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Programme for 2021‑22

Programme Secretary
Liz Trickett / Jacqui Camfield

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All arrangements subject to change - please check regularly for updates

March 24th - 2pm

Timothy Walker in the garden

Zoom lecture - The Subtle Science and Art of Colour in English Garden Design

We discovered why gardening can rank as fine art.  A former director of Oxford University’s Botanic Garden, our speaker says ‘Gardens are places where science and art meet on equal terms’.

April 14th (Wednesday)


Outing:  The Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle


April 28th - 2pm

ornate station clock

Zoom lecture - Great Railway Stations

A welcome return of our speaker to describe a journey round glorious stations in the UK and abroad, some immortalised in art.

May 26th - 2pm

Beethoven with music score

Zoom lecture - The Genius of Beethoven

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.  We learned more about the subtlety of his music from our celebrated speaker.

May 27th (Thursday)


Outing:  Leonardslee Gardens, Horsham


June 7th (Monday)

Sculpture in garden

Outing:  A return visit to Champs Hill Coldwaltham

Report and photos

June 23rd - 2pm ONLY

Henry Moore reclining figure

Zoom lecture - Modern British Sculpture

Anna shows us why British Sculptors during the 20th Century pioneered sculpture throughout the world.

Non-members are welcome to join this and future talks.
Please contact our Membership Secretary

The link to access this talk will be sent to members and registered guests by Tuesday 22nd June

June 25th (Friday) to 30th (Wednesday)

Lindisfarne Castle

Group Holiday:  Northumbrian Highlights

Further details

July 15th (Thursday)

RMS Titanic

Outing:  SeaCity Museum and the Tudor House, Southampton

Further details

July 28th - 2pm

New Dawn installation

Zoom lecture - "New Dawn" in the Houses of Parliament

Mary is a local artist and she will show us how she worked on a National Project, to create the first piece of conceptual art to be installed in Palace of Westminster.

August 4th (Wednesday)

the glasshouse Wisley

Outing:  The new Hilltop Centre at RHS Wisley Gardens

Further details

September 9th (Thursday)

Buckingham Palace Gardens

Outing:  Buckingham Palace Gardens

Further details

September 22nd (Wednesday) to 28th (Tuesday)

Lake Maggiore

Group Holiday:  The Italian Lakes & Milan

Further details

Please note: timings for subsequent talks are provisional and depend on meetings being allowed to return to the Arts Centre
If this is not possible talks will continue on Zoom starting at 2pm only

September 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

boats on canal

Canal History and Heritage

The network of British canals and the lives and traditions associated with them.

October 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

grapes stirred in barrel

A Brief History of Wine

There is rich evidence going back 7,000 years of wine being around as witnessed in art, vessels, buildings and literature.

November 13th (Saturday)

piano interior

Special Interest Morning:  Leokadiya Kashperova and Stravinsky

The story played on The Art Centre’s beautiful piano, of our speaker’s research into this relatively unknown hugely talented female Russian composer.

November 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm

drawing of housekeeper 1908

The Housekeeper’s Tale

The woman who really ran the country house.  We will hear about the housekeeper who for 50 years propped up the Bloomsbury set both in London and Sussex.

December 14th (Tuesday)

illuminated botanic garden - geograph 992836

Outing:  Wisley Glow

Further details


Dickensian Christmas

Christmas Festivities

- To be arranged


January 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

opened fan

Treasures of the Fan Museum

This museum in Greenwich is the only one dedicated to fans.  They start early in 11thC.  There are rarities both from UK and abroad.  Fans have a language and significance.

February 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Peasant and the Birdnester

Bruegel, the Seasons and the World

In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp ...

The AGM will precede the evening talk at 7.15pm

April 4th (Monday) to 7th (Thursday)

Bridge of Sighs Cambridge

Group Holiday:  University City of Cambridge

Further details