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Programme for 2018‑19

March 24th (Saturday)

Life of the diligent Shaker sect

Special Interest Morning:  The Shakers of the US

We welcomed back Richard Cupidi to explore the history, traditions and community life of this intriguing Christian sect


March 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Van Dyck portrait

Foreigners in London; 1520-1677: artists who changed the course of British art

How the art from different cultures in the 16th & 17th Centuries added to the future richness of British art.


April 18th (Wednesday)

Royal Mail vans and cycles

Outing:  The People's Post

Report and Photos

April 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Vienna café scene

The Art & Culture of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

At the turn of the 19th Century Vienna was the capital of a vast empire and the centre for some of the most exciting artists, musicians and scientists.  Among these luminaries were Klimt, Schiele, Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud.


May 6th (Sunday) to 8th (Tuesday)

Suffolk beach

Tour:  Suffolk Coast & Countryside

Photo and holiday details

May 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Racing car

Mille Miglia: cars and culture

This lecture was about the Italian race, the Mille Miglia and the route taken, having appeal for members with interest in cars, speed and Italy.


May 24th (Thursday)

Blue Idol Quaker meeting house

Outing:  The Blue Idol & Warminghurst Church


June 14th (Thursday)

Mottisfont Abbey

Outing:  Mottisfont Abbey

Report and Photos

June 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm


Arts of Zen: Aesthetics of Simplicity

In this talk we discovered the links in Japanese art with one of their main religions.

July 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

marble head

Art in the Shadow of St Pauls

Ian took us to the immediate environs of St Pauls and surprised us by the rich vein of street art from the early 1700s to the present day.  We discovered monuments, unusual structures, hidden gardens, modern art & the little know ‘coffin entrance’ by Sir Christopher Wren.


September 18th (Tuesday) to 25th (Tuesday)

Valletta harbour

Tour:  Discover Malta

Report and Photos

September 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

artists in conflict

Paint Brushes at Dawn: Great Artworld Feuds, Disputes and Rows

Periods of art have usually had disputes between artists and these and the reasons for them are always a popular topic.


October 3rd (Wednesday)

suffragette badge

Outing:  Women’s Suffrage 1918-2018


October 20th (Saturday)

Westminster Abbey

Outing:  Choral Tour of Westminster Abbey

Report and Photos

October 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm


Thomas Heatherwick

The architect, Thomas Heatherwick, is famous for the London Olympic ‘flames’ and much more.  Terence Conran called Heatherwick ‘The Leonardo da Vinci of our Times’.


November 24th (Saturday)


Special Interest Day:  Inspired by Stonehenge

Known by some as ‘Mr Stonehenge’, Julian Richards is an authority on this national treasure.


November 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm

suffragette badge

Votes for Women: Art and the Suffragettes

A welcome return by Caroline, this time in the centenary year of ‘Votes for Women’.  This was a talk for all, to celebrate the lives of the Suffragettes, brave and forward thinking women.


November 30th (Friday)

Waddesdon Manor

Outing:  Waddesdon Manor at Christmas


December 8th (Saturday)

Bertie Pearce

Special Guest Event:  Magic for Christmas

Friends were invited to be amazed and entertained by that delightful Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle



January 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Bach family

The Music and Life of JS Bach

This was a talk on the amazing JS Bach illustrated by art, singing and recitals.


February 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Mayan temples

The Magnificent Maya – Fact & Fantasy

This ancient civilisation created exquisite art, ancient pyramids, a complex writing form, an intricate calendar and most importantly chocolate.


The AGM preceded the afternoon talk