Lectures

The Cloth of Gold Garden and Notre Dame de Calais

Field of the Cloth of Gold

The Cloth of Gold Garden and Notre Dame de Calais

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Lecturer: CAROLINE HOLMES

2020 is the 500th anniversary of The Field of the Cloth of Gold. This was the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France near Calais. The setting was extravagant and the pageant lasted two and a half weeks.

Caroline Holmes is a gardening historian and gardening expert. She has written many books and is particularly interested in gardens of the Tudor era. She was commissioned to design the gardens of the only Tudor church in continental Europe, Notre Dame de Calais, which is near the site of The Cloth of Gold. The design illustrates many symbolic plantings which are related to the church building.

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Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception

Fake paintings

Fakes and Forgeries: The Art of Deception

Tuesday 26th May 2020

Lecturer: MALCOLM KENWOOD

Malcolm Kenwood presented an excellent lecture on Art Crime, Theft and Repatriation and is returning to York to explain how increasingly sophisticated methods are being used to forge art works.

Experts have estimated that a high percentage of works within the art market are fake.

This lecture reveals case studies, demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to in passing off works as legitimate. Skilled forgers capable of imitating well-known artists have duped many at the highest level within the art market.

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Shimmering Splendour: Silk in South-East Asia

South-East Asian Silk

Shimmering Splendour: Silk in South-East Asia

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Lecturer: DENISE HEYWOOD

Denise Heywood is a scholar of South-East Asian art and has spent many years travelling the region.

She lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of Cambridge, also the British Museum and many other art institutions. This lecture shows the origins of silk, most dazzling of all creations, revealing its transformation from silkworm cocoons, dyed and woven in glorious colours and complex patterns. Denise will show images of how film stars, monarchs and dancers have worn this shimmering material.

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The Kelmscott Chaucer

Kelmscott Chaucer

The Kelmscott Chaucer

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Lecturer: DOMINIC RILEY

William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press and his last book was Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Dominic Riley is a bookbinder, artist and teacher who first learned bookbinding from Benedictine monks. He has worked at the V&A and various binderies in London and USA, won many prizes and his bindings are in collections worldwide.

In this lecture, Dominic will talk about the challenge of rebinding a copy of The Kelmscott Chaucer which was in very poor condition and give an insight into how fine bindings are made and relate his artistic journey.

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Last Supper in Pompeii

Pompeii Lecture

Last Supper in Pompeii

Tuesday 25th February 2020

Lecturer: PAUL ROBERTS

Paul Roberts is the Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. He was the driving force behind the major exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum when Senior Roman Curator at the British Museum.

Paul has lived in Italy for several years and has directed excavations as well as writing books on Roman daily life, Roman emperors, mummy portraits and Roman glass.

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Irish Country Houses

Irish Country Houe

Irish Country Houses

Tuesday 28th January 2020

Lecturer: TOM DUNCAN

Tom Duncan lectures widely nationally and internationally after studying at Trinity College Dublin and the United States. He has his own tour company which specialises in lecture tours to destinations including Ireland, Italy and the Middle East.

Ireland has a wealth of exceptional country houses dating from the Medieval to Victorian periods. Their history is bound up with the long historic and sometimes tragic links between Ireland and England. This lecture will recreate these houses and their owners often eccentric lifestyles in an entertaining recreation of Ireland’s past.

Many houses were built during the Georgian period, mostly in the Palladian style, ornamented with exceptional plasterwork and filled with treasures brought back from the Grand Tour

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Charles Dickens: The Man and His Life

Charles Dickens by Frith

Charles Dickens: The Man and His Life

Tuesday 26th November 2019

Lecturer: BERTIE PEARCE

Bertie Pearce is a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and has performed all over the world. He is widely sought after and entertained us fantastically in 2014 when he spoke about the Art of Illusion. Bertie was awarded the Carlton Comedy Award by the Magic Circle and twice won the award for Originality from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. We have been successful in booking him for our Christmas lecture. He will look at the life and places of Dickens while interspersing the events with readings of his works. A Dickensian experience, especially leading up to Christmas as we will be truly entertained.

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Old Buildings: Fakes and Fallacies

Old Buildings Lecture

Old Buildings: Fakes and Fallacies

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Lecturer: PHILIP VENNING

Philip Venning was secretary of the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings for 28 years. He is a member of Westminster Abbey Fabric Committee and advises on protection of ancient buildings to their organisations including the BBC2 series, Restoration.

Philip will discuss ifold houses were ever built with reused ships’ timbers. Are black and white ‘Tudor’ buildings mainly a 19th century fashion? Is the appearance of many familiar historic castles as much the product of the restorers? How many of the claimed ‘secret tunnels’ from the basement to the docks or church actually exist? As well as examining some of the popular myths about buildings the lecture will challenge some received wisdom and offer some surprises.

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From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery & Fashion 1890-1929

Tiara from TV series Downton Abbey

From Downton to Gatsby: Jewellery & Fashion 1890 to 1929

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Lecturer: ANDREW PRINCE

Andrew Prince is a respected jewellery craftsman, historian and lecturer. He has an in depth knowledge not only of jewellery but also fashion history and historical portraits. He was commissioned to make many pieces for the series Downton Abbey.

In his lecture he will talk about the events between 1890 and 1929 when couturiers collaborated with the finest jewellers to produce items of glittering opulence.  Andrew will also discuss clients and patrons who wore these fabulous jewels and gowns.

 

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L.S. Lowry: Should We Celebrate His Contribution to British Art?

Going to Work LS Lowry

Tuesday 28th May 2019

Lecturer: RAYMOND WARBURTON

Those who dislike Lowry point to his simplistic depiction of the north-west and its people; those who like him refer to the snobbery of his detractors. This lecture will describe Lowry's life and explain his art and techniques through a discussion of a selection of his paintings. It will conclude with an assessment of his contribution to British art.

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