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

Oct 29 2021, 1.00 pm - Oct 29 2021, 4.00 pm

Arguably the greatest painting of the 20th century, Picasso’s Guernica was a defiant statement hewn out of the barbarity of civil war in Spain yet painted in a loft many…

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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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Friday Lunch & Lecture – The Story of the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial

Nov 19 2021, 1.00 pm - Nov 19 2021, 3.00 pm

‘A mound of treasures from far countries was fetched aboard her’ : The Story of the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial. In the early seventh century a great ship was dragged…

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Sunday Coffee Concert Piano Recital – Professors of Ragtime

Oct 24 2021, 10.45 am - Oct 24 2021, 1.00 pm

RAGTIME PRODUCES HYSTERIA, INSANITY – ragtime is not music, it is a disease” claims doctor. This ragtime-era headline celebrated the world’s first pop music craze, 100 years ago.  Scott Joplin,…

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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 – 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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