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Programme for 2022‑23

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March 3rd (Thursday)

Hogarth Marriage a-la-mode 2

Outing:  Tate Britain

to view the exhibition "Hogarth and Europe"

Report and photos


March 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

diamond choker

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)

Bridge of Sighs Cambridge

Group Holiday:  University City of Cambridge

Photos


April 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

signpost to bronte locations

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)

Champs Hill art exhibition by Jonathan Cross

Outing:  Champs Hill Coldwaltham

for a private viewing of their Summer Exhibition

Photos


May 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Cruikshank cartoon - Old Bumblehead

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)

Samuel Beckett Bridge At Sunset Dublin

Group Holiday:  Co. Waterford & Dublin

Photos


June 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

Lully's Opera

Late change:

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)

opened fan

Outing:  The Fan Museum and the Painted Hall Greenwich

Photos


July 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Paul Cezanne

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)

Lake Bled

Group Holiday:  Slovenia & Zagreb

Further details


September 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Clothworkers' Master Badge

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.

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

NB: the evening meeting will be preceded by an Extraordinary General Meeting at 6.45pm


October 14th (Friday)

Marble Hill House 1749

Outing:  Marble Hill and Turner's House

Further details


October 16th (Sunday) to 20th (Thursday)

Ribblehead Viaduct

Group Holiday:  Yorkshire Dales

Further details


October 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm

St Donats Castle Glamorgan

Castles: the unquenchable thirst of William Randolph Hearst

The unparalleled extravagance of the places he lived in and loved.


November 12th (Saturday)

happy audience

Special Interest Morning:  TBA


November 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm

photo Dowager Empress CIXI

The Dowager Empress CIXI: ruling from behind the yellow silk screen

From relative obscurity as a low-ranking consort we explore the events that led to her confirmation as Dowager Empress CIXI in 1861.


December 7th (Wednesday)

Hever Castle at sunset

Hever Castle and Gardens - Christmas lunch and light trail

Further details


2023


January 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

Dame Laura Knight circa 1910

Dame Laura Knight

An overview of her fascinating career and some of the remarkable achievements of her long life.


February 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm

drawing of housekeeper 1908

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


April 10th (Monday) to 16th (Sunday)

Lake Maggiore

Tour:  The Italian Lakes and Milan

Now open for bookings!

Further information