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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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Apr
25
Wed
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.

 

December 2017 Newsletter

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!

That Woman or the Duchess of Style

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. 

Apr
25
Wed
all-day Basingstoke & Its Contribution t... @ St Peter's hall
Basingstoke & Its Contribution t... @ 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[...]
May
4
Fri
10:45 am Tour of the Royal Courts of Just... @ Royal Courts of Justice
Tour of the Royal Courts of Just... @ 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[...]
May
24
Thu
all-day Tour of Basingstoke and historic... @ The Vyne
Tour of Basingstoke and historic... @ 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[...]
May
30
Wed
all-day Sacred Art of Burma @ St Peter's Hall
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[...]
Jun
13
Wed
all-day Tour of Tower Bridge. @ Tower Bridge
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
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.