Lectures

Our Programme For 2019 – 2020

We are pleased to announce our new lecture programme for the coming season. It’s an eclectic mix of topics, all delivered by well recognised and respected lecturers, and we look forward to welcoming you along with our new members on the first day of the new season.


1st October – Temples, Tombs and Treasure: In Search of the Queen of Sheba – Louise Schofield

The fame of the Queen of Sheba has lasted across the many intervening centuries since she made her epic journey from her distant land to the court of King Soloman.

Louise is an archaeologist who, for many years, was a curator at the British Museum. She has been involved on many prestigious projects and is currently working in Ethiopia. She last visited us in 2012.

To find out more about Louise’s lecture then click here.


5th November – The Day Parliament Burned Down – Caroline Shenton

In the evening of 16th October 1834 huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament.  In front of thousands of witnesses the conflagration destroyed Parliament’s glorious old buildings and their contents.

Caroline is an archivist and historian and was formerly the Director of Parliamentary Archives. Her book of the lecture title was Political Book of the Year in 2013.

To find out more about Caroline’s lecture then click here.


3rd December – Contemporary British Theatre: A Second Golden Age – Giles Ramsay

Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer who specialises in creating new work with artists in developing countries.  He regularly lectures on the history and practice of theatre on the Queen Mary 2 as it sails from New York to the UK. Giles combines academic analysis with hands on experience to bring a unique insight to the world of the theatre.

To find out more about Giles then click here.


7th January – Painting Winter: Snow Scenes in Art – Stella Grace Lyons

Magical, festive, beautiful, harsh, cruel and bleak – this talk will explore the variety of interpretations of this season through the works of Bruegel, Caspar David Friedrich, Monet, and Andrew Wyeth.

Stella is a relatively recent addition to the Arts Society after art studies at Bristol, Warwick, Florence and Venice.

To find out more about Stella then click here.


4th February – The Art of the River – Alexandra Epps

Discover a selection of artists from the historican to the contemporary and experience their fascinating views of the river and interpretations of its eventful history.

Alexandra is an official guide and lecturer at the Tate Galleries and the Guildhall. Her background is in graphic design and she has her own consultancy.

To find out more about Alexandra’s lecture then click here.


3rd March – Domes and Minarets: Mosques of the Islamic World – James Allan

The lecture explores the different styles of minarets and domes and illustrates the rich designs, whether in mosaic, tile, or other media, that adorn these buildings.

James was formerly a curator of the Islamic Collection at the Ashmolean Oxford and taught Islamic art and architecture at the university.

To find out more about James’s lecture then click here.


7th April – The Easter Story – Richard Box

Jesus’ Passion has inspired many artists—particularly in the Renaissance period. This lecture, appropriate for the season of Lent and Easter, illustrates how Renaissance painters have variously represented Christ’s Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection.

To find out more about Richard then click here.


5th May – Women in Art: Gentileschi to Emin – Lynne Gibson

Until the 1970s an Art History student could well believe there were no women artists in the entire history of Western Art. None appeared in the key texts H.W. Janson’s The History of Art nor Ernst Gombrich’s The Story of Art.

Is this because there were none?

To find out more about Lynne’s lecture then click here.


2nd June – Henry VIII and the Field of the Cloth of Gold – Gillian White

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the fabled meeting near Boulogne of Henry VIII and Francois I.

 Gillian is a specialist in the visual arts of that period and will transport you to a distant age and another attempt at Anglo French cordiality.

To find out more about Gillian’s lecture then click here.


7th July – Andy Warhol – Rosalind Whyte

This lecture on Andy Warhol is timed coincide with a major exhibition at the Tate Modern.  He was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy observer who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counter culture – changing modern art in the process.

To find out more about Rosalind then click here 
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