WINSTON CHURCHILL HALL
Usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Lectures start at 10.50am. Complimentary coffee is available from 10.15 am.
Guests are always welcome; a donation of £8.00 each is invited.
2019-20 MORNING LECTURES
Wednesday 20 November 2019 - change of lecturer and lecture
At very short notice we have been very fortunate to engage Alan Read, who has given several well-received lectures to the Society in recent years. The subject of his lecture will be "Edward Burne-Jones".
Edward Burne-Jones embodied many of the principles of the Pre-Raphaelites, although he was not one of the original seven members.
Inspired by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and encouraged by the Pre-Raphaelites’ great champion John Ruskin, Burne-Jones had a particular talent for story-telling and skill at capturing the melancholy in winsomely beautiful women.
This lecture examines the life and career of Burne-Jones from humble beginnings in Birmingham to the title of baronet and a memorial service in Westminster Abbey. It considers the work of this great Victorian artist and his achievements in painting and applied art.
Picasso in Britain - Art, Politics and Outcry
By Kate Aspinall
Wednesday 15 January 2020
Pablo Picasso had a tumultuous relationship with Britain over the course of his life, related to both his personal politics and the shock of his art.
Wednesday 19 February 2020
The Dowager Empress Cixi (1835 – 1908) - Ruling from behind the Yellow Silk Screen
By David Rosier
A balanced insight into the life and achievements of one of the most important women in Chinese Imperial history.
The Civic and Livery Company Arms of the City of London
By Paul D Jagger
Wednesday 18 March 2020
The City of London’s relationship with heraldry is a unique one. It is at once spectacularly ancient and ultra-modern.
Wednesday 15 April 2020
A Decorative Art - The History of Wall Paper
By Joanna Banham
Often regarded as the most ephemeral and least precious of home decorations, we examine how wallpapers were used within grand and more ordinary homes.
Wednesday 20 May 2020
John Peter Russell - the Lost Impressionist
By Lucrezia Walker
John Peter Russell, the lost Impressionist, was a friend of van Gogh, and an artist regarded by Rodin as equal to Monet, Renoir and Matisse.
Wednesday 17 June 2020
The GPO Film Unit - The Birth of the Documentary Film
By Howard Smith
The birth of documentary films in the 1930s, through the experimental Soviet era to the 129 films produced by the GPO Film Unit in seven years, including 'Night Mail' with poetry by W H Auden and music by Benjamin Britten.