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Programme of Events for 2014-15

March 13th (Thursday)
Outing:  Vikings - Life and Legend
Lecture and Exhibition at the British Museum.

Members' impressions:

Rosemary Easter

Sylvia and Malcolm Wright

March 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Medieval Wall Paintings
Roger Rosewell FSA

Demonstrating the wonderment and riot of colour, which once enhanced and embraced Christian worship and still has the power to astonish and delight in churches.

Lecture Report

April 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
Shock! Horror! Probe!
The Art and Artifice of Fleet Street

Dr Geri Parlby

The Daily Courant 1702 was the country's first newspaper. Since then Fleet Street has been synonymous with newspaper journalism. We look at the ups and downs of the notorious 'Street of Shame' via the art that illustrates its stories.

Lecture Report

May 1st (Thursday)
Outing:  Stratfield Saye
A private viewing of Wellington's country house
and estate specially for Cranleigh DFAS.

Report and Photos

May 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Wren's Churches and the City of London Churches
Tony Tucker

This lecture takes us on a 'walk' through the City focusing on the many churches designed by Wren. Having come late to architecture, Wren is best known for the new St Pauls, after the Great Fire, but did design many more.

Lecture Report

June 12th (Thursday)
Outing:  The Olympic Legacy - A Tour of the Olympic site and the Thames Cable Car.

Report and Photos

June 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
An Introduction to Russian Art
from Medieval to the 20C

Theodora Clarke

This lecture will provide us with a journey through the development of Russian Art up to modern times. We will meet talented artists, some new to us, exemplifying the wealth of art in and from Russia.

Lecture Report

July 18th (Friday)
Outing:  The Genius of Wren
A guided walking tour with Tony Tucker,
following his May lecture.

Report and Photos

July 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
Handel in London
Sarah Lenton

Sarah has spent most of her working life in the theatre, particularly the Royal Opera House and the London Coliseum. In this lecture she will provide us with her knowledge of the time Handel was in London, illustrated by his music.

Lecture Report

September 11th (Thursday)
Outing:  Farley Farm House
"Home of the Surrealists" (morning),
the Towner Eastbourne (afternoon).

Report and Photos

September 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Wandering through the Nomadic Tribes of Iran and Afghanistan
Brian Macdonald

This lecture is illustrated by the woven art of the nomads as they moved over territories they have travelled for generations. You will have the opportunity to see examples of their fabulous weaving.

Lecture Report

October 10th (Friday)
Outing:  Women of the Great War

Visits to Imperial War Museum and
Florence Nightingale Museum
A Blue Badge guided visit

Report and Photos

October 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Day Parliament Burned Down
Dr Caroline Shenton

On 16 October 1834, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament creating an enormous blaze. It destroyed the glorious old buildings and we will learn how the tragedy was immortalised by Turner.

Lecture Report

November 8th (Saturday)
Special Interest Day

The Huguenots in Britain
           – their Cultural Heritage

by Blue Badge Guide and Freeman of the City of London, Sue Jackson BA MITG. Lectures cover the cultural heritage of the Huguenots, the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields and how tea and coffee sparked off an English social revolution.


November 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm
El Greco and Toledo
Siān Helen Walters MA (Cantab)

Marking his 400th anniversary, this lecture traces the extraordinary stylistic development of El Greco,
concentrating in particular on the latter half of his career
which was spent in his adopted city of Toledo.

Lecture Report

December 3rd
Christmas Party

Much enjoyed once again!

January 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Rome, EUR and the Architecture of Fascism in Italy
Dr Sarah Pearson

When Mussolini came to power, he sought to emulate Roman Emperors by reshaping Rome. We learn about these showpieces of fascist architecture (Foro Italico, Sapienza University and the EUR district) and the art and sculpture which decorate them.

Lecture Report

February 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm

The Art of Waterloo

Peter Warwick

To commemorate the bicentenary in 2015, this special lecture offers an artistic and cultural appreciation of one of the most famous battles of all time, illustrated by contemporary artists, who influence our understanding.

Lecture Report