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At the moment all meetings will be held at 10.30am via Zoom. You will receive an email prior to all lectures with a code and joining instructions.

Hieronymus Bosch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

January 13th 2021

BEAUTIFUL, BEASTLY, BIZARRE: The Art of Hieronymus Bosch

Paula Nuttall

This lecture unravels the meanings of Bosch’s enigmatic paintings in the context of his own time, explaining them in terms of social satire, medieval folklore and pre-Reformation spirituality, while also revealing the beauty and inventiveness of his images.

Australian Art

February 10th 2021


Jeni Fraser

The story of Australia is inextricably linked to its landscape, providing a rich seam of inspiration for Australian artists for centuries.

March 10th 2021

Inn insignia - Pub Signs

John Ericson

Pubs and their signs are a fundamental part of our history and cultural heritage. This lecture explores the fascinating stories behind the origin of some of their peculiar names.

April 14th 2021

Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre

David Tovey

David Tovey specialises in St Ives art, the Newlyn School and the other Cornish art colonies of Lamorna, Polperro and Falmouth in the period prior to 1950

image Liz Shakespeare
May 19th 2021

The Postman Poet Show

Liz Shakespeare

The true story of Edward Capern - a 19th century postman who became nationally renowned and who wrote while walking the Devon lanes.

Toby Capwell
June 9th 2021

Golden Gods, Wild Men and Axe Fights

Toby Capwell

The Art of the Renaissance Courtly Spectacle. Toby Capwell is Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London, one of the world's great collections of medieval and Renaissance weapons, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.

Justine Hopkins
September 8th 2021

Adventures in Three Dimensions

Justine Hopkins

The story of sculpture through the 20th century shows form manipulated to explore emotion as well as appearance, materials dictating meaning as well as shape and a three-dimensional language used as expressively as any poet or novelist to reveal the rhythms and meanings of life itself.

Sue Jackson
October 13th 2021

The Cultural Heritage of the Huguenots

Sue Jackson

An introduction to the great impact Huguenot refugees had on British culture in the 1700s. As silk weavers, goldsmiths, ironworkers and horticulturists the Huguenots made an extraordinary contribution to English craftsmanship.

Roman Engineering
November 10th 2021

Roman Ingenuity and Engineering

John Sherlock

In this richly illustrated lecture John picks out the major innovations in architecture that the ancient Romans introduced. He discusses what they themselves inherited from ancient Greece, and then shows how they added new patterns (or 'orders'), new structures, new materials and new building techniques.

Rosemary Hawthorne
December 8th 2021

A Humorous Entertainment

Rosemary Hawthorne

A lecture by a recognised fashion historian of ‘Intimate’ Apparel. Rosemary Hawthorne has been described as ‘The Joyce Grenfell of Knickers’ and as ‘…having the style and timing of pure comic genius’.