lecture programme to December 2021

While Covid-19 continues to be a threat we are holding our lectures on Zoom. These are usually at 5pm unless otherwise stated. Please log in 15 minutes earlier. Members and visitors who have registered are sent log-in details in advance of each lecture. To log-in successfully you will need to have signed up to Zoom and to have signed in. You can sign up using the button below. If you have problems with this please contact us.
Lectures will resume in the hall as soon as possible. We anticipate a period in which lectures will be presented live on Zoom directly from the Hall.

We welcome visitors to our lectures, both on Zoom or in the Digby Hall. Costs are:

  • Zoom:  £ 5, billed after the event
  • Hall:  £ 7


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1 September 2021

Passionate Potters

de Morgan to Leach

Julian Richards

This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters  and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations. William de Morgan, the Martin brothers, Sir Edmund Elton and finally, Bernard Leach, created a legacy that is still alive today

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6 October 2021

A 21st century Renaissance

Chatsworth and the Devonshires

Simon Seligman

Chatsworth has undergone a renaissance under the leadership of first, the 11th, and now the 12th, Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This portrait of the Devonshire’s treasure house in the modern age illustrates the extensive renovations, and the restoration of historic interiors and works of art. It includes work by modern artists including Lucian Freud, Elisabeth Frink, David Hockney and others

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3 November 2021

Beautiful. Beastly, Bizarre

The art of Hieronymous Bosch

Paula Nuttall

Bosch’s paintings of nightmarish monsters, demons and bizarre allegories, have intrigued viewers for centuries. The meanings of his enigmatic paintings are unravelled and explained, while their beauty and inventiveness is also revealed

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1 December 2021

Food and Art through the Ages

From Renaissance sugar sculpture to 3D printing

Tasha Marks

A whistle-stop tour of the history of food as an artistic medium, starting with 16th century sugar sculpture and venturing all the way up to 3D dessert printing and beyond.  A treat for those with a sweet tooth, as Marks feels the subject of food and art through the ages is most exciting in the realms of the dessert. This exploration of dessert as spectacle includes an accompanying display to illustrate and enhance this historic subject