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28 May 2020This month's lecture is cancelled. The Arts society is continuing with online lectures, contact
30 April 2020Shimmering splendor: silk in south east Asia’
26 March 2020A Carpet Ride to Khiva
27 February 2020The Silk Road and the Arts of China
30 January 2020‘Eliza Cliffe, Elizabeth Barrett and the terrible lost portrait’
28 November 2019Visions of Beauty – exploring how fans, decorated with female subjects have reflected changing canons of female beauty
31 October 2019‘Love, sacred and profane’ - the iconography of women: The Magdalene, The Virgin Mary, Eve and Venus
26 September 2019‘Looking for Georgia’ – travels through New Mexico in the footsteps of Georgia O’Keefe
25 July 2019Fakes and Fortunes (or have I discovered a Constable in my attic?)
27 June 2019The Dead Sea Scrolls in context: an introduction to Palestine in the time of Christ
30 May 2019Iran: Land of Great Kings, Shahs and Ayatollahs
25 April 2019Contemporary Artists: Anthony Gormley and Anish Kapoor
28 March 2019From Bronzes to Banksy - an armchair tour of public art and street art
28 February 2019London's Changing Skyline: Past, Present and Future
31 January 2019'O For the Wings of a Dove' - the life of a cathedral chorister
29 November 2018Dresden Today: Art and Architecture
25 October 2018Three Great Galleries and their gardens
27 September 2018As Good As Gold
26 July 2018Galle, Lalique and their Contemporary French Glassmakers
28 June 2018Cartier 1900-1939: Jeweller of Genius
31 May 2018The Scoliotic Knight: Reconstructing the Real Richard III
26 April 2018The Amadeus Myth: Mozart (1756-91) and his world culture
29 March 2018Judas: The Wickedest Man Who Ever Lived?
22 February 2018Foreigners in London 1520-1677: the artists who changed the course of British Art
25 January 2018Chinamania- the impact of Chinese Porcelain on European taste, collecting & display
30 November 2017Faber and Faber-90 years of excellence in cover design
26 October 2017Sir John Soane: - Architect of Lost London
28 September 2017Henry Moore: A Revolution in British Sculpture
27 July 2017Lawrence of Arabia: tortured hero of troubled times
29 June 2017Victorian furniture - 'Why Victoria was not amused'
25 May 2017Hockney at Eighty (Tate Britain, 2017): Britain’s Greatest Living Artist
27 April 2017The New Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace
30 March 2017Cartier 1900-1939: Jeweller of Genius
23 February 2017A Longer Look: Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Christ Mocked’
26 January 2017After Miss Jekyll - English Gardens of the late Twentieth Century and early Twenty-First Centuries
24 November 2016The collections of Napoleon and Josephine at Chateau de Malmaison giving an insight into one of the most famous couples in history
27 October 2016Tapestries: The ultimate wall decoration
29 September 2016Double Dutch: Symbols, Emblems and ‘Double-entendre’ in Dutch Genre Painting
28 July 2016The Art and Architecture of Armenia
30 June 2016Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The Golden Age of Mexican Painting
26 May 2016Tantrums and Tiaras
28 April 2016Glad Tidings – the story of the Annunciation
31 March 2016Ancient Egyptian Treasures in the Ashmolean Museum
25 February 2016In paynted pots is hidden the deadliest poison – English Delftware drug jars
28 January 2016Rescuing Zeugma from the Flood Waters of the Euphrates
26 November 2015Secret Art in the Passport – how we use it to fox the forger
29 October 2015Kandinsky and the Rise of Abstraction
24 September 2015The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection
30 July 2015Rethinking the 1951 Festival of Britain
25 June 2015The Day Parliament Burned Down
28 May 2015Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture
30 April 2015Take a Seat: Trends in 20th Century Furniture Design
26 March 2015The Hands of Leonardo – a surgeon’s view
26 February 2015From Couch to Canvas: Artists and Their Models
29 January 2015Symphonies in Colour: The Mosaics of Ravenna
27 November 2014History of the Royal Academy of Arts
30 October 2014The Splendours of the City Churches
25 September 2014Thomas Chippendale and his Contemporaries
24 July 2014Arts and Crafts of Mexico, Past and Present
26 June 2014A Crisis of Brilliance: Young British Artists 1908-1919
29 May 2014Ocean Liner Art: Ships That Shaped Our Lives, 1800 – 1950
24 April 2014King George III: "the most cultured monarch"
27 March 2014Travel Broadens the Mind, Artists and Their Travels
27 February 2014Behind the Scenes - Curating the Art Museum
30 January 2014Alfred Munnings: A Master Among Horse Painters
28 November 2013Sir Christopher Wren and the English Baroque
31 October 2013Wilfred Owen: Poetry and Art of the First World War
26 September 2013Edouard Manet and Berthe Morisot
25 July 2013Legend and Lustre; Jim Thompson and Thai Silk
27 June 2013Lee Miller and Roland Penrose
30 May 2013The Work of Eric de Mare: How New Photography Helped to Rescue Old Buildings
25 April 2013Palladio’s Legacy; the Palladian House in England
28 March 2013Two London Porcelain Factories; Chelsea and Bow, a Study in Contrasts
28 February 2013From the Workshop to the Studio; Images of the Artist at Work
31 January 2013Australian Aboriginal Art
29 November 2012Prophetic Ruskin and the Origins of the National Trust
25 October 2012The History and Culture of the Amish people through language, dress and lifestyle
27 September 2012‘Understanding Modern Art’.
26 July 2012Leonardo da Vinci at the Court of Milan
28 June 2012The Festival of Britain 1951 and its Design Legacy
24 May 2012“Mr Five Per Cent” and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon
26 April 2012Art in 19th century Venice: Poets, Painters and Private Lives in Venice
29 March 2012‘Vagrants, tramps and idlers’ or Jolly Tars? Life in Nelson’s Navy
23 February 2012James McNeill Whistler: Victorian Rebel
26 January 2012The Dollar Princesses: American women who married into the European aristocracy
08 December 2011The Gilded Cage, a social and cultural history of Opera
27 October 2011Cooking for Kings; the life and career of Antonin Careme, the first celebrity chef
29 September 2011Tailoring the Image; costumes and accessories in art

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This month's lecture is cancelled. The Arts society is continuing with online lectures, contact Thursday 28 May 2020