Programme for 2022‑23
March 3rd (Thursday)
Outing: Tate Britain
to view the exhibition "Hogarth and Europe"
March 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
From Downton to Gatsby:
Jewellery and Fashion from 1890 to 1929
A guide through the extraordinary decades and events between 1890 and 1929, where the great couturiers collaborated with the finest of jewellers to produce jewels and clothes of outstanding quality and glittering opulence.
April 4th (Monday) to 7th (Thursday)
Group Holiday: University City of Cambridge
April 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Writers and relics: a brief history of literary tourism
What is it that makes us so interested in seeing where great literature began? A journey through the history of literary tourism in the UK.
May 11th (Wednesday)
Outing: Champs Hill Coldwaltham
for a private viewing of their Summer Exhibition
May 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Art of the Cartoonist
Tracing the history from early practitioners like Cruickshank and Hogarth, to more contemporary artists such as Giles and Schulz.
View our celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee here
June 12th (Sunday) to 17th (Friday)
Group Holiday: Co. Waterford & Dublin
June 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
The History of Opera from 1600 to the Present Day
Unfortunately, Georgina Bexon was indisposed and unable to present the planned lecture on the art and architecture of Sri Lanka.
Instead, her brother educated and entertained us magnificently.
July 5th (Tuesday)
Outing: The Fan Museum and the Painted Hall Greenwich
July 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Cezanne: the (unlikely) father of modern art
How was it that a reclusive, deeply devout anti-modernist came to be the founder of modern art, a towering figure described by Matisse as ‘the father of us all’?
September 18th (Sunday) to 24th (Saturday)
Group Holiday: Slovenia & Zagreb
September 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Behind the London livery companies: objects and stories
The origins and history of the livery companies and the role of the Lord Mayor of London.
An Extraordinary General Meeting preceded the evening meeting
October 14th (Friday)
Outing: Marble Hill and Turner's House
October 16th (Sunday) to 20th (Thursday)
Group Holiday: Yorkshire Dales
October 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Castles: the unquenchable thirst of William Randolph Hearst
The unparalleled extravagance of the places he lived in and loved.
November 12th (Saturday)
Special Interest Morning
Two fascinating talks by prize winning Blue Badge Guide Rachel Kolsky
November 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Dowager Empress CIXI: ruling from behind the yellow silk screen
From relative obscurity as a low-ranking consort we explored the events that led to her confirmation as Dowager Empress CIXI in 1861.
December 7th (Wednesday)
Hever Castle and Gardens - Christmas lunch and light trail
January 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Dame Laura Knight
An overview of her fascinating career and some of the remarkable achievements of her long life.
February 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Housekeeper’s Tale: the women who really ran the country house
Grace Higgens joined the unconventional Bell household aged 15. For the next 50 years she propped up the Bloomsbury set in London and Charleston in E.Sussex.
The AGM will precede the afternoon talk
Non-members are welcome at this and future talks.
Please contact our Membership Secretary
February 27th (Monday)