Programme for 2020-21

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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


New Dawn installation

April 29th (Wednesday)

Outing:  A return visit to Champs Hill Coldwaltham


Sculpture in garden

May 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

A Brief Story of Wine

David Wright


grapes stirred in barrel

May 29th (Friday)

Outing:  Leonardslee Gardens

Rearranged for May 2021


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

Tour:  Northumbrian Highlights

Postponed until June 2021

Lindisfarne Castle

June 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Architecture of Canals, History and Heritage

Roger Butler


boats on canal

July 15th (Wednesday)

Outing:  Guided tour of Sea City (Titanic)


RMS Titanic

July 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Treasures of the Fan Museum

Jacob Moss


opened fan

September 7th (Monday)

Outing:  The Fan Museum and the Painted Hall Greenwich


Painted Hall of Greenwich Hospital

From September 23rd

Vimeo Production - The Bauhaus: Idea and Reality

Gavin Plumley

Gavin kindly prepared this online presentation celebrating the centenary of the Bauhaus.  We heard about the lives of the Bauhaus artists and designers and how their work revolutionised the world we inhabit.

Further details
Bauhaus building

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

Tour:  The Italian Lakes & Milan

Postponed until September 2021

Lake Maggiore

October 28th - 2pm

Zoom lecture - 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.  Paul's colourful and eye-catching talk corrected any preconceptions in that regard.

painting of outback

November 14th (Saturday)

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

Dr Graham Griffiths


happy audience

November 25th - 2pm

Zoom lecture - Fashion, Fury and Feminism: Women's fight for change

Tessa Boase

Tessa has written recently in The Arts Society Magazine about the struggle for recognition of otherwise unsung female high achievers.

militant banner on fawcett statue


Christmas Celebrations

Dickensian Christmas


January 27th - 2pm

Zoom lecture - 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

Zoom lecture - 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.

Mark Hill and glass vases