General Queries


Moor Park Mansion




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Click on the BOOKING FORM button next to each event and the booking form will be downloaded.  You can then print the booking form and bring it to the next morning meeting or post it to the Event Secretary together with a cheque.  Please note that all Booking Forms are treated as though they had been received no earlier than the official date for opening bookings for the relevant event.

Evening Lecture

26 Mar 2020

Lecturer: Anthony Russell

Vincent Van Gogh: Madman or Genius?

We are all aware of the recent exhibitions and the remarkable prices realised for this humble artist's work.  Most of us appreciate the beauty of his efforts, but how much to we know about the man himself? The lecture considers why no art historian today denies his genius , despite ’Vincent’ never selling a painting and his committing suicide in poverty.  Though seeming so extreme and exceptional, the tragic story of his loveless life is deeply moving and his humanity makes a lasting impression.  Extraordinary little known facts are to be revealed in the lecture while we enjoy the remarkable range of his talent.

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Evening Lecture followed by Chairman's Retirement Dinner

25 Jun 2020

Lecturer: Richard Thomas

"Tom Thomson and the ‘Group of Seven’: Painters Inspired by the Canadian Landscape"

Drinks will be served in the Main Hall at Moor Park Mansion.  


From 1912 Tom Thomson and  the ‘Group of Seven’ revolutionised Canadian painting.  Some were war artists who went on to produce wonderful portraits and townscapes, but all were  inspired by the Canadian landscape and the wilderness to the ‘north’.  The early focus was on Algonquin Park near Toronto – into which Tom Thompson mysteriously disappeared in 1917.  The others continued throughout the 1920s and 1930s and moulded the way Canadians looked at their land.  The talk will discuss the main artists within the group  (including FH Varley, Lawren Harris and AY Jackson) and show many of their defining paintings.

For those who have also booked Dinner: 
After the lecture you are invited to join our Chairman for her three course retirement dinner.  There is a choice of starters, main courses and desserts.  Please select from the attached form and return with your cheque by 25 May 2020.  We are delighted to say that the lecture and dinner will be accompanied by classical guitarist Charlie Reston.  


Black tie is optional for the evening.

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Half Day of Special Interest

29 Jan 2020

Lecturer: Susan Rumfitt

Cocktails and the Fashion Conscious: Jewellery of the 1940s and 1950s

Susan is an independent jewellery specialist based at her Gallery in Harrogate.  She has an established career as a lecturer in the history of jewellery and design and shares her wealth of knowledge through a variety of courses, lectures and jewellery lunches.  


Susan is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths running courses on fakes and forgeries in jewellery and silver and is one of the team of specialists on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.  


There MAY be time for Susan to look at any jewellery brought to the Study Day, we will have to see how time goes.

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Day of Special Interest

31 Mar 2020

Lecturer: Daniel Snowman

Guerra! Guerra!: Music, Art and War 1800-2000

Art has often been stimulated by war from the Iliad and Aeneid to novels such as War and Peace, the poetry of Wilfred Owen or the visual images of Goya’s ‘Horrors of War’, Picasso’s Guernica, Henry Moore’s huddled masses and the sculpture and architecture of countless war memorials.  Then there is music: - upbeat anthems like the Marseillaise or choruses belting out “Guerra! Guerra!” in operas such as Aida, and the sadness of Elgar’s Nimrod every year at the Cenotaph.  In examining the links between war and the arts over the past two centuries we draw upon imagery taken from throughout Europe and the messages embodied in music, drama and literature.

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Outside Visit

04 Mar 2020

Visit the London Mithraeum (Temple of Mithras), the Guildhall Art Gallery, the City of London Police Museum and finally a Wren Church for tea and biscuits

Square Mile Curios: 

The London Mithraeum is an ancient Roman temple often considered to be the most famous Roman discovery in London (head of Mithras in Phrygian cap - Londinium 180 - 220 AD, picture left).  The Guildhall Art Gallery is home to the City of London Corporation's magnificent art collection and the quirky Police Museum which showcases many rarely seen fascinating items dating back to 1839.  A varied and fascinating day out in the heart of the old Square Mile.

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2020 UK Five Day Tour

18 Apr 2020

The Art, Gardens & Historic Houses of Cornwall

19 - 23 APRIL 2020 UK Five Day Tour to Cornwall

Staying at Fowey Valley Hotel in Lostwithiel.  Visiting Kingston Lacy and Cotehele plus guided tours of Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum, Penlee House, Pencarrow House & Prideaux Place.

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