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Friday Lunch & Lecture – Agatha Christie – Queen of Crime

Mar 11 2022, 1.00 pm - Mar 11 2022, 4.30 pm

Dame Agatha Christie has been dead for more than forty years but remains a household name and is still the bestselling author of all time. Fellow crime writer Diane Janes…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – My Daubs: The Paintings of Winston Churchill

Jan 28 2022, 1.00 pm - Jan 28 2022, 4.30 pm

Churchill came to fine art in middle age. This lecture explains why the great man began to paint, the subjects he chose and the style he adopted. All-comers welcome. Includes…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – The Greatest Painting in the World: The Ghent Altarpiece with Wayne Bennett

Mar 4 2022, 1.00 pm - Mar 4 2022, 4.00 pm

This lecture will appeal to those with an interest in art and cultural history. This talk will explain the significance of this extraordinary work painted at a time when Europe…

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Monday Lunch & Lecture – Pre-Raphaelite Storytelling

Feb 7 2022, 1.00 pm -

To complement the exhibition Rossetti’s Portraits at the Holburne Museum, Bath, this lecture will not only expand upon the foundation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, its original membership and philosophy within…

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Monday Lunch & Lecture – The Wilton Diptych

Sep 5 2022, 1.00 pm -

The Wilton Diptych is one of the treasures of the National Gallery in London.  The diptych commemorates King Richard II and is a rarity being one of very few medieval…

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Sunday Lecture – Ancient Egypt at the Movies with Mike Hope

Nov 27 2022, 2.00 pm - Nov 27 2022, 4.00 pm

The twentieth century’s single greatest contribution to the Arts – namely film- also saw the birth of curse of the Mummy in films. Indeed Hollywood and Ancient Egypt have been…

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Sunday Lecture – Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance with Mike Hope

Oct 23 2022, 2.00 pm - Oct 23 2022, 4.00 pm

This lecture will look at and assess the rise of and demands for lifelike portraiture amongst the growing wealthy elites of Northern Europe. In turn the employment of new materials…

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Sunday Lecture – Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance with Mike Hope

Oct 23 2022, 2.00 pm - Oct 23 2022, 4.00 pm

This lecture will look at and assess the rise of and demands for lifelike portraiture amongst the growing wealthy elites of Northern Europe. In turn the employment of new materials…

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Sunday Lecture – The House as a Machine for Living in: Approaches of Modern Architecture Towards the Domestic House with Mike Hope

Feb 20 2022, 2.00 pm - Feb 20 2022, 4.00 pm

Since Le Corbusier’s famous quote in 1923 (Toward an Architecture) Modernist architects have grappled with the seemingly impossible conundrum of creating an efficient and beautiful yet warm and inviting home.…

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Sunday Lecture – The Ideal Village: The History and Progress of Rural and Urban Villages from 1720-2020 with Mike Hope

Feb 6 2022, 2.00 pm - Feb 6 2022, 4.00 pm

This lecture will examine the lengthy and often chequered history of the provision of housing and specialist developments, both rural and urban, from estate cottages to Port Sunlight to Portmeirion,…

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Thursday Lunch & Lecture – Alexander II – The Tsar Who Needed Nine Lives

Jan 20 2022, 1.00 pm -

Alexander II was grandfather to Nicholas II, the last of Russia’s Tsars.  He introduced the first Glasnost or thawing of Russian absolutism, but rather than making things better it made…

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Wednesday Lunch & Lecture – Honfleur: Cradle of Impressionism

Jun 1 2022, 1.00 pm -

The coastal town of Honfleur in Normandy was a popular destination for artists in the early 19th century.  It was also home to Eugene Boudin who was one of the…

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