Welcome to The Arts Society Limpsfield (formerly known as Limpsfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society). 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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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
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This last newsletter of the year provides me with an opportunity to thank the large number of people who work so hard behind the scenes to make our Society the success that it is. I’ll single out Wendy Collett for some extra praise, as she puts this newsletter together for us every month. Well done Wendy!
While the first Christmas tree in the UK was organised by Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, the celebration on Christmas Day dates back to the birth of Mithras in pagan times.
There is a general view that Wallis was a grasping gold-digger but her parents came from well to do families. Her father died of TB when she was only 2 months old and her mother depended on Uncle Sol who paid for Wallis’s education.