including houses in the High Street, the cathedral and ...
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Mad Men and Artists - How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art - Thursday 3rd October 2019

Mad Men and Artists – How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art – Thursday 3rd October 2019

By Tony Rawlins Fine art has provided advertisers and their agencies with a great deal of material to use in ...
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Pots and Frocks - The World of Grayson Perry from Essex Potter to Superstar National Treasure - Thursday 7th November 2019

Pots and Frocks – The World of Grayson Perry from Essex Potter to Superstar National Treasure – Thursday 7th November 2019

By Ian Swankie. Widely known for his appearances dressed as his feminine alter ego, Claire, Grayson Perry RA is now a ...
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Special Interest Day - Treasures of the Silk Route - Tuesday 19th November 2019

Special Interest Day – Treasures of the Silk Route – Tuesday 19th November 2019

Treasures of the Silk Road - from China to the Mediterranean. Three lectures given by Christopher Bradley. The silk route ...
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Christmas - Backstage at the Royal Opera House - Thursday 5th December 2019

Christmas – Backstage at the Royal Opera House – Thursday 5th December 2019

By Sarah Lenton. How do we cope with Christmas in the Royal Opera House? – 12 Bohèmes, 15 Hansel and Gretels and ...
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