Jonathan Foyle | March 18th 2019
If you’ve watched Lucy Worsley you’ll be familiar with HCP, the heart of the Monachy in the 16th-18th centuries. The BBC’s Foyle brings us more on a fascinating subject.
John Ericson | February 18th 2019
The extraordinary story of the twenty communities attempting to build Utopia in the 19th century.
Peter Medhurst | January 21st 2019
A talented musician himself, the much-sought-after Peter Medhurst links the world of music with the visual arts.
Janet Canetty-Clarke | December 10th 2018
With 35 years lecuring experience, this will be the irrepressible Janet’s 8th visit! Followed by Christmas Buffet.
Peter Warwick | November 19th 2018
Peter Warwick is an authority on this subject and an inspirational lecturer. Note: AGM starts at 10.30am.
Malcolm Tucker | October 15th 2018
Rolls Royce epitomises the finest craftsmanship. A former Owners Club Chairman touches on art, history & culture. We hope to have selected Rolls-Royce cars on display.
Michael Howard | September 17th 2018
We all know L.S. Lowry – an extraordinarily talented artist who recorded the events of the Industrial Revolution. Michael Howard is a recognised expert.
Susan Owens | May 21st 2018
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother – her support of art, her purchases and friendships with artists during WW2.
Jackie Marsh-Hobbs | April 16th 2018
A light-hearted look at development of seaside resorts. It might have happened at Milford!
Andrew Davies | March 19th 2018
A social and architectural history of six of our finest cathedrals by a most distinguished specialist.
Louise Schofield | February 19th 2018
Louise, an archaeologist, spent six months living in a tent researching this amazing subject!
Angela Findlay | January 15th 2018
An acclaimed lecture – not to be missed.
Christopher Bradley | December 11th 2017
A unique journey from Constantinople to Milan and Cologne.
Mary Rose Rivett-Carmac | November 20th 2017
Mary Rose Rivett-Carmac created with the BBC the “Your Paintings” website. Who knows what you may have in our dining room?
Tom Duncan | October 16th 2017
In the 18th century, Dublin was Britain’s second city! A fascinating insight by a specialist.
Bertie Pearce | September 18th 2017
Dickens – a genius; the greatest writer of his age – McCawber, Fagin, Jarndyce… by Bertie Pearce – one of our very best lecturers.
Jeremy Barlow | June 19th 2017
Jeremy’s familial link with Chopin’s diarist gives him a unique insight into the fascinating career of the genius composer. Musical excerpts add a critical dimension.
Elizabeth Merry | June 18th 2018
Elizabeth Merry’s excellent and very enjoyable lecture to a packed hall took us on an illustrated tour of Thomas Hardy’s books and poetry, and around his native Wessex. Of course Hardy’s Wessex is slightly different to the old Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the same name. His has a flexible identity which provides a geographical canvas but with most of the place names changed – Casterbridge (Dorchester), Budmouth Regis (Weymouth), Christminster (Oxford) and so on. Egdon Heath in The Return of the Native is actually an amalgamation of various heaths around Higher Bockhampton where Hardy was born in 1840. Merry used works by Hardy’s friend and amateur artist, Henry Joseph Moule, and the much more accomplished Walter Tyndale to show us the world in which Hardy’s literature was set. We saw additional works by other artists including Gordon Beningfield and Leonard Richmond, portraits of Hardy by William Strang and Augustus John, and even a very good drawing by Hardy himself. Merry read extracts from Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure as well as reading from some of Hardy’s poetry, all against a projected background of appropriate paintings. We heard about his two marriages, first to Emma Gifford and, after her death, to his secretary Florence Dugdale. We finally saw the tomb in Stinsford Churchyard, Dorset where Hardy’s heart is buried (the rest of his body is in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey).
We now have a two month break before our next meeting on Monday 18th September in All Saints’ Church Hall, Milford on Sea, when Michael Howard will talk about L. S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist. Visitors and new members are always warmly welcomed. For further information please call 01590 645421.
Julian Halsby | May 15th 2017
The story of Gauguin’s disastrous stay with Van Gogh in Arles. Compulsive accounts of Van Gogh’s mental illness.
Libby Horner | April 10th 2017
Libby follows the 1000 mile route of the famous motor race visiting outstanding galleries. Neither artists nor petrol heads should miss this one!
John Ericson | March 20th 2016
More Nostalgia! Beatrix Potter; Winnie the Pooh et al! John Ericson lectures with style and humour.
Frances Hughes | February 20th 2017
We trace the history of the theatre from its foundation in 1816 to the present day.
Dr Jennifer Bate, International Concert Organist | January 16th 2017
A fascinating account of instruments, music and musicians in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Canon Dr Anne Davison | December 12th 2016
Why Jerusalem is so critical to three Faiths. Relevant to today’s conflicts.
Nicholas Reed | November 21st 2016
Nostalgia! Paintings and Posters from the 18th and 19th Centuries. NB: Short AGM before the lecture.
Professor James Allan | October 17th 2016
James Allan is a lecturer of the highest calibre – not to be missed!
Peter Medhurst | September 19th 2016
This lecture explores the amazing world of Vivaldi’s music.