Previous Lectures


HAMPTON COURT PALACE

Hampton Court Palace

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.


THE SHAKERS: THE FUNDAMENTALIST RELIGIOUS SECT

The Shakers: The Fundamentalist Religious Sect

John Ericson | February 18th 2019

The extraordinary story of the twenty communities attempting to build Utopia in the 19th century.


VENICE IN 18TH CENTURY LONDON

Venice in 18th Century London

Peter Medhurst | January 21st 2019

A talented musician himself, the much-sought-after Peter Medhurst links the world of music with the visual arts.


A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS IN MUSIC AND PAINTING

A Celebration of Christmas in Music and Painting

Janet Canetty-Clarke | December 10th 2018

With 35 years lecuring experience, this will be the irrepressible Janet’s 8th visit! Followed by Christmas Buffet.


TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD: CAPTAIN COOK AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT

To the Far Side of the World: Captain Cook and the Enlightenment

Peter Warwick | November 19th 2018

Peter Warwick is an authority on this subject and an inspirational lecturer. Note: AGM starts at 10.30am.


THE HISTORY OF THE ROLLS-ROYCE MASCOT

The History of the Rolls-Royce Mascot

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.


L.S. LOWRY: A Visionary Artist

L.S. Lowry: A Visionary Artist

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.


Queen Elizabeth and the Arts in Wartime

Queen Elizabeth and the Arts in Wartime

Susan Owens | May 21st 2018

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother – her support of art, her purchases and friendships with artists during WW2.


British Seaside Holiday

British Seaside Holiday

Jackie Marsh-Hobbs | April 16th 2018

A light-hearted look at development of seaside resorts. It might have happened at Milford!


The English Cathedral

The English Cathedral

Andrew Davies | March 19th 2018

A social and architectural history of six of our finest cathedrals by a most distinguished specialist.


Temples, Tombs & Treasures: The Queen of Sheba

Temples, Tombs & Treasures: The Queen of Sheba

Louise Schofield | February 19th 2018

Louise, an archaeologist, spent six months living in a tent researching this amazing subject!


German WW2 Memorials

German WW2 Memorials

Angela Findlay | January 15th 2018

An acclaimed lecture – not to be missed.


Three Wise Men

Three Wise Men

Christopher Bradley | December 11th 2017

A unique journey from Constantinople to Milan and Cologne.


Discover the paintings you own

Art UK: Uncovering the Nation’s Hidden Oil Painting Collection

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?


Life & Art in Georgian Dublin

Life & Art in Georgian Dublin

Tom Duncan | October 16th 2017

In the 18th century, Dublin was Britain’s second city! A fascinating insight by a specialist.


Charles Dickens: The Man, His Life and his Characters

Charles Dickens: The Man, His Life and his Characters

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.


Chopin and the Artistic World of Paris

Chopin and the Artistic World of Paris

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.


Wessex Explored

Wessex Explored

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.


The Yellow House at Arles

The Yellow House at Arles

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.


Mille Miglia – Cars & Culture

Mille Miglia – Cars & Culture

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!


Children’s Book Illustrations

Children’s Book Illustrations

John Ericson | March 20th 2016

More Nostalgia! Beatrix Potter; Winnie the Pooh et al! John Ericson lectures with style and humour.


The Old Vic Theatre

The Old Vic Theatre

Frances Hughes | February 20th 2017

We trace the history of the theatre from its foundation in 1816 to the present day.


The Great Dr Burney

The Great Dr Burney

Dr Jennifer Bate, International Concert Organist | January 16th 2017

A fascinating account of instruments, music and musicians in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Jerusalem, the Eternal City

Jerusalem, the Eternal City

Canon Dr Anne Davison | December 12th 2016

Why Jerusalem is so critical to three Faiths. Relevant to today’s conflicts.


Steam Trains in Art

Steam Trains in Art

Nicholas Reed | November 21st 2016

Nostalgia! Paintings and Posters from the 18th and 19th Centuries. NB: Short AGM before the lecture.


The Glories of Islamic Art

The Glories of Islamic Art

Professor James Allan | October 17th 2016

James Allan is a lecturer of the highest calibre – not to be missed!


Vivaldi in Venice

Vivaldi in Venice

Peter Medhurst | September 19th 2016

This lecture explores the amazing world of Vivaldi’s music.