Lectures begin at 7.45 pm and are followed by tea and coffee.

 Lectures for the year 2016/17

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27th April 2017     James Taylor

   Masters of the sea: Highlights of Maritime Art from the 17th Century to the present day.

We look forward to another talk by James, a former Curator of paintings, drawings and prints at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.


25th May 2017   Oliver Everett

India: Imported British contribution to its History, Archaeology, Topography and Languages.

Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library Windsor. Oliver’s earlier career included a diplomatic posting in India.


22nd June 2017           Frank Woodgate

 Gustav Klimt: Craftsmanship and Sensuality

The lecture looks at the Viennese artist’s rich imagery, techniques, radical symbolism and influence including on today’s collages.




          The Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo

Imogen  examined how the rich hoard discovered in Suffolk dating from the seventh century AD reveals a great deal about the country at that time.



 Piero della Francesca: The Light of the North meets the Logic of the South

A lecture to mark the 600th anniversary of the birth of this Italian Renaissance artist whose work fuses the influence of north and south Europe to radiate serenity and timelessness.


Sicily: The Kingdom of the Sun

The island in the sun is how Homer wrote about the beauty of Sicily. Jane explored the rich and diverse Sicilian civilisations and their legacies.



         Thomas Heatherwick: The Leonardo of our Times

Thomas Heatherwick is a leading British designer whose innovative approach is in demand all over the world.

2007 UK Pavilion evening 3-2

Handel and Hogarth

A talk about the parts played by Handel and Hogarth in attracting benefactors to the Foundling Hospital set up by Captain Thomas Coram.


The Aztec Legacy: Continuity & Change


The art and culture of Central America examined by a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and specialist on the past and present Latin America.

Wonder works and the Art of Illusion


A local member of the Inner Magic Circle gave a talk with effects on the history of magic through art and pictures.

Coventry Cathedral, Icon and Inspiration


The extraordinary story of the rebuilding of the Cathedral as a symbol of reconciliation, and its inspiring commitment to world-class contemporary artists such as Piper and Sutherland.