Lecture Programme 2018-2019



11/09/2018     Charles Hajdamach.   20th Century Scandinavian glass.

In 1916 the Swedish firm of Orrefors took the exciting step of appointing fine artists to their design team. As a result their glass won endless awards at international exhibitions and became the benchmark for many other countries.

09/10/2018     Bertie Pearce .     The Punch and Judy Show

Mr Punch – the most famous puppet character of all time. His comic irreverence gave “Punch” magazine its title. His anarchic vitality has inspired opera, ballet and punk rock and his enduring popularity has seen his likeness on goods ranging from Victorian silverware to computer video games.

13/11/2018     Anne Sebba.   Les Parisiennes: How women lived, loved and died in Paris   1939-49

Les Parisiennes is a story about women’s lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond and includes British and American women caught in Paris as well as native born resisters who were eventually sent to camps, couturiers and jewelers, some of whom flourished in wartime, as well as actors, singers, night club dancers and housewives.

11/12/2018     Dr James Grant.   Medical Gold: From Ancient Egypt to the Nobel Prize

Today it is a substance used in medical instrumentation, investigation and cutting edge therapies. This lecture illustrates how artists such as Rogier Van Der Weyden, Joseph Wright and Gustav Klimt, as well as numerous goldsmiths and instrument makers, have defined medicine’s relationship with the most coveted of all the elements. The lecture ends by describing how the ultimate “medical gold”, the Nobel Prize, has acknowledged some of the fundamental advances in medical science.

08/01/2019     Dr Meri Arichi . The Silk Road and the Great Buddha of Nara

The colossal bronze statue of Buddha, over 16 metres high, was the symbol of the imperial authority, and its completion in 752 was marked by the grand ceremony, attended by Emperor, Empress, aristocrats, thousands of officials and monks, as well as foreign guests from many regions of Asia. The ceremonial artefacts used in this occasion are still preserved in the temple storehouse Shoso-in, together with the emperor’s personal belongings.

12/02/2019     Prof. Brendan Cassidy.  The Scots in Eighteenth-Century Rome: Artists, Antiquarians and Art Dealers 

By the second half of the eighteenth century, a number of highly educated Scotsmen, had all but cornered the market as guides & mentors to British tourists in Rome & Naples. They were scholars and intellectuals, archaeologists and art dealers, bankers and, occasionally, successful artists. Through their various activities, they played a central role in the formation of eighteenth-century British taste. This lecture will consider the achievements of these ‘men o’ pairts’, representatives of the Scottish Enlightenment abroad.      

12/03/2019    Roger Mitchell.    The Victorian House around the world

Having successfully taken the Georgian House around the World, I can now offer to do the same for the Victorian House in a single lecture. It is quite a challenge because there are so many houses and so many different styles

 09/04/2019     Sandra Pollard.   The Coterie: Children of the Souls

The Coterie, children of the Souls; an alternative aristocratic way of life in Edwardian England.  The Souls, and their children, the Coterie, were a self conscious group of aristocrats who, in the late Victorian and Edwardian period protested against the philistinism of contemporary aristocratic society, preferring personal intimacy, friendship and love of the arts, to field sports and vulgar display.

14/05/2019  Shauna Isaac. The Art of the Steal:  Nazi looting in WW II

The Nazis looted over 20% of Western Art during World War II and the effects of Nazi looting are still evident today. This lecture will cover the following topics: setting the scene in Germany, the Fuhrermuseum, Nazi art repositories, Post War restitution and the Monuments Men, contemporary restitution issues and current international recovery efforts

11/06/2019    Andrew Spira.  Earthly Sciences of the Renaissance  

Earthly Science in the Renaissance.  I have the following:  The Renaissance was not only a time of epoch-making change in the arts.  There were also profound changes to what we now think of as aspects of science – thought the word ‘science’ did not exist at the time.  This lecture looks as the extraordinary progress made in the study of plants, animals, minerals and anatomy from the 14th to the 17th centuries, placing these developments in their cultural context and relating them to the arts.  Leonardo da Vinci was famously interested in all of these subjects but he was the tip of an iceberg.