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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.

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. 

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.