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.

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. Actually, bring as many friends as you like! Everybody is welcome to come along for free in May and November.

Other lectures
Members: Free
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.

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 Geneviève de 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. Bring as many friends as you’d like!

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. Bring as many friends as you’d like!

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
This lecture investigates the shifting environment in which artists have depicted themselves.

Tuesday 4 September 2018
Ups and Downs in the Lives of the Impressionists
Speaker: Carole Petipher
The lives and early works of Monet, Renoir, Pisarro, Sisley and Morisot will be explored in this lively and entertaining lecture.

Tuesday 2 October 2018
Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture!
Speaker: Rupert Willloughby
Rupert reveals the nobler Basingstoke that is buried beneath the concrete and its historic gems.

Tuesday 6 November 2018
Frank Brangwyn and his World War I Posters
Speaker: Libby Horner
Brangwyn was a war correspondent in all but name. This lecture his varied career and inspirations
This is a bring-a-friend-free lecture. Bring as many friends as you’d like!

Tuesday 4 December 2018
Is Christmas in Bad Taste?
Speaker: David Phillips
We discover some wonderful and some gloriously awful Christmas imagery, from Giotto’s painting of the first Christmas crib to the modern day.
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
This lecture celebrates the long history and vast scope of picture postcards – bearers of news and repositories of memories.

Tuesday 5 March 2019
Charles Barry’s Great Work: Restoring the Houses of Parliament
Speaker: Caroline Shenton
The story of how Charles Barry created the most famous building in Great Britain.

Tuesday 2 April 2019
The Lure of Ivory
Speaker: Maggie Campbell Pederson
The talk will look at lure of ivory through the ages, its many and varied uses, and how to recognise ivories from different species, for example elephant, walrus and whale — and their fakes.

Tuesday 7 May 2019
David Hockney and his Struggles with Modernism
Speaker: Ray Warburton
This lecture will focus on how Hockney came to do some of his most famous paintings including his double portraits and swimming pool pictures.
This is a bring-a-friend-free lecture. Bring as many friends as you’d like!

Tuesday 4 June 2019
The Art of the Classic French Paperweight
Speaker: Simon Cottle
Together with fine paperweight examples, the methods of manufacture will be clearly demonstrated, set against the turbulent nature of society in mid 19th century France.

Tuesday 2 July 2019
AGM at 7.30pm
Lecture at 8pm
A Load of Old Balls
Speaker: Simon Inglis
Cricket balls were made of cork, worsted, hemp, brown oats, suet, lard, alum, stale ale and dragon’s blood. Can this really be true or is it just a load of old balls?
Following the July lecture, the committee invites you to stay for drinks and nibbles.

Tuesday 6 August 2019
Fortitude and Fancy – Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn
Speaker: Nicholas Henderson
The story of Henry VIII’s two most important queens, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, and the social, religious and political consequences of their struggles for ascendancy.

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