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Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes @ St Peters Hall
Feb 28 all-day
Votes for Women! Art and the Suffragettes @ St Peters Hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom

In 2018 it’ll be 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918. To mark the centenary of women first getting the vote after decades of struggle, this NADFAS lecture will explore the story of the suffragettes through portrayals in art and their own artistic productions. It will also look at how contemporary artists choose to depict female politicians, and the controversies surrounding these portraits with regard to power, dress, and gender: all so familiar to the suffragettes.

Caroline Shenton graduated in medieval history at St Andrews University and then completed a doctorate at Oxford’s Worcester College on the court and household of Edward III. Starting as a medieval cataloguer at the National Archives, Caroline was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster. Her first book, ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’, won the inaugural Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Book of the Year for many media publications.

Postcard – Somehow the Tide Keeps Rising designed by Ernestine Mills to promote the suffragette campaign © The Museum of London


Charles 1: King and Collector @ Royal Academy of Arts
Mar 22 @ 10:15 am – 3:00 pm
Charles 1: King and Collector @ Royal Academy of Arts | England | United Kingdom

King Charles 1 amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, works by the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning works by artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens. Following the king’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others form the core of museum collections such as the Louvre and the Prado. The exhibition reunites the greatest masterpieces of this magnificent collection for the first time ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to tapestries.

Many may remember Graham Greenfield’s excellent talk before the visit to the “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” exhibition. He will guide us through the “Charles 1: King and Collector” exhibition telling its story and explaining the significant impact of the works at the time.

10.15 a.m. onwards Meet at St James’ church hall basement for tea, coffee (via Church Place, directly off Piccadilly, down the iron steps)
11.00 a.m. Lecture by Graham Greenfield of the Royal Academy.
12.00 to 1.20 p.m. (lunch is not included)
01.30 p.m. Timed entry group 1 at the Royal Academy Burlington House 02.00 p.m. Timed entry group 2 at the Royal Academy Burlington House

Bookings will be taken at the next meeting.

Picture Charles I Anthony van Dyck 1635-6 Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

The Art and Architecture of Travel @ St Peter's Hall
Mar 28 all-day
The Art and Architecture of Travel @ St Peter's Hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom

The infrastructure of travel has provided many artistic treasures. Leading figures in architecture were employed to build railway stations, shipping offices and hotels, whilst artists provided posters, souvenir images and other ephemera. This lecture examines the art and architecture of travelling from ancient times to the present day, illuminating the many ways in which this common theme created often overlooked gems of form and design.

Sarah Pearson holds a First Class BA in Art History from Reading University, an MA in World Art Studies from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in Architectural History also from Reading.  She also lectured at these Universities for 10 years and now works as a freelance lecturer / adult education provider. Sarah has published articles and a book chapter on the architect Francesco di Giorgio and is currently researching the development of the Riddlesworth estate with a view to future publication.

Annual Spring Lunch @ St Peter's Hall
Apr 13 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Details of our Spring Lunch will be shown here shortly.

Tickets will be sold at the February lecture

Basingstoke & Its Contribution to World Culture @ St Peter's hall
Apr 25 all-day
Basingstoke & Its Contribution to World     Culture @ St Peter's hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom

One of the most derided towns in England, renowned for its dullness, Basingstoke is distinguished only by its numerous roundabouts and absurd Modernist architecture. Rupert explains that the post-war planners, who inflicted such features as ‘the Great Wall of Basingstoke’ on the town, were politically-motivated and bent on destroying all traces of its past. He reveals the nobler Basingstoke that is buried beneath the concrete, and the few historic gems that have survived the holocaust. Hilariously told, it is a story that neatly illustrates the ugliest episode in England’s architectural history. As Betjeman wrote prophetically, ‘What goes for Basingstoke goes for most English towns’.

Rupert Willoughby specialises in the domestic and social life of the past. He is the author of the best-selling Life in Medieval England for Pitkin and of a series of popular histories of places, including Chawton: Jane Austen’s Village. His most recent book – perhaps his greatest challenge to date – is Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture.  Rupert has published numerous articles, contributes regular obituaries to The Daily Telegraph, writes histories of houses, occasionally broadcasts to the nation and is an experienced lecturer, whose repertoire ranges from the life and personalities of the Middle Ages to the world of Jane Austen.


Tour of the Royal Courts of Justice/Sir John Soane’s Museum. @ Royal Courts of Justice
May 4 @ 10:45 am – 3:30 pm
Tour of the Royal Courts of Justice/Sir John Soane’s Museum. @ Royal Courts of Justice | England | United Kingdom

We will visit The Royal Courts of Justice in the morning, this guided tour will include The Great Hall, viewing original court documents relating to ‘Guy Fawkes’, an exhibition of legal costumes, history about the fabulous Art, including works by Wright, Lawrence and Shee and a history of the RCJ’s famous cases and Inquiries.


In the afternoon we will visit Sir John Soane’s Museum. Sir John Soane (1753 – 1837) was one of the most inventive architects of his time and an avid collector. He built the Bank of England and Dulwich Picture Gallery, as well as his own extraordinary home by buying, demolishing and rebuilding three houses in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. He displayed his acquisitions in creative, eclectic ways in his home and four years before he died he negotiated an Act of Parliament to preserve his house and collection, exactly as it would be at the time of his death and to keep it open and free for inspiration and education. We will have an introductory talk followed by a self-guided tour of the Museum.


Bookings will be taken at the March and April lectures.


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Tour of Basingstoke and historic buildings. @ The Vyne
May 24 all-day
Tour of Basingstoke and historic buildings. @ The Vyne | Sherborne Saint John | England | United Kingdom

This tour will include a visit to The Vyne an Elizabethan House and Gardens, now undergoing a £54 million roof refurbishment. The roof work can be viewed from a high covered gallery.

Image: Ipomoea lobata in the Summerhouse Garden at The Vyne © National Trust Images/Karen Legg

Sacred Art of Burma @ St Peter's Hall
May 30 all-day
Sacred Art of Burma @ St Peter's Hall | Limpsfield | England | United Kingdom

The temples, iconography, sculptures, textiles, dance performances, literature, landscapes and people of Burma are infused with the spirit of Buddhism. This gentle philosophy, preaching peace and serenity, has inspired some of the greatest art and architecture in the world, nowhere more so than in Burma, now known as Myanmar.

This lecture shows the artistic glories of temples throughout the country, their spires, statues, carvings, murals and rituals. It illustrates the religious symbolism of exquisite textiles and compelling dance ceremonies, showing how Buddhism inspired heroes such as Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world’s most significant advocates of peace.

Denise Heywood is an author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia as a journalist for three years and has also lived in France and America. She writes for many art, literary and travel publications, leads art tours to Southeast Asia and France and lectures on cruise ships sailing throughout Asia.

Her latest book is Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by Princess Buppha Devi, daughter of King Sihanouk.

Tour of Tower Bridge. @ Tower Bridge
Jun 13 all-day
Tour of Tower Bridge. @ Tower Bridge | England | United Kingdom

We will see the colourful history of this famous bridge from Victorian times until the present day, visit the Victorian engine rooms and admire the stunning views of London.

image © City of London

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.

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.