Charnwood Venue: Quorn Church Rooms, Church Lane, Quorn LE12 8DP Lectures are held on the second Thursday of the month (excluding July and August). The Society arranges outings, specialist Study Days, has sponsored a Young Arts Exhibition and compiled and launched a Church Trail.  2019 Thursday 14th February 2019 Alan Read ‘Very Bad for Art’ ? The impact of the Great War on 3 Artists Unfortunately there is no synopsis for this lecture, so no information available. Thursday 14th March 2019 Tasha Marks From marchpane to mutton : A taste of Shakespeare’s time Originally created for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday celebrations at the V&A, this lecture centres on what the bard himself would have eaten in his lifetime. Shakespeare had an exceptional gastronomic experience, eating at the tavern like many of his contemporaries, but also regularly at the Royal Court - meaning a journey into his edible life-story is a microcosm of the Elizabethan Era, and an exploration of the 16th century and beyond. Click here for an article on food eaten in Shakespeare‘s time Thursday 11th April 2019 Magdalen Evans William Simmonds and the English Puppet Theatre Simmonds was an old-fashioned Cotswolds craftsman, who achieved a stellar reputation by the time he died in 1968.  Much in demand, his ambitious puppet shows were put on for grown-ups as well as children. He could carve a calibrated figure one-sixth-life-size so convincingly that, when controlled by an expert puppeteer, reviewers thought his creatures had a life of their own. Winston Churchill was one of many who admired a performance put on by the 2nd Duke of Westminster at his country house, Eaton Hall in Cheshire. Trained at the Royal Academy and emerging from the Arts&Crafts movement in Gloucestershire, Simmonds moved on from traditional painting to designing aircraft for De Haviland during the First World War. Background to William Simmonds and his wife. Thursday 9th May 2019 John Ericson The Story of Beatrix Potter Unfortunately there is no synopsis for this lecture, so no information available. Thursday 30th May 2019 – DAY TIME MEETING Nicholas Henderson ‘How to Read’ The English Church How to read the architectural and liturgical features that have shaped the building through the ages to the present day. Part one: The pre-Christian to the Tudors It is possible to ‘read’ the passage of time, of movements, cultures and peoples in the architecture and art forms evident in many of our older English country churches. This lecture takes us from the pre-Christian era, through the arrival of the Romans and onwards to the sixteenth century and the epoch changing Tudors Simple indicators are given how to identify churches with Roman and Saxon origins. The great flowering of Romanesque and Gothic architecture that followed the invasion of the Normans in the eleventh century are explained with illustrated examples. Onwards into the high Middle Ages and the tumultuous changes of the Reformation we can see the architectural and structural evidence of a period of great change. Part two: The Tudors to the present This second part takes us on from the Tudor era into the establishment of a new Protestant England visible in church structures. Later the profound destructive changes of the seventeenth century Commonwealth era are followed by restoration and liturgical change. The largely forgotten Georgian period of church architecture is examined as church architecture that the Victorians forgot. In turn the great period of church building and Gothic revival of the Victorian era and the associated innovations of the Oxford and Cambridge movements are examined in detail. Finally, there is a brief look at contemporary changes that have influenced and altered church buildings as the English country church continues to reflect the passing of the ages. Thursday 13th June 2019 Stella Lyons Between the Sheets It's the most intimate space there is. The room in which we lay bare our souls. It's where we share our deepest secrets, and where we hide them. For this reason, the bedroom has a long tradition in art history. This talk explores the diverse ways in which artists have approached the subject looking at works from the medieval period, through the Renaissance and right up until the present day. Do you feel strongly about Tracey Emin's infamous bed? This talk is for you!   Thursday 12th September 2019 Dominic Riley A Kelmscott Chaucer of our Times William Morris founded his Kelmscott Press in 1890 in order to save the  fine art of hand printing in Britain. When in 1896 his last book, the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, was published, it was universally hailed as the greatest book of the age. It is a huge book, with illustrations by Burne Jones and decorations by Morris, and was printed at the press in Hammersmith over a four year period. Fewer than 400 copies were produced. In 2012 Dominic was presented with a copy in a poor binding, with a view to creating a contemporary artistic binding for it. This lecture is the record that process. He will give an overview of Morris and the Kelmscott Press, and then talk about his very demanding commission — from the early designs to the completion of the project four years later. Background to the book Thursday 10th October 2019 ( AGM at 7.15 pm) Brian Healey When Cotton was King – The architectural legacy of 19th Century Manchester Cottonopolis’ as it became known, was the world’s first industrialized city that enjoyed unstoppable growth for much of the last century. With it came grand commercial and civic buildings on a scale and of a quality never witnessed in the city before. This lecture examines the extraordinary variety of such buildings and shows how their architects and stonemasons brought directly into the streets of Manchester the golden age of Pericles, the architecture of Renaissance Italy and the gothic of the Grand Canal. It goes into a detailed study of the allegorical sculpture and decoration of many of these buildings, many of which have fascinating stories to tell and which were designed by eminent architects such as Charles Barry and Alfred Waterhouse even before they went on to make names for themselves in the capital itself. The Exchange in Manchester in 1835 Background on Cottonopolis Thursday 14th November 2019 Julia Korner The Conservation of Paintings The talk comprises a practical, step-by-step guide to the conservation of paintings through the ages.  It starts with a brief history of the preparation of panels and canvases and illustrates the different approaches and techniques involved in their conservation.  Various ‘before’, ‘during’ and ‘after’ photographs show the pictures undergoing conservation and the processes involved. The frames housing various paintings undergoing conservation are discussed with illustrations showing the various stages involved in their conservation. Thursday 12th December 2019 ( Wine & Mince Pies ) Dr Claire Walsh Jane Austen’s Christmas Before the Victorians reinvented it, the traditional Christmas was a very different affair. Devoid  of Father Christmas, Christmas trees and commercialisation, the emphasis was on gentility, tradition and sociability. Jane Austen set many scenes from her novels during the Christmas period exactly because this was a time for social gatherings. We’ll look at the balls, parties, dinners, games, traditions and celebrations that filled the festive season. Novels, letters, paintings and engravings are used to bring the Georgian Christmas to life. Background to a Georgian Christmas Page designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome Handshake Computer Training
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