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Our lectures are held at Duke Street Church, Duke Street, Richmond TW9 1DH.

We meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January for drinks at 7pm and a one-hour lecture 8pm.

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Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us there.

The May and November lectures are are our regular “Bring a Friend Free” lectures. Everybody is welcome to come along for free and make a bit of a party of it.

Other lectures
Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
Students: Free, upon production of your student card.

If you would like to, you are most welcome to come along for a taster lecture. The fee you pay is refunded if you join as a member.

All our speakers are professionals, selected from the NADFAS Directory of accredited lecturers.

Lecture Programme

Tuesday 2 May 2017
The Prince Regent and the Excesses of Regency Period Style
Speaker: Stephen Richardson
Stephen will explore the many facets of Regency architecture, interior decoration and furnishing.
This is a bring-a-friend-free lecture.

Tuesday 6 June 2017
The Scoliotic Knight: Reconstructing the Real Richard III and His Armour
Speaker: Tobias Capwell
This lecture discusses the results of the latest research and experimentation carried out by Tobias for the Channel 4 documentary “Richard III: The New Evidence”.

Tuesday 4 July 2017
AGM at 7.30pm
Lecture at 8pm
The River of England: Turner and the Thames
Speaker: Nicola Moorby
This lecture examines Turner’s engagement with the River Thames. Rich in meaning and visual effects, the Thames became one of Turner’s most frequently depicted subjects.
Following the July lecture, the committee invites you to stay for drinks and nibbles.

Tuesday 1 August 2017
The Great Fire of London in 1666
Speaker: Barbara Askew
This lecture examines the devastation wrought by the fire and looks at the inspirational plans put forward for the rebuilding of the City.

Tuesday 5 September 2017
Les Parisiennes
Speaker: Anne Sebba
This lecture tells the story of how the women of Paris lived, loved and died in the 1940s, as epitomised by Coco Chanel and Genevieve Gaulle.

Tuesday 3 October 2017
Chatsworth House and the Devonshire Collections in the Modern Age
Speaker: Simon Seligman
The lecture describes Derbyshire’s treasure house in the modern age.

Tuesday 7 November 2017
Inspired by Stonehenge
Speaker: Julian Richards
Julian will examine Stonehenge’s architecture, the production of stone tools and the beliefs that may have driven its development.
This is a bring-a-friend-free lecture.

Tuesday 5 December 2017
Ghosts!
Speaker: Susan Owens
Susan tells the fascinating story of ghosts in English art and entertainment.
Following the December lecture, the committee invites you to stay for drinks and mince pies.

Tuesday 6 February 2018
Paul Gauguin – Genius or Madman?
Speaker: Eveline Eaton
Gaugin’s teacher said: “This boy will either be a genius or a madman”. This lecture will discuss whether this prediction is true.

Tuesday 6 March 2018
Cracking Glass
Speaker: Mark Hill
An overview of Britain’s ‘Big Four’ postwar glass companies, Whitefriars, King’s Lynn (Wedgwood), Caithness and Dartington. The current glut of Whitefriars fakes is covered, including tips on how to spot them!

Tuesday 3 April 2018
Murder, Sex and Mayhem in English Churches
Speaker: John Vigar
This lecture discuses murder and mayhem from across the country and explains both the stories behind them and their relevance to particular periods of history.

Tuesday 1 May 2018
Mosaics in Ravenna
Speaker: Christopher Herbert
The mosaics of Ravenna were created during great political turmoil. In the fifth and sixth centuries, invaders played havoc with the western Roman Empire. In spite of this, artists and church leaders created churches of astonishing beauty.
This is a bring-a-friend-free lecture.

Tuesday 5 June 2018
At Rest in Kew – Johann Zoffany
Speaker: Frances Hughes
It is 200 years since the death of Johann Zoffany, prolific painter of the theatre and a superb recorder of English society in India in the 1780s.

Tuesday 3 July 2018
AGM at 7.30pm
Lecture at 8pm
18th Century Georgian Furniture
Speaker: Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski
This lecture traces the development of elegance through style in relation to the design and construction of furniture during the 18th century.
Following the July lecture, the committee invites you to stay for drinks and nibbles.

Tuesday 7 August 2018
From the Workshop to the Studio: Images of the Artist at Work
Speaker: Aliki Braine

Tuesday 4 September 2018
Ups and Downs in the Lives of the Impressionists
Speaker: Carole Petipher

Tuesday 2 October 2018
Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture!
Speaker: Rupert Willloughby

Tuesday 6 November 2018
Brangwyn’s War
Speaker: Libby Horner
This is a bring-a-friend-free lecture.

Tuesday 4 December 2018
Is Christmas in Bad Taste?
Speaker: David Phillips
Following the December lecture, the committee invites you to stay for drinks and mince pies.

Tuesday 5 February 2019
Postcards from Near and Far: Picturing the 20th Century
Speaker: Chloe Sayer

Tuesday 5 March 2019
Mr Barry’s Great Work: Restoring the Houses of Parliament in the 19th Century
Speaker: Caroline Shenton

Tuesday 2 April 2019
Ivories
Speaker: Maggie Campbell Pederson

Tuesday 7 May 2019
David Hockney and his Struggles with Modernism
Speaker: Ray Warburton
This is a bring-a-friend-free lecture.

Tuesday 4 June 2019
The Art of the Classic French Paperweight
Speaker: Simon Cottle

Tuesday 2 July 2019
AGM at 7.30pm
Lecture at 8pm
A Load of Old Balls
Speaker: Simon Inglis

Tuesday 6 August 2019
Fortitude and Fancy – Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn
Speaker: Nicholas Henderson

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