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Programme 2018

Lectures commence at 10.30 prompt - Coffee from 9.45


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Tuesday January 16



The Postal Museum


      and Mail Rail

Postal Museum Jan 16

MiLord Abroad - The British Grand Tour

               by William Forrester




Tuesday January 23


       Followed by

New Members' Drinks

Lawrence of Arabia : Excavating a Legend

by Dr Neil Falkner FSA

Neil works as a freelance lecturer, editor, writer, excavator and occasional broadcaster.  He has appeared in Channel 4's Time Team programme and various documentaries for satellite and digital broadcasters.

Lawrence -Jan 23


                       Upper Hall                           Tuesday February 6

SID Feb 6 2018

William lectures for the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the National

Gallery and the National Trust.  He has written several books and written and presented programmes for TV and radio.  He is a Blue Badge Guide and Lecturer.

William's tour begins with the perils and pleasures of the journey via Calais, Paris and the Alps.  Then to Florence, Naples and Venice and from there to Rome.  On returning home we see how the tour influenced the exterior and interior of the British Town and Country House.




Tuesday February 27

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

by Anthea Streeter

Anthea studied Fine and Decorative Arts in London and continued her studies at Harvard University.  It was there that she became interested in 20th century architecture.  She has lectured widely around the UK.

2nd picture mackintosh 2nd picture Charles 1 March 13 No.2 Charles 1 March 13 No.1



Tuesday March 13




Charles 1  -  King and Collector



Tuesday March 27


Cenotaph March 27



Tuesday April 24


Bring a Guest Free

Lest We Forget: The Moving Story of Britain's War Memorials

by Andrew Davies MA (Hons)(Oxon)

Andrew is an Extra-Mural Tutor for London, Essex and The Open University;  author of nine books including The East End Nobody Knows  He has lectured all over the world and  organises walks to complement his lectures.

Votes for Women!  Art,  Suffragettes & Female Politicians

by Dr Caroline Shenton

Caroline is an archivist, historian and writer.  She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives.  Her first book, The Day Parliament Burned Down won top prize at the inaugural Political Book Awards in 2013 and her second book, Mr Barry's War, was published in 2016.

Suffragettes April 24



Tuesday May 15

Claydon H&G May 15

Claydon House


and Gardens



Tuesday May 29

Basingstoke and it's Contribution to World Culture

by Rupert Willoughby

Rupert specialises in the domestic and social life of the past.  He has published articles and books, the latest of which is Basingstoke and it's Contribution to World Culture.  He is an occasional broadcaster and experienced lecturer.

      Followed by

     Annual Lunch

  Booking Reguired

Basingstoke May 29

The Promenade des Anglais: The Artists of Nice

by The Right Revd Christopher Herbert BA PGCE MPhil Ph.D

Christopher has lectured widely in Galleries, Institutions both here and abroad and in churches and cathedrals throughout England and in Italy.  Until recently he was Archbishop of St Albans and a member of the House of Lords.

Artists of Nice June 26



Tuesday June 26



Tuesday July 10

    Scotney Castle




Great Dixter Gardens

Scotney Castle July10 No.1 Great Dixter Garden July 10 No.2 Lincolnshire 2019



     September 4 - 9




Tuesday September 25


Punch and Judy (A Subversive Symbol from Commedia Dell' Arte to the Present Day)

by Bertie Pearce

Bertie is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. He has shared his passion for Magic, Punch and Judy, Victorian Pastimes and Charles Dickens and his performances have taken him worldwide.

Silk Mill, Whitchurch




Sapphire Gin Distillery

Punch or Mayday Sept 25.



Tuesday October 16

Whitchurch Silk Mill Oct 16 No.1 Sapphire Gin Distillery Oct 16 No.2

AGM - 10.15 START




Tuesday October 23

The Art of North America

by Valerie Woodgate BA

Valerie is a Lecturer and Guide of Tate Britain and Tate Modern and other major galleries and, on religious art, in churches and cathedrals. She is also involved with  art for the blind and partially-sighted.

Art of North America Oct 23



Tuesday November 13

  NB - Not 4th Tuesday

Downton Abbey Revealed - The Story of Highclere Castle

by Matthew Williams

Matthew lectures widely on nineteenth and twentieth century designs. A recognised expert in the work of the designer William Bruges, he has been the Curator of Cardiff Castle since 1990.  

Highclere_Castle Noc 13



     Tuesday December 18


        Bring a Guest Free

Messenger or Missile - Angels with Glad Tidings, Doom, Gloom or Perdition?

by Caroline Holmes

Caroline has lectured worldwide and for major organisations in the UK.  She is the author of eleven books;  is involved in theatre productions and is a presenter and contributor on TV and BBC Radio 4.

Messenger or Missile Dec 18