Some of our Future Talks

11th December 2019

Geri Parlby: The History and Art of the Crib.

Discover the roots of the familiar crib.  Italian Churches introduced displays in the 1300s and they have evolved into the many diverse examples we know today. Geri will concentrate on the art form of the crib, from medieval carved masterpieces to the extraordinary semi-pagan variations of South America.

A Peruvian Crib                                                       A German Nativity Scene made from paper.

Explore the history of the Harp from the times of King David to the the present day.  The extensive repertoire written for it will be explained and illustrated by our speaker who was co-principal harp of the London Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years.

8th January 2020

Karen Vaughan: History and Development of the Harp

12th February 2020

Diana Mitchell: Highclere Castle

Diana is Head Guide at Highclere Castle, seat of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, and now famous world wide as 'Downton Abbey'.

Highclere has much more to offer, with beautiful grounds, interesting rooms and, of course, the Egyptian Exhibition with its astounding objects found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

There will be a visit to Highclere in April when members can see everything for themselves.