Upcoming Lectures

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 and democracy in the Western world. But there is a lot more to this tower than the beautiful external gothic architecture; and Tim will prove this to you. Using stunning ...
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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 Last Supper and the Mona Lisa.  This lecture surveys his career, from the early years in Florence (works include the Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi in the Uffizi), his ...
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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 architecture, sculpture and other arts to create church interiors shimmering with sumptuous colours and miraculous stories. This richly illustrated lecture explains how and why stained glass was produced, the subjects ...
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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 studio to revolutionise perceptions of fashion, portraiture and popular culture. This lecture looks at a range of superb images from photographers such as David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Lewis Morley, Tony ...
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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 in which ceramic production has evolved from this time to the present day. From the hand-formed and bonfire-fired pots of our prehistoric ancestors to the products of both modern industry ...
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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 very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation.   Sandy Burnett’s lecture ...
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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 Orazio Gentileschi to Peter Paul Rubens, Gerard van Honthorst and Rembrandt. Each absorbed a different aspect of his work. His style spread across Europe and gave rise to the international ...
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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 their creative campaigns. Tony describes some of the processes by which these advertisements have been created and why the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo have been a ...
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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 core part of the art establishment. Ten years after winning the Turner Prize he gave the brilliant BBC Reith Lecture in 2013. His works of ceramics, textiles, tapestries and prints ...
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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 24 Nutcrackers….  The only thing to do is enjoy it!   In the wings and the dressing rooms, up in the flys and on the stage.  Using film clips, photos, and interviews, ...
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