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May 19th
Sèvres Porcelain
Jane Gardiner

Madame de Pompadour’s Favourite Dish? Sèvres porcelain is rooted in France, its early craftsmen with small factories. Louis XV wanted Sèvres to surpass Meissen and Dresden. He succeeded – until a certain Revolution.

An MA in History of Art from University of London, Jane Gardiner trained at the V&A. She was a Senior lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute for 17 years. Her expertise covers glass and porcelain, English and Continental.

Sèvres Porcelain
June 16th
Palmyra: City of Queen Zenobia
George Hart

Palmyra, in what is now Syria, was the ancient city of Queen Zenobia, conqueror of Egypt in the third century and scourge of Rome. Today the magnificent site still contains some of the most extensive remains of the period. A warrior queen in the mould of Boudica, she was a woman of extraordinary resourcefulness who, even in final defeat, guided the outcome to her benefit, and left a city to be wondered at.

(For further illustrations refer to the Newsletter for March.)

George Hart was a staff lecturer at the British Museum for over 30 years, specializing in the Ancient Egyptian and Greek collections. He is the author of books on Egyptian monuments and religion, and a frequent lecturer on Mediterranean cruises. Amongst roles he has filled is that of Committee Member of the Egypt Exploration Society.

Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul: City of 3 Names and 3 Cultures
September 15th
Helms, Hatchments and Hedgehogs: Heraldry in English Churches
Chloë Cockerill

Family trees in pictures.

William the Conqueror took off his helmet at Hastings, to prove that he had survived. Was this where coats of arms were born?

An MA from Trinity College, Dublin and a qualified librarian, Chloë Cockerill has been Regional Development Manager for the Churches Conservation Trust since 2001.

Helms, Hatchments and Hedgehogs: Heraldry in English Churches
October 20th
Masterpieces of 18th Century British Glass
Charles Hajdamach

Venetian glass declines but red lead and engraving arrive. But so, too, does the Glass Excise Act.

Charles Hajdamac is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, also Chairman of the Glass Association. He is the author of ‘British Glass 1800 – 1914’ and ‘British 20th Glass’. Director of Dudley Museums and Art Galleries 1974 to 2002.

Helms, Hatchments and Hedgehogs: Heraldry in English Churches
November 17th
Contemporary Silver: Its Development in the 20th Century
Rosemary Ransome Wallis

Silver has been a valued heirloom and gift for centuries. Today, the mystical white metal still attracts the best of creative and innovative designers.

Rosemary Ransome Wallis is Curator of Collections for the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and author of ‘Treasures of the Twentieth Century’. She is also advisor to the Silver Trust for Downing Street.

Helms, Hatchments and Hedgehogs: Heraldry in English Churches
December 15th
A Musical Celebration of Advent and Christmas, 13th to 20th Centuries Jeanne Dolmetsch

Talk with slides and recorded music. This is our annual Christmas social event that includes mulled wine and a substantial buffet before the festive lecture.

Trained by her father, the renowned Carl Dolmetsch, Jeanne Dolmetsch studied violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a specialist in the performance of 16th to 18th Century music and tours widely as a soloist and chamber musician.

Please note: there is a separate charge for this event.

Helms, Hatchments and Hedgehogs: Heraldry in English Churches


January 19th
Raphael: Painter of Perfection
Dr Paula Nuttall

Born in 1484, Raphael Sanzio was one of the outstanding and popular artists of the Italian Renaissance. Named ‘ the prince of painters’, he died at the age of 37, leaving some of the most beautiful pictures of all time.

Dr. Nuttall is a tutor for the V&A Medieval & Renaissance Year  Course, also a lecturer for the Courtauld Institute and Christie’s Education. She is a former lecturer at the British Institute in Florence.

Sèvres Porcelain
February 16th
Fine Art of Crime:
Case Studies of the Trail and Repatriation of Stolen Art
Malcolm Kenwood

In August 2004, Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ was stolen from a museum in Oslo. In Odessa last year, thieves took Caravaggio’s ‘Kiss of Judas’; also lost that year from near Paris were works by Monet, Cezanne and Sisley. Where do they go? Are they recovered?

Malcolm Kenwood has twenty years’ police experience investigating art and antiques crime. He was recoveries director for the Art Loss Register and formed his own company running courses to prevent and detect art crime. He has lectured to New Scotland Yard, Interpol and FBI.

Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul: City of 3 Names and 3 Cultures
March 16th
Fitness for Purpose: Art and Design of the London Underground
Geoffrey Toms

With iconic logos and lettering, maps, advertising and architecture, the London Underground continues to be a source and gallery for artistic inspiration.

Past Head of Education at the Museum of London and, since 1994, a freelance lecturer on the history of London and the Eastern Mediterranean, Geoffrey Toms lectures to universities, colleges and on education cruises.

Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul: City of 3 Names and 3 Cultures
April 20th
The Arts and Crafts of Mexico, Past and Present
Chloë Sayer

Rich in arts and crafts, Mesoamerican cultures – the Maya, Olmec and Aztec – stretch back to 1200 BC. Today, Mexican artists continue to work with many natural materials, employing vibrant colours that maintain their ancient traditions.

Chloë Sayer has worked on television documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC. She lectures in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Mexico, and also leads arts tours to Mexico. Her publications include ‘Arts & Crafts of Mexico’, ‘The Incas’ and ‘Textiles from Mexico’.

Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul: City of 3 Names and 3 Cultures


October 6th  
Antique and 20th Century Jewellery
John Benjamin FGA DGA