Lectures

For information about the programme or on individual lectures contact: 01963 350 132.

Lectures with high quality illustrations start at 11.00am.

Coffee is served from 10.15am.

Date Title Lecturer
2020
19 May

Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico

This colourful lecture explores the relationship between an extraordinary American painter and New Mexico that she visited for the first time in 1929 and lived there permanently after World War II.

James Russell
16 June

Preserving our Ecclesiastical Textile Heritage

Our ecclesiastical heritage is unique, dating back to the time of St. Cuthbert. The beauty and wealth of exquisite embroidery in our churches is generally unrecognised. This lecture outlines both the historical background and how treatments undertaken by a Textile Conservator preserve and restore these items to continue their use and provide visual pleasure.

Jacqueline Hyman
21 July

How to Read the English Country Church – Part 1

Covering the pre-Christian era to the Tudors

Nicholas Henderson
20 October

Foreigners in London: 1520 – 1677

The Artists who changed the course of British Art – Holbein, van Dyck, Peter Lely, Rubens and many others. Why were foreign painters preferred by the aristocracy and why did they come to London in the first place?

Leslie Primo
17 November

A Right Royal Christmas

How our Royal families have celebrated Christmas through the ages.

Roger Askew
8 December

Basingstoke and Its Contribution to World Culture

Distinguished only by its numerous roundabouts and absurd Modernist architecture this is a hilarious lecture that neatly illustrates the ugliest episode in England’s architectural history.

Rupert Willoughby
2021
19 January

Raphael of Urbino

Artist and Architect

Shirley Smith
16 February

Art not Words. Woman’s Suffrage – how Art and Design helped the Cause

Art and design supported the aims of the suffrage movement through diverse artistic media such as paintings, posters, cartoons, lapel badges, jewellery and wall-hangings. This lecture examines a range of works that made a difference.

Vivienne Lawes
16 March

Emperor Qianlong

The Ultimate Renaissance Ruler and Art Collector (1735 – 1796) – paintings, porcelain, jade, textiles, enamelling, ivory carvings and snuff bottles.

David Rosier
20 April

Double Dutch

Symbols, Emblems and “Double-entendre” in Dutch Genre Painting. The merchants of seventeenth century Holland filled their houses with paintings. A favourite subject was scenes of everyday life; depicting behaviour both good ---- and bad.

Please note 10:30 start - AGM

Lynne Gibson