Lecture Programme

Lecture Programme 2018-2019

The times for all meetings, except for the AGM and lecture, are coffee 10.15am, chairman's notices 10.50am, lecture 11.00am.

Thursday 10th May 2018
Mark Cottle -

'Angels from the Realms of Glory' - The Wilton Diptych and the Angel Roof of Westminster Hall


Mark Cottle was born on the Isles of Scilly and educated in Cornwall and at Birmingham University.  His career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad.  He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, St Margaret and St John’s University College, Plymouth and at Bath University on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England.  He currently runs two small companies providing training and study breaks.

Thursday 14th June 2018
Neil Faulkner -

'Lawrence of Arabia - Tortured Hero of Troubled Times'


Neil Faulkner was educated at King’s College Cambridge and the Institute of Archaeology UCL and now works as a lecturer, writer and occasional broadcaster.  He is a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, editor and director of various archaeological projects, and an author.  He has made various television appearances.

Thursday 13th September 2018
Caroline Shenton -

'Votes for Women!'  Art, Suffragettes and Female Politicians


Caroline Shenton is an archivist, historian and author.  She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster and a senior archivist at The National Archives at Kew.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, has appeared on national TV and radio, and reviews books for The Spectator. Her first popular history book, ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’, won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013. Caroline last visited us in 2015 when she spoke to us about the 800th Anniversary of signing of the Magna Carta.

Thursday 11th October 2018
Leslie Primo -

'Foreigners in London 1520-1677:  The artists who changed the course of British Art'


Leslie Primo holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.  Leslie was Visiting Lecturer in Art History at the University of Reading in 2005 and 2007 and gives lectures and guided tours, plus special talks at both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.  He also lectures at the City Literary Institute and has presented a series of talks at the National Maritime Museum and the Courtauld Institute.  Leslie last visited our Society in 2010 when he spoke on ‘The Cult of Celebrity: Omai, the exotic & Joshua Reynolds’.

Thursday 8th November 2018
Sarah Dunant -

'The Most Infamous Family in History - the Borgias'


Sarah Dunant is a novelist, broadcaster and critic.  Sarah read history at Cambridge and then worked as a cultural journalist in radio and television, on the Late Show (BBC 2), Kaleidoscope (BBC Radio 4) and Night Waves (BBC Radio 3).  She has published 13 novels, taught renaissance studies at Washington University in St Louis, and is a visiting tutor on the MA in creative writing at Oxford Brookes.  Sarah has also lectured around the world at festivals and conferences.  Her last five novels have been set within the Italian Renaissance and her latest, ‘In the Name of the Family’, completes the story of the Borgia family and the remarkable period of Italian history in which they lived.

Thursday 13th December 2018
Richard Box -

Christmas Customs and Traditions - origins, stories, legends, half-truths and untruths about what we do at Christmas time


Richard Box is a freelance artist (drawing, painting and embroidery), lecturer, teacher and author since 1985.  He was previously Head of Art at Avery Hill College of Education.  He presently teaches and lectures to adults at Education Centres and to independent organisations.  He exhibits his work regularly at various galleries throughout the country.

Thursday 10th January 2019
Alexandra Drysdale -

'Let there be light - The Art and Science of light in paintings'


Alexandra Drysdale is an art historian and a professional artist specialising in painting, sculpture and performance.  Her lectures combine art historical knowledge with personal expertise in aesthetics and artistic techniques.  Art from all periods, including examples of her own work, is examined from an artist’s point of view.  This entails a perceptive analysis of a painting’s structure, its meaning, and its relationship to the history of art.  She puts a particular emphasis on studying the symbolic language of the imagination.  Alexandra holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Chelsea School of Art and an MFA from the Cambridge School of Art.

Thursday 14th February 2019
Tim Stimson -

Cartoonery - English Attitudes


Tim Stimson’s involvement in art began with the practical: for a number of years he was a professional painter and ceramicist in Scotland and Wales, before returning to university to study literature and the history of art, then training to teach adults.  For the past 20 years he has been a freelance cultural art historian, specializing in 17th and 19th century art and society.  He now lectures at various universities and institutions and presents residential courses both in the UK and Europe.

Thursday 14th March 2019
Alan Read -

Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelite legacy


Alan Read holds a masters and first class honours degree in History of Art from Birkbeck College.  He is a gallery guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery.  Alan has lectured at the NPG, Penlee House (Penzance), Plymouth City Art Gallery, Croydon Clocktower and the Bridewell Institute.  He is also a London Blue Badge Guide, a City of London Guide and has conducted walking tours for the Twentieth Century Society, the National Trust and Team London Bridge.

Thursday 11th April 2019
Clive Stewart-Lockhart -

Clara: Rhino superstar and wonder of the Grand Tour


Clive Stewart-Lockhart studied on the Sotheby’s Works of Art Course and has now been working in the fine art world for 40 years.  He is Managing Director of Woolley and Wallis, the UK’s leading regional auctioneers, in Salisbury.  He has been a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow for over 20 years.  Clive has also lectured on cruise ships as well as for many other groups, and published a major article in the Journal of the Decorative Arts Society on ‘Betty Joel’.

Thursday 9th May 2019
Elizabeth Merry -

Sweet Swan of Avon: William Shakespeare and his turbulent world


Elizabeth Merry has over 25 years’ experience lecturing on a range of subjects including classical art and architecture, aspects of the visual arts and the links between literature and art.  She has lectured to numerous organisations and societies nationwide.  She has conducted study tours in Italy, Germany and France as well as the UK.  She has also lectured in Australia and New Zealand and will be returning there in the future.

Thursday 13th June 2019
David Phillips -

"Oh yes it is", "Oh no it isn't"
Unresolved questions of Authenticity


David Phillips has an MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Arts.  He is a curator specializing in the history of jewellery, based in the Department of Metalwork, Silver and Jewellery at the V&A.  He is also an author of various publications about Jewellery, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and International Arts and Crafts.  David was the curator of ‘Bejewelled by Tiffany’ (Gilbert Collection 2006).  He last visited us in 2009 when he spoke on ‘Art or Illusion- picture puzzles from Mesopotamia and Magritte’.