Upcoming Lectures

The Glory of Fabergé - Thursday 28th June 2018

The Glory of Fabergé – Thursday 28th June 2018

By Clare Phillips This is the rescheduled lecture originally planned for March but which was cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions. This lecture will look at a wide and glittering array of jewelled objets and jewellery created by the Russian imperial goldsmith Carl Fabergé. Famed for his ingenious precious ...
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A Day at the Opera - Thursday 6th September 2018

A Day at the Opera – Thursday 6th September 2018

By Janet Canetty-Clarke. Janet has built up an immense list of operas - some old, some new, some very popular and some longing to be heard again.  All are performed on excellent DVDs and CDs by celebrity singers, orchestras and producers.  She will fully explain one specific opera (chosen from ...
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Impressionists in London - Thursday 4th October 2018

Impressionists in London – Thursday 4th October 2018

By John Iddon. This is the story of the artists who fled to Britain to escape the war in France, including Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and their compatriots.  In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian war and insurrection in Paris, driving artists to seek refuge across the Channel.  Their ...
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Thursday 1st November 2018

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Thursday 1st November 2018

By Anthea Streeter. Nowadays many people are familiar with Mackintosh's striking and innovative designs; his high-backed chairs and white-paintedfurniture.  Yet, in his day at the turn of the twentieth century, only a handful of British clients recognised the outstanding talent of this Scottish architect and designer.  On the Continent, however, ...
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Twelve Days of Christmas - Thursday 6th December 2018

Twelve Days of Christmas – Thursday 6th December 2018

By Peter Medhurst. The celebration of the period following Christmas can be traced back several millennia and to at least two cultures - neither of them Christian.  One of them is the Southern Roman feast of Kalends on the 1st January and the other, the Northern Nordic Festivals of Yuletide ...
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