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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 Buckingham Palace, and their commissioning of three new royal residences.  Balmoral, Sandringham and Osborne House were all designed by them and we explore their taste and influence.

Coronation Portrait By George Hayler.







Portrait by John Partridge, 1840.

10th October 2018

Steven Desmond:  Historic 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 conservation and management of historic gardens in Britain and Europe.  He now divides his time between writing, leading tours and lecturing.

Gardens beside Italian Lakes,

Maggiore above and Como below.

14th November 2018

As Good As Gold: Alexandra Epps

As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of The Arts Society (for many years the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts), we investigate Gold and all it stands for.  

The colour of Divinity, Status and Love.  Alexandra will cover both sacred and profane, ancient and modern, and we look forward to a golden evening.

Gold for Wealth                                                                                                                       Gold for Beauty and Holiness