Upcoming Lectures

London Bridged: 3,500 Years of Crossing the Thames by Charlie Forman - Thursday 5 September 2024

London Bridged: 3,500 Years of Crossing the Thames by Charlie Forman – Thursday 5 September 2024

People were bridging the Thames in the Bronze Age - 1,500 years before the Romans built London Bridge. In the 1,700 year wait for the next bridge, other crossings relied on watermen and horse ferries, as traffic jammed on London Bridge. The last 200 years have seen over 50 new ...
The Green man in English Churches by Imogen Corrigan - Thursday 3 October 2024

The Green man in English Churches by Imogen Corrigan – Thursday 3 October 2024

More correctly called ‘foliate heads’, there was a proliferation of Green Man images around the year 1400. The lecture discusses how the image may have evolved from pagan and Classical times and what its purpose may have been. Although they may originally have been connected to ancient fertility rites, the ...
Copies, Curtains and Ways of Looking by Chantal Brotherton - Ratcliffe - Thursday November 7 2024

Copies, Curtains and Ways of Looking by Chantal Brotherton – Ratcliffe – Thursday November 7 2024

How does our experience of living with and looking at works of art today compare to the viewing experience of earlier centuries? You may never have given a thought to how you enjoy a painting, or what it is that you value in it, let alone wonder whether that enjoyment was ...
Dingley Dell to 'A Christmas Carol' by Vicky Bailey - Thursday December 5 2024

Dingley Dell to ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Vicky Bailey – Thursday December 5 2024

Ideal for Christmas time!This talk ranges from Dickensian Christmas stories to traditional Victorian Christmas activities and the inspiration for ghost stories at Christmas. Vicky Bailey Vicky became a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide in 2005, receiving an award as the 'Best Guide in Gallery Exams'. One of her main areas ...
Britain as Workshop of the World. The Founding of the Victoria and Albert Museum by Anna Warrillow - Postponed

Britain as Workshop of the World. The Founding of the Victoria and Albert Museum by Anna Warrillow – Postponed

This lecture focuses on the design impact of the Great Exhibition and the need for a 'legacy institution' in the form of the South Kensington Museum. We will look at the building as a work of art and explore the work of William Morris, Frederick Lord Leighton and other influential ...