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Programme for 2020‑21

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March 4th (Wednesday)

Tutankhamun embraces Osiris

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

Report and Photos

March 14th (Saturday)

cinema interior cartoon

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?


March 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Reclining figure

Modern British Sculpture 1900 - 1950


April 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

New Dawn installation

New Dawn in the Houses of Parliament


April 29th (Wednesday)

Sculpture in garden

Outing:  A return visit to Champs Hill Coldwaltham


May 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

grapes stirred in barrel

A Brief Story of Wine


May 29th (Friday)


Outing:  Leonardslee Gardens

Rearranged for May 2021

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

Lindisfarne Castle

Tour:  Northumbrian Highlights

Postponed until June 2021

June 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

boats on canal

The Architecture of Canals, History and Heritage


July 15th (Wednesday)

RMS Titanic

Outing:  Guided tour of Sea City (Titanic)


July 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

opened fan

Treasures of the Fan Museum


September 7th (Monday)

Painted Hall of Greenwich Hospital

Outing:  The Fan Museum and the Painted Hall Greenwich


September 23rd

Bauhaus building

Vimeo Production - The Bauhaus: Idea and Reality

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.

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

Lake Maggiore

Tour:  The Italian Lakes & Milan

Postponed until September 2021

October 28th - 2pm

painting of outback

Zoom lecture - Post-war Australian Art

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.

November 14th (Saturday)

happy audience

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


November 25th - 2pm

militant banner on fawcett statue

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

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


Dickensian Christmas

Christmas Celebrations


January 27th - 2pm

underground station

Zoom lecture - 150 years of Underground Design

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.

February 24th - 2pm

Mark Hill and glass vases

Zoom lecture - 20th Century Glass – new markets

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

The AGM preceded this talk on Zoom