Upcoming Lectures

Dickens of a Christmas - Thursday 3rd December 2020

Dickens of a Christmas – Thursday 3rd December 2020

Dickens of a Christmas and “God Bless us Everyone” by Bertie Pearce Charles Dickens has often been proclaimed as “The Man Who Invented Christmas” and indeed on hearing that Dickens had died, a cockney barrow-girl said: “Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?”  Dickens revived the Christmas traditions with ...
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The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting During WWII  - Thursday 7th January 2021

The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting During WWII – Thursday 7th January 2021

The Art of the Steal: Nazi Looting During WW II by Shauna Isaac The Nazis looted over 20% of Western Art during World War II, confiscating art from Jewish families and emptying museums throughout Europe. This lecture will provide an overview of Nazi looting by setting the scene in Nazi ...
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William Hogarth - 1697-1764 - Thursday 4th February 2021

William Hogarth – 1697-1764 – Thursday 4th February 2021

William Hogarth - 1697-1764 by Linda Smith Hogarth is nowadays mostly remembered as a talented satirist, but there is much more to him than that. He was extremely ambitious in other artistic fields, including portraiture, history painting, and art theory. He was also a tireless self-promoter and entrepreneur, with a ...
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The Market For Antiques  in the UK Today - Thursday 4th March 2021

The Market For Antiques in the UK Today – Thursday 4th March 2021

The Market For Antiques in the UK Today - or- Why No-One Wants to Buy Your Wardrobe Anymore!  by Matthew Denney Today we are in a world of 'downsizing, decluttering and minimalism. Long gone are the days of high demand and eager buyers furnishing with antiques and dealers filling container ...
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Titian - The First Modern Artist - Thursday 1st April 2021

Titian – The First Modern Artist – Thursday 1st April 2021

Titian - The First Modern Artist by Douglas Skeggs During a long, successful and immensely lucrative career, Titian established himself as the foremost painter of northern Italy. Training in the Bellini workshop, he developed the Venetian love of light and colour, but adding a sense of drama and immediacy that ...
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Inspired By Stonehenge  - Thursday 6th May 2021

Inspired By Stonehenge – Thursday 6th May 2021

Inspired By Stonehenge by Julian Richards Stonehenge is the most celebrated and sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the British Isles. This lecture explains why Stonehenge must be regarded as architectural in its layout and construction, embodying techniques that for centuries convinced antiquarians that it could not have been built by ...
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Baroque on a Roll: Classical Music in the Modern Era  - Thursday 3rd June 2021

Baroque on a Roll: Classical Music in the Modern Era – Thursday 3rd June 2021

Baroque on a Roll: Classical Music in the Modern Era by Tony Rawlins When Tony first appeared at Grayshott in October 2019,  he gave a highly entertaining and well-received lecture on 'Mad Men & Artists' which looked  at how the advertising industry exploited Fine Art. In this lecture, Tony will ...
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New Advances in Ice Age Art - Thursday 2nd September 2021

New Advances in Ice Age Art – Thursday 2nd September 2021

New Advances in Ice Age Art by Paul Bahn Dating from c.40.000 to 12,000 years ago, Ice Age Art continues to be found every year, in the form of both portable objects and images on cave walls and on rocks in the open air. This talk will present a selection ...
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The Forensic Eye: Find your Inner Connoisseur - Thursday 7th October 2021

The Forensic Eye: Find your Inner Connoisseur – Thursday 7th October 2021

The Forensic Eye: Find your Inner Connoisseur by Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe How do dealers, auctioneers and museum staff determine whether a piece is by one painter or another? What role does the signature play, and what are the key clues to look for when deciding who painted the picture? Artists before ...
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Art and Feminism  - Thursday 4th November 2021

Art and Feminism – Thursday 4th November 2021

Art and Feminism by Colin Pink In this talk we'll explore the ways in which women have been excluded from the art world and how they have struggled to be taken seriously. We'll look at a diverse range of feminist art, from 1940 to the present, and trace how different ...
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The Kingdom of Sweets - Thursday 2nd December 2021

The Kingdom of Sweets – Thursday 2nd December 2021

The Kingdom of Sweets by Nigel Bates The Nutcracker has delighted audiences at Christmas for many decades yet it was deemed a failure at its first performances. We take a close look at how this well-loved ballet now takes its rightful place on stage and how the music of Tchaikovsky ...
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Artemisia, Elizabeth and Laura - Thursday 5th May 2022

Artemisia, Elizabeth and Laura – Thursday 5th May 2022

Three Exceptional Female Artists: Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and Dame Laura Knight by Bernard Allan Nearly 300 years separates our three artists yet they faced the same struggle for recognition in what was a man’s world. Throughout these three centuries women had to fight for basic art training, for ...
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