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Newsletter - May 2009


Sèvres Porcelain

Our May lecture by Jane Gardiner on Sèvres Porcelain was extremely well received, and the history of the porcelain manufacture, originally at the Chateau of Vincennes then later at the purpose built factory at Sèvres itself was outlined.

The factory benefited from royal patronage since its beginning, with Madame de Pompadour playing an active part in its establishment. She ensured that it received huge funds from the King, Louis XV, and became a collector herself.

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Visit to Cressing Temple Barns and Layer Marney Tower

The members who elected to make this visit had an excellent day out, and Colin Way has kindly contributed a report which is now on our website, accompanied by some photographs by him and Patrick Halpin. The trip, organised by Max Bone, included a very pleasant lunch in the courtyard of Layer Marney Tower, where members were also delighted to see young lambs being bottle-fed. 

On occasion it is hard to find a volunteer prepared to write up their recollections of visits for our Newsletter and website, so we ask if members with a literary bent would offer this from time to time. The notes are enjoyed by all and make the hard-working Visits Committee feel appreciated! Any digital photographs taken by members during our visits would also be gratefully received by the Publicity Officer.

June Lecture

Our next lecture, on 16th June, is the re-scheduled April topic of Palmyra: City of Queen Zenobia, by George Hart. Queen Zenobia was a third century warrior queen descended from a long history of fabulous Syrian and Abyssinian queens, including the Queen of Sheba. It promises to be a fascinating lecture about a time and place in history that might be unfamiliar to many of us.

Visit to Compton Verney, 2nd July

Bookings for the trip to Compton Verney are still being taken. This will give members the chance to visit an award-winning art gallery housed in a Grade I listed mansion designed by Robert Adam.  The gallery opened in March 2004 and has since won a prestigious RIBA award; it was also shortlisted for the Gulbenkian Museum of the Year, and was winner of Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence.

Do not be put off by the travel; put yourself in the excellent hands of our usual coach driver, who assures us he has made this journey before, and take some hours out in a country house with beautiful art!

Coffee after meetings

More and more members are taking advantage of the coffee after meetings, and this is something the Society is very happy to provide, as it gives the opportunity of socialising and also hearing members’ reactions to the lecture. However, to minimise queuing, if any members would be kind enough to volunteer for pouring coffee, alongside a Committee member, their involvement would be very welcome. Just offer your services at the reception desk when you come in.


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