Tuesday 7 July 2020
The World of the Bayeux Tapestry

Speaker: Rupert Willoughby
A lively introduction to the tapestry, a landmark in the history of Western art.

Tuesday 4 August 2020
English Deltware Pots
Speaker: Briony Hudson
“In Painted Pots is Hidden the Deadliest Poison”

Tuesday 1 September 2020
The Punch and Judy Show
Speaker: Bertie Pearce
A subversive symbol from Commedia dell’Arte to the present day.

Tuesday 6 October 2020
150 years of London Underground Design
Speaker: Mark Ovenden
Mark discusses the design of the London Underground, including the iconic tube map.

Tuesday 3 November 2020
From Tabards to Tailoring
Benjamin Wild
A brief history of men’s fashions from the middle ages to modernity.

Tuesday 1 December 2020
The Magic of Pantomime

Speaker: Ian Gledhill
Ian discusses the history of this enduring and peculiarly British institution, from its origins in 16th century Italian commedia dell’arte, through the influence of 19th century music hall, to the family shows that are still much loved today.

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