Some of our Future Talks

13th June 2018

Vivienne Lawes: Not so shabby chic.

Juxtaposing works of art from antiquity to the present.

Lecturer and curator Vivienne has an interest in Eastern art and contemporary works.  She has a project on equine sculpture and writes in many journals.  From the Renaissance to the present day we will explore what makes for success in art.





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Wednesday 12th September 2018.

Barbara Askew:  Victoria & Albert - Art and Love.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the births of both Victoria and Albert - just three months apart in 1819.  Their shared enjoyment of music and art influenced their extensions and refurnishing of Buckinham Palace, and their commissioning of three new royal residensces.  Balmoral, Sandringham and Osborne House were all designed by them and we eplore their taste and influence.

Coronation Portrait By George Hayler.

Portrait by John Partridge, 1840.

10th October 2018

Steven Desmond:  Hostoric Gardens of the Italian Lakes.

Now we have all finished our summer holiday we can visit Italy and remember summer sunshine as we feast our eyes on the glorious gardens on the shores of Lakes Como and Maggiore.  Steven includes a sixteenth century parterre and water staircase, a baroque garden in the middle of a lake and two gardens made by rival Napoleonic grandees.

Steven is a Landscape Consultant who specialised in sonservation and management of historic gardens in Britain and Europe.  He now divide his time between writing, leading tours and lecturing.

Gardens beside Italian Lakes,

Maggiore above and Como below.