9th April 2019 Sandra Pollard
The April meeting will be held on 9 April 2019, at 11.00am in Easterbrook Hall. Coffee will be available from 10.30am.
The April Lecture is titled ‘The Souls Family, an alternative Aristocratic Way of Life in Edwardian England’, and the lecturer is Sandra Pollard
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.
They inspired artists and poets and lived in beautiful, but not ostentatious, country houses. They were intellectual and flirtatious and licensed infidelity ruled, scandalising many outside their circle. This lecture looks at their lives and their shortlived cultural influence at the turn of the twentieth century, all of which came to a tragic end on the battlefields of France.
The May meeting will be held on 14th May 2019, at 11.00am in Easterbrook Hall. Coffee will be available from 10.30am.