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Programme of Events for 2017-18

March 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
Thy Trembling Strings – Regency Harp and Harp-Lute
Sarah Deere-Jones

A live musical treat with the harp & the harp-lute, illustrated by paintings displaying the elegance of the early 19thC

Lecture Review

April 1st (Saturday)
Special Interest Morning:  Jacob Lawrence
American Artist 1917 – 2000

Richard Cupidi returns by popular demand to talk this time about a painter considered to be the most widely acclaimed African American artist of the 20th Century

Lecture Reviews

April 21st (Friday)
Outing:  Whitchurch Silk Mill
and Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

Report and Photos

April 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Discover the paintings you own – the public catalogue
Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac

In 2003, a catalogue recording all oil paintings in British public ownership was established. The talk offers an insider's view of this unique project

Lecture Review

May 7th (Sunday) to 12th (Friday)
Tour:  The Art & History of Liverpool


May 17th (Wednesday)
Outing:  Great Dixter House and Gardens

Report and Photos

May 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm
William Cobbett and James Gillray
Dr Richard Thomas

William Cobbett (1763-1835) a well-known Farnham journalist had public spats with James Gillray (1736-1815) an equally famous, savage political cartoonist; a talk illustrated by art and cartoons of the day

Lecture Review

June 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
A Potted History of Britain
Julian Richards

A genuine British 'potted history' about ceramics starting 6,000 years ago to the rise of the 19thC art potteries

Lecture Review

July 13th (Thursday)
Outing:  Backstage Tour of the National Theatre

Report and Photos

July 26th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Wonder Workers & the Art of Illusion
Bertie Pearce

The history of magic through art and pictures from a Gold Star member of the Magic Circle

Lecture Review

September 23rd (Saturday) to 30th (Saturday)
Tour:  A Taste of Medieval Italy


September 27th - 2pm & 7.30pm
1900 to Now – Indestructible Theatre
Giles Ramsay

A view of the theatre in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Lecture Review

October 25th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Let There Be Light
Alexandra Drysdale

In art the depiction of light can express emotions e.g. from El Greco showing spiritual ecstasy to the dangerous darkness of Caravaggio. Light also creates differences between Australian and European Impressionism

November 11th (Saturday)
Special Interest Day:
The Genius that is Michelangelo

Shirley Smith led the day, considering his paintings, sculptures and poetry within the political and religious setting of the period


November 22nd - 2pm & 7.30pm
Lawrence of Arabia:
tortured hero of troubled times

Dr Neil Faulkner

An analysis of the TE Lawrence legend through memoirs, photos, films, paintings and documentaries, from a prominent researcher into conflicts of the Middle East

Lecture Review

November 30th (Thursday)
Winchester including its Christmas Market

Wednesday 6th December (evening)
Christmas Party
at Cranleigh Golf and Country club


January 24th - 2pm & 7.30pm
Sir John Soane
Christopher Rogers

Soane was a leading architect of the early 19thC. He rebuilt the Bank of England but his Dulwich Picture Gallery is his only building still standing. His eccentric home in London is open to visitors

Lecture Review

February 28th - 2pm & 7.30pm
The other side – German post WW2 culture of memorials
Angela Findlay

Angela has made extensive research into this little known but fascinating aspect of the post WW2 process of remembrance, reconciliation and rehabilitation by the German people of their darkest period of history

Lecture Review