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Each month we have an illustrated lecture on an arts topic. In the recent past the topics have ranged from painting and ceramics to architecture and garden design – whatever takes our interest. We visit historic houses, gardens, art galleries and museums and hold study days when we want to look at something in more depth. We go on at least one cultural tour a year. Our goal is simple: to explore a wide range of subjects and enjoy ourselves in the process!

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The copyright picture of Limpsfield Church is reproduced with the kind permission of Richard Haines of Photographs Forever.

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Jun
27
Wed
Lee Miller: Witnessing Women at War  @ St Peters Hall
Jun 27 all-day
Lee Miller: Witnessing Women at War  @ St Peters Hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom

For Lee Miller, a woman at war was any woman caught up in World War 2. She shot faultless images for Vogue’s haute couture in London’s bombed out streets. She documented the magnificent work of the WRNS, ATS, the Land Girls, the WRVS and the nurses. She shows us the refugees in Europe, girls accused of collaboration and women forced into slave labour or prostitution and concentration camp victims. Their roles range from bravery to stupidity and from enforced involvement to volunteering. It is told against the background of Lee Miller’s own life story which takes her from being a fashion supermodel via life as a surrealist artist to a combat photographer and finally a gourmet cook.

 

Anthony Penrose is the son of Lee Miller, a model, fine art photographer and noted war correspondent. And Sir Roland Penrose, the surrealist artist, poet and biographer of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Man Ray, and Antoni Tàpies, who co-founded the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in 1947.

Following the death of his mother, a cache of her work was discovered in the attic of the family home by Antony’s late wife Suzanna. It contained some 60,000 negatives, prints and manuscripts, which made the basis of the Lee Miller Archives.  Penrose now gives lectures worldwide on photography, fine art and his parents work to museums and photographic societies

 

Photo ‘A Polish pilot {Anna Leska} flying a spitfire for the A.T.A., White Waltham, Berkshire, England 1942’ by Lee Miller

© Lee Miller Archives, England 2017. All rights reserved.

Getting Under Their Skin – Art History and Fiction

Sarah’s research into the position of women’s lives in Renaissance Italy, through the decoding of paintings, provided the platform for three best-selling novels.  The search for the heroine in Florence led to ‘The Birth of Venus’ encompassed frescoes and portraits by Raphael, Botticelli and da Vinci.

January 2018 Newsletter

It all feels far away now but we had a jolly introduction to Christmas Customs at the December Lecture given by Richard Box. We were reminded that if you’re sending someone twelve gifts at any time of the year,  it’s best to consult them first on what they’d like! I...

Jun
27
Wed
all-day Lee Miller: Witnessing Women at ... @ St Peters Hall
Lee Miller: Witnessing Women at ... @ St Peters Hall
Jun 27 all-day
Lee Miller: Witnessing Women at War  @ St Peters Hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom
For Lee Miller, a woman at war was any woman caught up in World War 2. She shot faultless images for Vogue’s haute couture in London’s bombed out streets. She documented the magnificent work of[...]
Jul
17
Tue
all-day More Churches of Romney Marsh.
More Churches of Romney Marsh.
Jul 17 all-day
More Churches of Romney Marsh. @ England | United Kingdom
A follow-up to the extremely popular visit of last year. This is a chance to explore more of the historic churches with their unique location, character and history.