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Programme of Events for 2015-16

March 12th (Thursday)
Outing:  The National Portrait Gallery
including the John Singer Sargent exhibition
‘Portraits of Artists and Friends’

Report and Photo

March 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Royal Jewels from Tsars to Maharajahs
Joanna Hardy

One of the Antiques Road Show experts, who specialises in jewellery through the ages, talks to us on this fascinating subject.

Lecture Report

April 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Legendary Lee Miller
- by her son, Antony Penrose

Antony is the author of several books about his mother and father (Roland Penrose, the Art Historian) and the many artists from the 20th Century with whom they have worked and who were guests at Farley Farm House, which we too visited recently.

Lecture Report

April 24th (Friday)
Outing:  The British Library
Magna Carta exhibition and Guided Tour

Visit Report

May 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
War Artists – Paul Nash, CRW Nevinson and the Great War
Dr David Boyd Haycock

David specialises in the history of WW1 and in particular the artists who captured the period for posterity.

Lecture Report

June 11th (Thursday)
Outing:  Hughenden Manor and West Wycombe Park

Report and Photos

June 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Role of the Arts in Prison
Angela Findlay

Angela, a multi-faceted artist herself, has witnessed the positive effects art can bring to people who are behind bars. It can be very therapeutic and help towards the recovery of their pride and self confidence.

Lecture Report

July 17th (Friday)
Outing:  The Royal Hospital Chelsea
and Chelsea Physic Garden

Report and Photos

July 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
John Constable and the Making of Masterpieces
Dr Susan Owens

This lecture is connected to an exhibition being held at the V&A, which began in September 2014. Through Constable’s art we are invited to see what signifies a masterpiece.

September 18th (Friday)
Outing:  walking tour of Spitalfields
and the Huguenot area of London,
with an afternoon visit to the Geffrye Museum

Report and Photos

September 23rd - 2pm & 7.30pm
Love and Loss: the story of Orpheus & Eurydice
in Art and Music

Dr Lois Oliver

This lecture explores the art & music on the theme & myth of Orpheus & his beloved Eurydice, with a rich array of paintings & musical examples from Monteverdi, Gluck & Offenbach, even taking in the Can-Can!

Lecture Report

October 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Faber & Faber – Its Design and History
Toby Faber

The lecture is presented by the grandson of the founder of this famous publishing house. He focuses on the artists, designers and people from the world of the arts in general who have worked with and within the Company.

Lecture Report

November 14th (Saturday)
Special Interest Day - The Romanovs: Tyrants and Martyrs of Imperial Russia

led by the well-known and experienced Art Historian, Douglas Skeggs


November 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
The Victorian House around the World
Roger Mitchell

Roger shows us examples of how houses were designed and built across the world during this inventive period of history.

Lecture Report
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December 2nd (Wednesday)
Christmas Party

December 13th (Sunday)
Outing:  Christmas Carol Singalong
at The Royal Albert Hall


January 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
From Magic Lantern to MGM
Dr Geri Parlby

Geri lectured to us previously on the Art and Artifice of Fleet Street and, by popular demand, made a return visit with this new lecture which she has developed to recognise the artistry of film making.

Lecture Report

February 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Romancing the Rails
– Posters of British Railways

Charles Harris

We have all seen some of the beautiful railway posters of the past. Charles will bring us examples from when passenger railways began to encourage people, through art, to take the train.

Lecture Report