Lectures

For information about the programme or on individual lectures contact: 01963 350 132.

Lectures with high quality illustrations start at 11.00am.

Coffee is served from 10.15am.

Date Title Lecturer
2019
19 March

Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard 1909 - 1939

Millions of artist-drawn humorous postcards were produced, not just for entertainment but to bolster morale, to inspire, instruct, motivate and persuade.

Please note earlier start of 10.45 for a Young Arts Presentation

James Taylor
16 April

The Remarkable Collections of Isaac and Moise de Camondo. From Constantinople to Paris and the Parc Monceau

This is an extraordinary story of a family dynasty, money, art, social behaviour, obsession and tragedy.

Please note 10:30 start - AGM

Deborah Lambert
21 May

A Load of Old Balls

Simon looks at the history, design and evolution of balls used in sport and recreation. Why are marbles glass? Why did some billiard balls explode and why are rugby balls such an odd shape? Come and find out!

Simon Inglis
18 June

Canaletto in England

Canaletto came to England in 1746 and over the next nine years created nearly 150 works of art, from the Lord Mayor’s Show to Eton College and Warwick Castle.

Andrew Davies
16 July

Town Mouse, Country Mouse: Art and Nature in the Life and Works of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter was a talented watercolourist who could have been a professional botanist.Her wonderful illustrations of Peter Rabbit and others continue to delight.

Elizabeth Merry
15 October

The Founders and the Treasures of the Wallace Collection

This lecture covers the story of the founding family of this great collection, including the 4th Marquess of Hertford and a chance to see many of its finest treasures.

Stephen Duffy
19 November

The Antiques Roadshow – Behind the Scenes and the Great Discoveries

Marc is a freelance art and antiques journalist and has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist on The Antiques Roadshow. A self-confessed collectaholic he is going to take us behind the scenes of this fascinating programme.

Marc Allum
10 December

Red Vibrations: The Aesthetic and Emotional Significance of Red in Western Art, from Angelic Pink to Demonic Scarlet

A colourful lecture for the depth of winter. Alexandra guarantees that you will leave the lecture never seeing red in the same way again!

Alexandra Drysdale
2020
21 January

Georgia: Land of the Golden Fleece

One of the first nations to adopt Christianity. This lecture concentrates on the fine tradition of church building and decorations, much in gold, over the last 1500 years.

John Osborne
18 February

Restoration and After: Boobs, Bombast and Gin

Following the trauma of the English Civil War came the Restoration, a period of loucheness and scandal. Giles looks at how the theatre of the day reflected society in this most saucy of eras.

Giles Ramsay
17 March

Thomas Heatherwick – The Modern Leonardo

This lecture looks at the meteoric rise of this extraordinarily versatile young designer and the way in which his Heatherwick Studio has solved the challenges presented to it to create amazing buildings throughout the world.

Ian Swankie
21 April

The Pilgrims of Babylon: The Artists of Montmartre

Montmatre, the rundown suburb overlooking Paris, bristling with windmills, but home to some of France’s greatest artists. Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso all painted here and their canvases would shake the foundations of Western art.

Please note 10:30 start - AGM

Douglas Skeggs