lecture programme 2024
Our lectures take place 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 10 minutes before the lecture. Members are asked to have their plastic membership cards ready to ease the check-in process.
Coffee and Biscuits are served from 45 minutes before lecture time and serving stops 15 minutes before lecture time.
We welcome visitors to our lectures in the Digby Hall. There is a Visitor Charge of £10.
Visitors can register and pay by card (preferred) or cash at the door. If paying by cash please present exact amount
7 February 2024
Fraud or Genius
The Lecture will trace the story of Banksy’s humble beginnings as a tagger on the streets of Bristol in the 1980’s to one of the most recognisable names in the art world.
6 March 2024
The Three Great Game Changers of 19th Century Opera
3rd April 2024
Making sense of Portraits in Country Houses
8th May 2024
Please Note this Lecture is a week later than usual!
The Mayan Civilisation of Central America
5th June 2024
The Nation’s Mantlepiece:
A History of the National Gallery in Ten Paintings
3rd July 2024
George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham-
The Handsomest Man in 17th Century Europe and His Patronage of the Arts
Lucy will show us his collection. She will tell us his story.
The Skagen Painters
2nd October 2024
Mars and the Muses:
The Renaissance Art of Armour
Armour was one of the great Renaissance art-forms. In the 15th and 16th centuries most of the richest noblemen in Europ were dedicated patrons of the armourer’s art. This lecture serves as an introduction to the idea of armour as an expressive art-form.
6th November 2024
The Power of Photography
Photographs have the ability to stop time, to provide a freeze-frame of a moment in time and space. This lecture examines some of the most important images and photographs of the past century.
4th December 2024
A Rebel on the Run:
Caravaggio’s Final Years
This lecture explores the last four years of Caravaggio’s life. A period of extraordinary creative activity when the artist was forced to leave Rome.