Programme for 2020-21

For 2019-20 click here

March 4th (Wednesday)

Outing:  Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh"

Report and Photos
Tutankhamun embraces Osiris

March 14th (Saturday)

Special Interest Morning: What makes a Great Film?

Richard Cupidi returns to talk about his other love, film.  He takes well-known films and looks at why they are great.  What is the key?

cinema interior cartoon

March 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Modern British Sculpture 1900 - 1950

Anna Moszynska


Reclining figure

April 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

New Dawn in the Houses of Parliament

Mary Branson

Mary is a local artist who recently was the Artist-in-Residence at the Palace of Westminster.  Hear first-hand how this outstanding work of art in glass was developed.

New Dawn installation

April 29th (Wednesday)

Outing:  A return visit to Champs Hill Coldwaltham

Cancelled by venue

Members who have already bought tickets will receive a refund

Sculpture in garden

May 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

A Brief Story of Wine

David Wright

David has been importing and distributing wine for over 25 years.  Learn of its history and why David considers wine to be an essential ingredient for a contented life.

grapes stirred in barrel

May 29th (Friday)

Outing:  Leonardslee Gardens

Further details

June 6th (Saturday) to 11th (Thursday)

Tour:  Northumbrian Highlights

Further details
Lindisfarne Castle

June 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Architecture of Canals, History and Heritage

Roger Butler

Canals pass through and over wonderful countryside and over time boat owners developed their own artistic style.  Roger will let us into some of the secrets of canals.

boats on canal

July 15th (Wednesday)

Outing:  Guided tour of Sea City (Titanic)

Further details
RMS Titanic

July 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Treasures of the Fan Museum

Jacob Moss

Jacob is curator of the only Fan Museum in Britain.  Based in Greenwich it houses numerous and diverse fans from around the world, dating back to the 12th Century.  We will hear how fans are part of satire, fine art and different cultures.  Note that a visit to the Fan Museum and the Painted Hall Greenwich is planned for September.

opened fan

September 7th (Monday)

Outing:  The Fan Museum and the Painted Hall Greenwich

Further details
Painted Hall of Greenwich Hospital

September 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Bauhaus: Idea and Reality

Gavin Plumley

The welcome return of Gavin just as the 100th anniversary year of Bauhaus comes to an end.  Hear about the lives of the Bauhaus artists and designers and how their work revolutionised the world we inhabit.

Bauhaus building

October 5th (Monday) to 11th (Sunday)

Tour:  The Italian Lakes & Milan

Further details
Lake Maggiore

October 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Post-war Australian Art

Paul Chapman

Apart from a 'few notables' e.g. Sidney Nolan, much Australian fine art is neglected in Britain.  There are many talented and inventive artists and it certainly has a place in Western art.  Prepare to be surprised!

painting of outback

November 14th (Saturday)

Special Interest Morning: In search of Stravinsky's piano teacher

Following his enthusiatically received talk in January, we are delighted to welcome back lecturer and pianist Dr Graham Griffiths

happy audience

November 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Jewellery from Downton to Gatsby

Andrew Prince

Andrew is a jewellery craftsman and historian.  He was commissioned to make several pieces of jewellery for the Downton Abbey series.

diamond tiara

December (Details to follow)

Christmas Celebration

Dickensian Christmas


January 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

150 years of Underground Design

Mark Ovenden

Mark is a transport design historian; he is known for his sense of humour and is highly regarded by audiences both live and in the media.

underground station

February 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

20th Century Glass – new markets

Mark Hill

A welcome return of Mark Hill, highly knowledgeable on 20th C art and design and particularly glass.  Often seen on the Antiques Road Show, where he is an expert on mid-century objects.

The AGM will precede the afternoon talk at 1.45pm

Mark Hill and glass vases