11th March 2020
Tony Tucker: Sir Christopher Wren - his life and career.
Is there anyone who has not heard of Sir Christopher Wren? But how much do we know about him apart from St Paul's? Tony will talk about Wren's expertise as an astronomer and scientist as well as his many architectural achievements in Oxford and Cambridge. The sources of Wren's inspiration as well as the changes he made to the London skyline with his many churches will give us an insight into this great man.
The Sheldonian, Oxford St Paul's
8th April 2020
Elizabeth Merry: Travels in Rajasthan with Rudyard Kipling
The young Kipling toured Rajasthan in 1888 and wrote some magical and evocative descriptions of the buldings he saw on his travels. We explore some of the magnificent architectural splendours he saw and gain some insights into the rich cultural history of the 'Land of Kings'
UmaidBhawan A Hill Fort
13th May 2020
Linda Smith: Augustus and Gwen John.
Two talented siblings. born in Wales in the 1870s, who both studied at the Slade School of Art in London. Linda takes a careful look at the lives of both of them, and the relative successes they enjoyed during and after their lifetimes.