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Some of our Future Talks

12th June 2019

Gavin Plumley: Cutural Experiments in the Weimar Republic.

We have invited Gavin Plumley back because we enjoyed his last talk so much. This time he talks about Germany after the first World War when art and architecture were in a state of flux.  In a Europe still reeling from the effects of war there came a period of startling artistic endeavour.  Experiments such as the Bauhaus, painters like Max Beckmann and Otto Dix, and the sultry style of Marlene Dietrich all contributed to a period of change.

Portrait of the journalist, Sylvia von Harden                                                               Marlene Dietrich

This is the last of this season's talks.   Next season promises to be as interesting as this has been.

Come and join us.

NEXT SEASON, September 2019 - June 2020

11th September 2019

Joanna Mabbutt: The Field of the Cloth of Gold

Henry VIII, the young and handsome renaissance prince, met Francis I of France 500 years ago next year.  Each vied to be the more magnificent, each had 6000 followers, and each had imperial ambitions.  Joanna tells us how they did it.

                    Francis I                                                                 A magnificent golden tent

9th October 2019

Tim Redmond: A Tour of Big Ben.

Tim Redmond, an ex-policeman, will take us on a virtual tour of this iconic clock tower, saving us from climbing the 334 steps.

There was friction over the original design; the workings are complicated and we will find out how they work and learn more about the history of the tower and its building.

13th November 2019

Diana Mitchell: Highclere Castle

Diana Mitchell, a senior guide to Highclere, will introduce us to the treasures of this amazing building.  Sir Charles Barry designed the building we see today, with lovely grounds ready for exploration.  Not only does the Castle itself have a fascinating history, but the present Earl of Carnavon's ancestor was the famous discoverer of Tutankhamun's tomb,  The Egyptian treasures at Highclere are worth a visit in themselves.