Upcoming Lectures

“Turner v Constable: The Great British Paint-Off” - Thursday 9th January 2020

“Turner v Constable: The Great British Paint-Off” – Thursday 9th January 2020

“Turner v Constable: The Great British Paint-Off” by Nicola Moorby This is the story of the epic rivalry between the two giants of British art, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. As unlike in background and temperament as their paintings were in style, these two creative geniuses transformed the art of ...
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Archaeological Adventures in Albania - Thursday 6th February 2020

Archaeological Adventures in Albania – Thursday 6th February 2020

Archaeological Adventures in Albania by Louise Schofield This lecture explores the archaeology and history of Albania.  A country in the heart of Europe but locked away for fifty years under its communist dictator, Enver Hoxha. Its rugged, green and mysterious landscape has been home to waves of civilisations (Illyrians, Greeks, ...
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The Healing Power of Plants - Thursday 5th March 2020

The Healing Power of Plants – Thursday 5th March 2020

The Healing Power of Plants by Timothy Walker Despite being used for thousands of years, the role of plants in modern medicine is still considered to be peripheral by many people.  This talk attempts to put the record straight and to show that plant products are used every day, by ...
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The Forensic Eye: Find your Inner Connoisseur - Thursday 2nd April 2020

The Forensic Eye: Find your Inner Connoisseur – Thursday 2nd April 2020

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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New Advances in Ice Age Art - Thursday 7th May 2020

New Advances in Ice Age Art – Thursday 7th May 2020

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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Artemisia, Elizabeth and Laura - Thursday 4th June 2020

Artemisia, Elizabeth and Laura – Thursday 4th June 2020

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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The Queen of Instruments: The Lute within Old Masters - Thursday 3rd September 2020

The Queen of Instruments: The Lute within Old Masters – Thursday 3rd September 2020

The Queen of Instruments: The Lute within Old Masters by Adam Busiakiewicz The lute holds a special place in the history of art: painters of the Italian Renaissance depicted golden-haired angels plucking its delicate strings, evoking celestial harmony; in the sixteenth century, during the rise of humanism, the lute was ...
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The GPO Film Unit - Thursday 1st October 2020

The GPO Film Unit – Thursday 1st October 2020

The GPO Film Unit by Howard Smith This is the entertaining story of how documentary films started from the French and Edwardian days of silent movies.  Film was still at a very much experimental stage and we will look at the Soviet influence with "Battleship Potemkin" and "Man with a ...
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Joaquin Sorolla: Painter of Light - Thursday 5th November

Joaquin Sorolla: Painter of Light – Thursday 5th November

Joaquin Sorolla: Painter of Light by Jacqueline Cockburn One of the most extraordinary Spanish artists from Valencia; Joaquin Sorolla has become better known more recently. He lived from 1863 to 1923 and created a world full of light and colour which delights the senses. Sometimes a social painter he was ...
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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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