lecture programme 2022

LOCATION AND TIMES

Our lectures take at 3 pm and 7 pm on the first Wednesday of each month, except January and August in the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne.

Please arrive at the Hall to check in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled lecture time so that you and the check-in team can be seated before the doors are closed five minutes before the lecture. Members are asked to have their plastic membership cards ready to ease the check-in process.

VISITORS

We welcome visitors to our lectures. There is a Visitor Charge of £7. Please register and pay online by clicking on the button below. 

While registration and payment online is preferred visitors to the Digby Hall can also register and pay by card (preferred) or cash at the door.  

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6th July 2022

The Gateway to Eternity

Russian Icons

Jane Angelini

This lecture aims to introduce people to the world of icons and at their role in the Orthodox church where they are still regarded as intermediaries between the material and spiritual worlds.

Adam Busiakiewicz,

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7th September 2022

The Queen of Instruments

The Lute in Old Master Paintings

(Accompanied by Adam on his Lute)

Adam Busiakiewitz

From the golden-haired lute-playing angels of the Italian Renaissance, through to the 17th century when the lute became the pastime of educated courtiers; then to intimate interior scenes of Jan Steen and Franz Hals emphasising transient pleasures…accompanied by Adam on his own lute.

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5th October 2022

The most Infamous Family in History?

Sarah Dunant

Murder, poison, corruption, incest…but were the Borgias really so bad? Sometimes truth is more intoxicating than myth.

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2nd November 2022

Caravaggio – Rebel on the Run

Sian Walters

Caravaggio was the definitive bad boy of art history. His meteoric rise to fame ended abruptly following a particularly violent and bloody brawl. This lecture explores in particular the last 4 years of his life, a period of extraordinary creative activity when the artist was forced to leave Rome, realising that his life was in danger.

Moulin Rouge

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7th December 2022

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Golden Age of Cabaret

Julian Halsby

Toulouse-Lautrec’s life is both a triumph against adversity and a glimpse into late 19th century society in Paris. Julian looks at the careers of the leading cabaret artists who were the subject of Lautrec’s art including La Goulue, Jane Avril, Yvette Guilbert, May Milton, the clown Cha-U-Kao and Aristide Bruant, as well as at some of the well known venues such as Le Rat Mort, the Moulin Rouge, the Divan Japonais and the Moulin de la Galette. This is a lively view of La Belle Époque seen through the eyes of an artist from an aristocratic family.