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Newsletter - April 2009


Sèvres Porcelain


June in April

As most of you will know, the meeting on April 21st was not on Queen Zenobia and Palmyra but on Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul. The Palmyra lecture will now be on 16th June, the two lectures having been swapped ‘due to circumstances beyond our control’.

The final phrase might cover some of the events during the April meeting. The lecture continued longer than required, perhaps as a consequence of the topic being too extensive to cover in the usual hour allotted. There were technical problems in that all of the slides did not show. This was due to the slides in question having labels on that prevented the projectors moving them from the carousel; unfortunately, this was not discovered in the trial run through of early slides before the lecture. The overlong lecture and the speaker having to leave, meant that no time remained for questions or expression of thanks. It’s not for the Newsletter to comment on the quality of the lecturer and slides, that is the purpose of the Feedback link which we hope you will use to allow us to make our usual informed report to NADFAS in London. If you would kindly click on to the feedback link HERE and register your comments, we would be most grateful.

You’ll be interested to know that that the speaker, driven to the station by Pat ‘Lewis Hamilton’ Stuart, caught her train with only seconds to spare.


Thank you to all who have renewed for 2009/2010. For the few who may have overlooked the renewal notice, reminders have been provided and we hope to have you with us for the busy year ahead.

Trip to Compton Verney

Printed notices of the visit on 2nd July have been distributed and also sent to our email list with colour illustrations. In addition, there are full details on our website. This is an opportunity to visit one of the country’s outstanding country houses and galleries, set in 120 acres of parkland with the Capability Brown touch. The trip is expected to be very popular and early application is recommended.

Annual Directory Meeting

Each year NADFAS hold a fair at Kensington Town Hall where existing lecturers with new topics, and recently appointed lecturers, address an audience of programme secretaries. Our new programme committee of Liz Pierce and Naomi Milne attended for us. Liz reports that even in the two short minutes allocated to each speaker, those who shone with enthusiasm and clarity were obvious. From the new lecturers, at least four had excellent potential for our future meetings. Over 170 lecturers were available to meet and negotiate future bookings. Liz and Naomi left confident that interesting topics either new to us or not covered for some time will appear in their programme to run from May 2010. We are most grateful to them for their research.

By the way, if you have a topic or particular speaker you feel would be of interest to members, please let any committee member know, or post your suggestions through our email address HERE.

Next Meeting, May 19th: Sèvres Porcelain

Jane Gardiner, who trained at the V&A and for 17 years was a senior lecturer at Sotheby’s, will speak to us on Sèvres, the single word alone is all that’s needed to convey its classic status, let alone one particular colour, bleu de roi. Be sure not to miss a rare opportunity to further your appreciation of a unique artform.


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