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|Tuesday 21st April 2015|
|Peter the Great: ‘The Blaspheming Bear’|
Peter the Great’s personality was a confusing collection of contradictions. He was both an enlightened sovereign and a violent and brutal tyrant, a foul speaking drunkard who personally tortured hundreds of his subjects. This lecture follows the course of his turbulent life from his childhood to the triumphs and conquests of his old age when he established Russia as a major political and military force in the western world.
Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College, Cambridge and is a lecturer on paintings as well as a writer and presenter, having written and presented various television documentaries and a book on Monet. He is a lecturer to many London art courses and often leads art tours abroad.
|Tuesday 17th March 2015|
|Britain with Betjeman: the story of John Betjeman's life slanted towards his architectural writings|
We will be introduced to the architectural writings and opinions of John Betjeman, the history of the buildings he used as examples, and explore structures as diverse as churches, houses and pleasure piers. John will show us that Betjeman's idea for a series of architecturally-bsed guides should be as well known as his poetry.
John Vigar is a professional ecclesiastical historian, author and broadcaster who has visited and recorded over 13,000 churches in England and Wales. He is a trustee of The Friends of Friendless Churches, the oldest church preservation society in Britain, and works for the Churches Conservation Trust. He has written 12 books and is also a tutor at Denman adult education college.
|Tuesday 17th February 2015|
|The Rise and Fall of the English Music Hall|
Lively and colourful, the history of the English music hall tells us much about social history and architecture. We will explore this history and in particular we will look at the oldest music halls, the Canterbury and Wilton’s.
Andrew is an extra-mural tutor for London, Essex and the Open University and the author of several books including ‘The East End Nobody Knows’ and a frequent contributor to radio and television.
|Tuesday 20th January 2015|
|Piero di Cosimo: Florentine Painter and Lover of Eggs|
We will look at Piero di Cosimo's bizarre diet of hard boiled eggs and his paintings of religious scenes, contemporary portraiture and mythological fantasies, some of the most enigmatic works of the Italian renaissance. This is the lecture that was unfortunately cancelled in 2013 due to bad weather.
Shirley is a specialist on the Italian and Northern Renaissance and studied Art History at UEA. She is a part-time lecturer there and also in Cambridge for the Department of Continuing Education. She is particularly keen to set the art and architecture of the period in the context of the society for which it was produced.
|Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Christmas Social Event|
|Mrs Beeton’s Christmas|
|Dr Annie Gray|
We look at Christmas through the gaze of Isabella Beeton. Her ‘Book of Household Management’ does not go into depth on what the festival really meant, which reflects the mid-Victorian view: was it an excuse for revelry, or could it be an occasion to celebrate family and friends? Annie will show the way the customs we consider part of Christmas were invented or reinvented, or indeed, not yet thought of.
Annie Gray is a food historian with degrees from Oxford, York and Liverpool. She is the author of a number of both academic and popular articles and lectures widely. She also leads a team at Audley End House who cook and intereact with the public in the guise of Victorian servants.
|Tuesday 18th November 2014|
|Sleeping Beauties: The Irish Country House|
|Dr Tom Duncan|
Ireland has a wealth of great houses of international stature, many of which have remained largely unknown to all but the specialist historian and enthusiast. Undoubtedly, many of the finest are of the Georgian Era, when Ireland enjoyed an untypical period of peace and prosperity. The principal houses to be discussed will be Malahide Castle, Bellamont Forest, Castletown Conolly and Russborough.
Tom Duncan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied History of Art and Classical Archaeology. He taught at University level and now lectures widely to heritage and artistic organisations such as The Art Fund and NADFAS. He began to lead tours sixteen years ago and founded CICERONI Travel in 1998.
|Tuesday 21st October 2014 after the AGM
Please note the AGM starts at 6:45pm
|Agony or Ecstasy? Michelangelo the Artist and Michelangelo the Man|
According to Michelangelo (1476-1564) 'every artist paints himself'. While it is certainly true that we tend to see art as a reflection of its maker, just how might we understand the paintings, sculpture and drawings produced by Michelangelo in terms of what we know about him as a man, as one who was prone to violent temper tantrums, fits of paranoia, sulking and passionate crushes on younger men? This lecture explores what is known about Michelangelo's personality from contemporary accounts, as well as his own writings and poetry, in order to consider just how the ecstasies and agonies he experienced might have conditioned the astonishing art that he produced.
Caroline lectures regularly at the National Gallery, Courtauld Institute and writes for the Burlingon Magazine; she is an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck School of Art History.
|Tuesday 16th September 2014|
Is Bacon the most significant British painter of the 20th century, or is his work violent, nihilistic and ugly? He was influenced by old masters like Titian, Valazquez and Degas and tried to push figurative art to its absolute limits. We will focus on his most important works, in order to understand why they came to look the way they do.
Linda delivered one of the most popular lectures of 2012; she holds two first-class degrees in Art History and is a guide and lecturer at Tate Britain and Tate Modern as well as the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
|Tuesday 17th June 2014|
|Legend and Lustre: Jim Thompson and Thai Silk|
Jim Thompson arrived in Bangkok in 1945 and was captivated by the beauty of Thai silk, a craft which he resuscitated and made famous. We will hear the story of his achievements and see the process of silk production and its heritage, inluding royal robes and temple murals.
Denise is an author, lecturer, photographer and journalist; she has worked in Cambodia and written books on Southeast Asian temples and culture. She lectures at SOAS London University and other bodies and has led cultural tours to Southeast Asia for the Royal Academy.
|Tuesday 20th May 2014|
|The Birth of the Greek Gods|
|Dr Steven Kershaw|
This talk provides a ‘who’s who and how’ of the main divinities of Greek mythology and will establish the definitive iconography of Greece’s key gods and goddesses. It will also look at creation myths that tell about the original of the world and the gods.
A classics tutor for Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, Dr Kershaw has published books on classical civilizations including ‘A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths’, and ‘A Brief Guide to Classical Civilization’. He has travelled extensively in the world of the Greeks and Romans.
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