Tuesday 1 September 2015
The Elgin Marbles: A History of Meaning
Speaker: Alan Read
A study of the Elgin Marbles, from the original controversy over their purchase to the current debate surrounding their restitution to the new Acropolis Museum in Athens.

Tuesday 6 October 2015
Jan Van Eyck
Speaker: Dr Paula Nuttall
This lecture discusses Van Eyck’s achievements and surveys his works, including the celebrated Ghent Altarpiece and the Arnolfini Marriage in the National Gallery.

Tuesday 3 November 2015
Great Tarts in Art: High Culture and the Oldest Profession
Speaker: Linda Smith
A light-hearted look at changing attitudes to sexual morality down the ages by examining the portraits and careers of some of history’s most notorious mistresses and courtesans.

Tuesday 1 December 2015
Three Wise Men: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh – Traditions of the Magi
Speaker: Christopher Bradley
We investigate how Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar travelled from The East which has been identified as any country from Arabia to Persia.
Following the December lecture, the committee invites you to stay for drinks and mince pies.

Tuesday 2 February 2016
Ethiopia: Tales of a Mysterious Land
Speaker: Louise Schofield
An archaeologist who has been involved in several expeditions to Ethiopia, notably one to the site of the fabled gold mines associated with the Queen of Sheba.

Tuesday 1 March 2016
The Art of Stained Glass
Speaker: Nicole Mezey
Nicole will talk about the history and intricacies of stained glass, often a collaboration between craftsmen, theologians, architects and their patrons.

Tuesday 5 April 2016
“A Child of 6 Could Do It!” Cartoonists and Modern Art
Speaker: Barry Venning
Cartoonists provide an absorbing, illuminating and, above all, a funny, revealing and sidelong view of 150 years of modern art.

Tuesday 3 May 2016
London’s Changing Skyline: Past, Present and Future
Speaker: Anthea Streeter
We see how the City has grown through the centuries and how new tall buildings are set to change the skyline even further.

Tuesday 7 June 2016
The Spectacular Gold and Silverware Collection of King George IV
Speaker: Oliver Everett
Oliver illustrates and highlights articles from the remarkable collection put together by the Prince Regent.

Tuesday 5 July 2016
AGM at 7.30pm
Lecture at 8pm
Clothing or Costume: Decoding Dress in the National Gallery
Speaker: Jacqui Ansell
Lecturer in fine and decorative arts at Christie’s Education London, who specialises in decoding dress in art.
Following the July lecture, the committee invites you to stay for drinks and nibbles.

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