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detail The Macclesfield Psalter

December 2010


Christmas celebration

Our Christmas celebration – organized by a hard working committee – was attended by 170 members, and was much enjoyed. Glasses of mulled wine and socializing were accompanied by the carols sung by the Keswick Hall Choir before the refreshments were served.

The lecture on “The Journey of the Magi from St Matthew to the Medici” by Shirley Smith was a fitting subject for the Christmas season, and has scored a lot of ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’ comments on our feedback. One member wrote that it was “Beautifully presented with an engaging mix of scholarship and humour. A splendid evening complemented by the very enjoyable pre-lecture refreshments and choral entertainment.” A view that was reflected by the comments of several members.

It only remains for the Chairman and committee members to which everyone a very happy Christmas and all good things for 2011.

Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano
Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano


New topic for the January 18th Lecture

“The Greatest Collectors of All Time”: Mary Yule will talk to us about The Art Fund Past,
Present and Future

detail The Macclesfield Psalter
detail The Macclesfield Psalter

Since 1905 the Art Fund, the national art charity, has helped museums and galleries all over the country to acquire over 860,000 works of art of all kinds. This lecture takes us behind the scenes at The Art Fund and provides a lively account of its history, achievements and future aspirations.   

Mary has a MA in 20th Century British Art. She was responsible for the Art Fund’s grant-giving from 1992–2006, and during that time she was involved with countless museum acquisitions, and with major campaigns to save great treasures like the Becket Casket, the Macclesfield Psalter and Botticelli’s Madonna and the Sleeping Christ Child.

Help us save postage!

From 2011, unless absolutely necessary, we will be sending information on visits by email, including the form for you to print out and book your place on the trip. If anyone isn’t able to print a booking slip, please get in touch with and let us know. Programme cards will continue to be sent out by post, but any updates or changes to the published programme will be advised by email, and posted on our website.

Membership Renewals

In the new year, we will be giving you more details about membership renewals, which will be due in April, and hope that everyone will be happy to pay their annual subscription by Direct Debit in the future, to save us time and postage.

A packed programme for 2011

Our programme secretary, Liz Pierce and her assistant, Naomi Milne, have a full line-up of interesting and informative lectures for the coming year, and the visits committee are working on a variety of outings to galleries and stately homes, among other destinations. We are sure you will be delighted to have a preview of these in the spring, which we will publicise on our website as usual.


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