Lecture Programme

Date Event
10th July

Exploring Lost Royal Interiors (Jonathan Foyle)

imageThis talk reconstructs and explores some of the more interesting royal interiors that have been lost to time, yet which can be recovered by research. The main focus is six examples of royal interiors in the London area that we can basically reconstruct and interpret to reveal insights into the character of their patrons, set in chronological order from the fourteenth century to the nineteenth: Hampton Court, Westminster, Windsor and Kew feature among them

9th October

New Tate Modern - Much More than Just a Pile of Bricks (Ian Swankie)

imageIn June 2016 Tate Modern opened its doors to the stunning new Switch House and immediately set the new gold standard for museum design. Tate Modern is the most visited modern art museum in the world and this lecture is a chance to experience the highlights of the collection without the crowds

13th November

Promenade Parisienne - A Walk with the Impressionists through 19th Century Paris (Brian Healey)

imageThe landscape of Paris changed dramatically with the arrival of Louis Napoléon. Ramshackle medieval streets were replaced by elegant apartment blocks and broad boulevards. All this and more besides is recorded in fascinating detail by artists such as Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Monet and Caillebotte, to name but a few

11th December

The Secret Language of Sacred Spaces - Religious Architecture of the World (Jon Cannon)

imageFrom Chartres Cathedral to Angkor Wat, religion has been the inspiration for many of the greatest buildings of the world. This lecture explains the architecture of each of the major faith traditions, revealing how it is shaped by their rituals and beliefs. It briefly covers the sacred architecture of such early societies as Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Americas before focusing on the living faiths

8th January

The Wind in the Willows Revisited through its Illustrators (John Ericson)

imageThe beauty of Kenneth Grahame’s prose is widely acknowledged but the story is so full of wonderful imagery that it almost demands to be illustrated. First published in 1908 without illustration, the classic tale has been in print ever since. What is less well known is that it has been illustrated by more than ninety artists – making it the most widely illustrated book in the English language

12th February

Aqua Triumphalis: Power, Pageantry and the Thames (Peter Warwick)

imageFrom the mid-fifteenth century the River Thames has been an important and colourful part of the national story. It has been the inspiration for artists and architects, including Canaletto, Doré, Kent, Turner and Wren. It continues to be the stage for royal ritual, cheerful and solemn river pageants, palaces and pleasure gardens and the ceremonial barges of the City of London Livery Companies and the Crown

12th March

Forty Shades of Green! Gardening in Ireland, Past and Present (Tom Duncan)

imageThe history of gardening in Ireland broadly reflects the changes in Irish society over the last few hundred years. From the wild and romantic landscape style of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to recent years when there has been a true renaissance of gardens and gardening: old gardens restored and new gardens created, including Helen Dillon’s marvellous garden in Dublin

9th April

Judas - the Wickedest Man that Ever Lived? (Janet Robson)

imageJudas Iscariot, the betrayer of Christ, has both fascinated and frightened artists, thinkers, and ordinary Christians through the ages. Follow his pictorial journey from early Christian Rome through medieval manuscripts, French gothic cathedral sculptures, Italian frescoes, German altarpieces, all the way to musicals, Hollywood movies and Laurence Whistler’s controversial ‘forgiveness window’ in Dorset

14th May

Burned, Bombed or Bulldozed - Britain's Lost Houses (Matthew Williams)

imageThere is something incomparably romantic about a long-lost country house, and although Britain still possesses some of the finest of these architectural treasures, many have been destroyed. This lecture tells the story of just some of these losses to our national heritage – destroyed for a variety of reasons: neglect, arson, enemy action, incompetence, family rivalry, financial disaster or even insanity!

11th June

The Anatomy of Collecting - the History of Collecting (Marc Allum)

imageAntiques Roadshow specialist Marc Allum charts the history and psychology of collecting, from our ancient ancestors to some of history’s most celebrated collectors and collections. A self-confessed 'collectaholic' himself, his talk will include fascinating and eclectic objects from his own collection as well as others' passionate obsession with hunting down art, antiques and a range of weird and wonderful items

9th July

Red, White & Blue - a Story of Three Colours in Art (Alexandra Epps)

imageThe symbolism, significance and spirituality of colour throughout the history of art. Experience the power of the red of the Tudors, the utopian white of Abstraction, the secret formula of Klein blue and Mondrian’s dynamic combination of all three