Lecture Programme 2017-2018

The times for all meetings, except for the AGM and lecture, are coffee 10.15am, chairman's notices 10.50am, lecture 11.00am.

Thursday 11th May 2017
John Ericson -

Children's book illustrations


John Ericson was formerly a lecturer at the University of Bath where he was Director of Studies in the School of Education with the responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and this has given him the opportunity to give lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world.  He has taken extensive lecture tours of Australia and New Zealand and, as well as the talks he has developed from his professional background, he offers presentations on an eclectic range of topics that are derived from his diverse interests and enthusiasms, such as antique corkscrews and Norman Rockwell. This is John Ericson’s second visit to our Society.  He last spoke to us in September 2014 on The Shakers of North America.

Thursday 8th June 2017
Dr Sam Newton -

The Golden Age of Early England


Dr Sam Newton is the author of several books which include ‘The Origins of Beowulf’ and ‘The reckoning of King Rædwald: The Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial’.  He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed much to television and radio.  He is a Director of the Study-Centre at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk and a Time Team historian.

Thursday 14th September 2017
Dr Geri Parlby -

From Magic Lanterns to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – the birth of the Silver Screen and the Artists it inspired


Dr Parlby is a former Fleet Street journalist and film PR. She has a first class honours degree in History and Theology, a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology Doctorate from Roehampton University. She now heads the Visual Arts distance learning programme from Exeter University and is principal lecturer for NADFAS South West Area’s History of Art Foundation Certificate at the University of Plymouth.

Thursday 12th October 2017
Dr Helen Rufus-Ward -

Glorious Things: Discovering Byzantium through its Art


Dr Rufus-Ward is an Art Historian with a BA, MA and a doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Sussex. She has published books on Late Antique and Byzantine ivory carvings and 19th century plaster cast collecting. She is also an associate tutor at the University of Sussex and has lectured at several universities and art institutions such as the Wallace Collection and the Society of Antiquaries of London

Thursday 9th November 2017
Anne Seeba -

Les Parisiennes - How the women of Paris lived, loved and died in the 1940s


Anne Seeba is a biographer, historian and author of eleven books and lectures in the US and UK. She is a former Reuters foreign correspondent and is now a broadcaster. She presented the BBC Radio 3 documentary about the pianist Harriet Cohen and for Radio 4 the documentary ‘Who was Joyce Hatto?’ Her biographies include Jennie Churchill, William Bankes, Laura Ashley and Wallis Simpson (published as The Woman) which was an international best seller. Her latest book is a history of Paris between 1939-49 through women’s eyes and was published in 2016. This is the subject of today’s lecture. Anne last visited us in February 2013 when she spoke on Jennie Churchill.

Thursday 14th December 2017
Dr Claire Walsh -

Charles Dickens: Imagery of Christmas


Dr Walsh received her degrees both in this country and Italy. She has worked for the V&A, lectured for the Universities of Warwick, Teeside and the Open University. She has given talks to the Art Fund, the Ceramics Society, the Costume Society and the Ancient Monuments Society. She has lectured in Europe, the USA (at Yale and Huntingdon) and Canada.

Thursday 11th January 2018
Gavin Plumley -

Gustav Klimt: Imperial Muralist turned Radical Painter


Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributes to The Independent on Sunday and The Guardian. He lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th Centuries to various institutions including the National Gallery, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate, the Neue Galerie in New York, the Art Fund and history of art societies.

Thursday 8th February 2018
Toby Faber -

19th Century Indians, Buffalos and Storms: The American West in 19th Century Art


Toby Faber has written two works of narrative history ‘Stradivarius’ and ‘Fabergé’s Eggs’. He has given lectures associated with these two subjects at various venues including the V&A, Bath Theatre, The Library of Congress and the Huntingdon Library. He is a member of the famous publishing family, Faber and Faber where he was managing director for five years and is still a member of the board of directors. He is also a non-executive Chairman of its sister company, Faber Music, a trustee of Yale Press (UK) and a director of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society.

Thursday 8th March 2018
Professor Michelle Brown -

Illuminated Manuscripts – Medieval Makers and Users


Professor Brown is Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies, SAS, University of London, visiting Professor at UCL and Baylor University, Texas and Senior Researcher at the University of Oslo. Formerly a Course Tutor in ‘History of the Book’ (SAS), Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and lecturer at Birkbeck and Morley Colleges. Her recent publications include ‘The Book and the Transformation of Britain c 550-1050’ and ‘Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish and Anglo-Saxon Visual Culture’.

Thursday 12th April 2018
David Rosier -

Emperor Qianlong: Ultimate Renaissance Ruler and Fine Arts Collector


David Rosier is a Chartered Insurer by profession and a Fellow of the Assurance Medical Society. He has in excess of 25 years both working and living in Asia. During his 13 years living in Hong Kong he assembled a collection of approximately 700 predominately Qing Dynasty Imperial and related textiles/costumes accessories (1644-1911). He is a past Committee Member of the Hong Kong Textile Society and frequent speaker on Imperial Insignia and Badges of Rank.

Thursday 10th May 2018
Mark Cottle -

‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’ - The Wilton Diptych and the Angel Roof of Westminster Hall


Mark Cottle was born on the Isles of Scilly and educated in Cornwall and at Birmingham University. His career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad. He has lectured at Exeter College on Medieval and Tudor history, St Margaret and St John’s University College, Plymouth and at Bath University on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England. He currently runs two small companies providing training and study breaks.