Lecture Programme 2019/20


17 September 2019

ROYAL COLLECTORS: QUEEN VICTORIA AND PRINCE ALBERT AND THEIR ART

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were keen amateur artists.  They exchanged gifts of paintings, sculpture and jewellery every birthday and Christmas.

Susan Owens

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15 October 2019

IN SIGHT OF THE DOWNS: SUSSEX, A CENTRE FOR 20th CENTURY BRITISH ART

Rupert Toovey is a local auctioneer and valuer and also an ordained priest. He is a passionate advocate and sponsor of art and heritage in Sussex.

Rupert Toovey

Followed by WELCOME PARTY FOR NEW MEMBERS.

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19 November 2019

CHARLES DICKENS, THE MAN AND HIS LIFE THROUGH HIS CHARACTERS

Bertie Pearce is a member of the Inner Magic Circle and is also a Professor of Punch and Judy.  Look forward to a ‘Truly Dickensian Experience’.

Bertie Pearce

Followed by FESTIVE DRINKS AND MINCE PIES

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21 January 2020

THE GREAT EXHIBITION

What were the real aims behind the Exhibition, and how were they fulfilled?  Why was it such a huge success?

Prasannajit De Silva

NOTE – Sale of tickets for Tour of the Albert Hall (and in the afternoon group visit to Kensington Palace or free time) on Tuesday 28 April has been postponed to 18 February & 17 March lectures


18 February 2020

THREE BALTIC CAPITALS 

This lecture looks at the rich cultural heritage of three distinctive capitals – Vilnius, Riga and Tallin.

Professor Anne Anderson

Anne has provided a reading list for those who would like a more in-depth look into the subject of the lecture.

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17 March 2020

CANCELLED

Note: March Lecture Change

We have a late change to our March Lecture.  Instead of the Art of Dance, we will be hearing from Dr Tom Flynn on; 

THE 20th CENTURY ART MARKET

Dr Flynn is a UK-based art historian, writer and art consultant.  He has published widely on the global art market, contemporary sculpture, museology and art and design history.  He is the author of The A to Z of the International Art Market published by Bloomsbury Press in 2016.

Dr Tom Flynn

THE ART OF DANCE

Jennifer Toynbee Holmes

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21 April 2020

CANCELLED

PASSIONATE POTTERS, de MORGAN – LEACH

William Morris led a revolution against the products of the machine age.  William de Morgan was a friend of Morris who rediscovered the secrets of Near Eastern lustre glazes.  In contrast, the eccentric and argumentative Martin Brothers created a range of elaborate salt glazed pots unparalleled in their imaginative breadth.  Sir Edmund Elton, the ‘potter baronet’ made pots which combine startling glazes with exotic forms.  And finally, Bernard Leach, the father of English studio pottery, not only married the arts of Japan and England but created a legacy that is still alive today.  This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations.

Julian Richards

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19 May 2020

CANCELLED

THE BAUHAUS

This is the story of Germany’s most famous design school, bitterly attacked in its day during the 1920’s but one which has had a profound effect on modern buildings and interiors.

Anthea Streeter

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16 June 2020

CANCELLED

SEX IN THE CITY – HOGARTH AND 18TH CENTURY LONDON

This lecture looks at how Hogarth used his work to wage his war against London’s sex trade and child poverty.  He then progressed to be a successful painter and philanthropist.

Julia Musgrave

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21 July 2020

CANCELLED

AGM at 10amDoors open at 9.30am

‘YOU RANG M’LUD’. ARCHITECTURE OF HOUSEHOLD STAFF IN LATE MEDIEVAL CASTLES

We will view castles through the eyes of the ordinary folk.  This is a story of masons, carpenters, cooks, clerks, servants and stable hands.

James Wright

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