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September 2022

LANDSCAPE AND THE ENVIRONMENT – FROM FACTORIES TO FRACKING

September 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 12th September LANDSCAPE AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM FACTORIES TO FRACKING  a lecture by Tricha Passes The lecture will take us back to the Eighteenth Century a time in which the industrial revolution was gathering ground and having a profound impact on the environment, both urban and rural. We shall start in the West Midlands in England, Coalbrookdale, then journey to the United States and consider the effects of industrialisation on the settlers and natives in that relatively new country.…

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October 2022

JOHN SINGER SARGENT: THE POWER OF THE PORTRAIT

October 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 10th October JOHN SINGER SARGENT: THE POWER OF THE PORTRAIT a lecture by Alexandra Epps From the scandal of the painting of Madame X to the trials, tribulations and triumph of Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, discover the rise, the fall and rise again of John Singer Sargent, the leading portrait painter of his age - the age of elegance. Discover an artist who devoted his entire life to the creation of beauty.

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November 2022

THE QUEEN OF INSTRUMENTS: THE LUTE WITHIN OLD MASTER PAINTINGS

November 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 14th November THE QUEEN OF INSTRUMENTS: THE LUTE WITHIN OLD MASTER PAINTINGS A lecture by  - Adam Busiakiewicz The lute holds a special place in the history of art: painters of the Italian Renaissance depicted golden-haired angels plucking its delicate strings, evoking celestial harmony; in the sixteenth century, during the rise of humanism, the lute was a becoming pastime of educated courtiers, as depicted by the likes of Holbein and Titian; throughout the seventeenth century, the instrument continued to…

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December 2022

A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS US EVERYONE

December 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 12th December A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS US EVERYONE A lecture by Bertie Pearce Charles Dickens has often been proclaimed as “The Man Who Invented Christmas” and indeed on hearing that Dickens had died, a cockney barrow-girl said: “Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?” Dickens revived the Christmas traditions with his warm portrayal of Christmas in the domestic setting; with plum pudding, piping hot turkey, games, dancing and family cheer by the hearth. Although…

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January 2023

WEDGEWOOD

January 9, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 9th January WEDGWOOD A lecture by : Jane Gardiner The contribution of Josiah Wedgwood I to the history of world ceramics. This lecture begins by looking at Wedgwood’s early career as a potter and his work with Thomas Whieldon. It goes on to examine the development and marketing of cream-coloured earthenware, the partnership with Thomas Bentley and the subsequent opening of the Etruria factory; with its production of black basalts and the development of encaustic painting. It will consider…

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February 2023

OSBORNE, PINTER & CO: POST-WAR BRITISH THEATRE

February 13, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 13th February OSBORNE, PINTER & CO: POST-WAR BRITISH THEATRE A lecture by  Giles Ramsay In 1956 British theatre audiences heard a harsh new voice in John Osborne's play "Look Back in Anger". Within two years Pinter's extraordinary play "The Birthday Party" had opened and split the critics and the public alike. Then along came Joe Orton, Edward Bond and Tom Stoppard. A revolution was taking place and its artistic aftermath can be felt to the present day.

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March 2023

BRUEGEL: PEASANTS, PROVERBS AND LANDSCAPES

March 13, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 13th March BRUEGEL: PEASANTS, PROVERBS AND LANDSCAPES A lecture by  Paula Nuttall The art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525/30-1569) is a byword for the depiction of genre subjects and landscapes. This lecture explores his work and its meanings, from his beginnings in the style of Hieronymus Bosch, to the development of a highly original art that offered an alternative to the Italianate art, then in vogue. Working for an elite circle of connoisseurs, at the end of…

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April 2023

THE MANY FACES OF WILLIAM MORRIS

April 3, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 3rd April THE MANY FACES OF WILLIAM MORRIS A lecture by : Joanna Banham William Morris was a man of prodigious energy, talent, and versatility. He was a designer, a craftsman, a writer, a lecturer, a conservationist and a revolutionary socialist. He is best-known today for his wallpapers and textiles but he also designed embroideries, stained glass, mural decoration, books and tapestries. And his firm, Morris & Co., was the foremost decorating company of his day. His over-arching passions…

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May 2023

AMADEO MODIGLIANI AND BOHEMIAN PARIS 1906-1920 

May 8, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 8th May AMADEO MODIGLIANI AND BOHEMIAN PARIS 1906-1920 A Lecture by : Julian Halsby Modigliani remains of the most popular artists of the 20th century. I discuss his short life in some detail looking at his early development and his arrival and life in Paris from 1906 to his death in 1920. Modigliani was at the centre of Bohemian Paris and was a close friend of Maurice Utrillo, Picasso, Max Jacob, Moise Kisling, Chaïm Soutine and many other painters…

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June 2023

‘HERE’S ONE THEY PREPARED EARLIER’: THE FIRST EFFORTS OF BRITAIN’S GREATEST ARCHITECTS

June 12, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road
Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RY United Kingdom
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Monday 12th June ‘HERE’S ONE THEY PREPARED EARLIER’: THE FIRST EFFORTS OF BRITAIN’S GREATEST ARCHITECTS A lecture by :Brian Stater Sir Christopher Wren, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Inigo Jones, Joseph Paxton....all these outstanding architects began with modest buildings which give glimpses of their future accomplishments. This lecture traces the little-known and highly entertaining story of how Rogers and Foster struggled to complete a terrace of three beautiful houses in 1960s north London. We look also at a charming brick pavilion…

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