PAST lectureS From September 2020

2 June 2021

Undressing Antiques 

“Antiques. I don’t understand them and they’re beyond my budget. They’re not for me.”

Mark Hill

A persuasive introduction to buying antiques and integrating and using them in today’s homes.  We look at what current and future generations of collectors of antiques are buying, why they are buying them and how they are displayed

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED

A very energetic and engaging lecturer

…he was jolly good – I was riveted

5 May 2021

Sicilian Splendours

From Greece to the Normans

Dr Paul Roberts

We look at the rich art, architecture and history of Sicily – the largest and wealthiest island of the ancient Mediterranean

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED

Really excellent. I thought Paul explained the convoluted history remarkably well and the photos were excellent

I really enjoyed the lecture. I do miss the UK and its cultural life. ( I studied and worked in London museums from 2002 to 2012) and it was a pleasure listening to Paul and see again some of the places I visited in the 80`s.

The Zoom lecture today was brilliant. We were able to relive a fascinating trip we took there in 2003 when there were hardly any other people at the ancient sites.Thank you so very much for allowing us to participate from Toronto.

. Thank you for that most interesting lecture on Sicily. When we were there two years ago we stayed at the Villa Politi Grand Hotel in Syracusa. It is perched on the edge of a massive quarry which we were told was dug by the Athenians. I now understand the history and feel very sorry for those unfortunate people.

…just listened to Paul Roberts` lecture in total rapture. What an excellent lecturer he is…only wish I had heard it before I went to Sicily some years ago.
I thoroughly enjoyed the lecture, which was excellent

7 April 2021

Foreigners in London 1520-1677

The artists who changed the course of British Art

Leslie Primo

Why were foreign painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to native-born English painters? Why did foreigners come in the first place, what was their motivation, and what was the impact of foreigners in London on English art and art practice?

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED

A really great lecture, which I much enjoyed, particularly the delivery.

Great lecture and very knowledgable speaker.

Excellent lecture, very interesting indeed. Delightful lecturer.

I thought it was a brilliant lecture and a brilliant speaker! I hope he is asked back.

A superb talk, great speaker and very informative.

I enjoyed the lecture and I should be delighted to join Sherborne. Your lecture programme is outstanding.

I enjoyed last night’s lecture and, funnily enough, I thought it was probably better on Zoom than in the Digby Hall.  One could really put one’s nose up to the detail of the illustrations, especially the drawings / etchings. Thank you all for organising another great treat!

I enjoyed the lecture yesterday.    It was rather slow at first but got going into something interesting.   The lecturer was very knowledgeable and obviously knew his subject backwards but some of the lecture I didn’t find easy to follow.

3 March 2021

Two Women who Scandalised the Art World

Julian Halsby

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED

“What an amazing zoom lecture from Julian-he’s usually excellent and this was no exception!”

“A terrific lecture by the always fantastic Julian.”

“Incredible to be shown so many stunning pictures in one hour…I gather Berlusconi now lives in the Marquesa’s house, so the scandals continue!”

“I enjoyed Julian’s lecture very much…I learnt a great deal.”

“Julian’s talk was AMAZING! Masses of information, photos I cannot imagine where and how he could find…so entertaining, one million congratulations!!!!”

3 February 2021

Paradise Lost and Restored

400 years of Garden Design in Oxfordshire

The History of Garden Design through the lens of the Oxford Botanic Garden

Timothy Walker

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED:

So enjoyed this lecture. Thank you.

I enjoyed it enormously. His sense of humour is to die for.

…one of the finest I have attended: erudite, witty and delivered with great panache and humour.

… a stunning lecture, informative and entertaining.

I very much enjoyed the lecture. It was a fascinating afternoon.

It was really inspirational and covered so much in an hour. Including humour is a real plus. Delightful, and very bright man!

…what a wonderful speaker!

He is an excellent and amusing speaker.

Christmas Celebration

Impressionist Snow Paintings

JULIAN HALSBY

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED

I really enjoyed Julian’s lecture. Thank you so much for letting me join in.

Thank you so much for a most enjoyable talk   I learned so much about tonal painting which will help me to think and appreciate paintings in the future

Thank you Nicole, most enjoyable.

Thank you for opening your lecture to other societies, we really enjoyed it and it uplifted the darkest day of the year.

 I enjoyed it very much.

That was a fascinating, informative and beautiful lecture by Julian. Thank you very much for allowing us ‘outsiders’ to join you ! Very generous.

What an excellent lecture Julian gave yesterday on snow paintings, I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you!

Thank you so much for inviting us at Wimborne TAS to join you for Julian’s lecture, which I thought was excellent and the paintings were beautiful. We are so grateful.

Thoroughly enjoyed the talk with so many paintings I was unfamiliar with .Thank you for letting me join in Sherborne. Happy Christmas! 

Many thanks we really enjoyed Julian’s lecture.

Thank you so much for this. It was both fascinating, and a complete and very welcome distraction!

Enjoyed the lecture very much. Thank you and your arts society. 

Dickens: the man and his life through his characters

BERTIE PEARCE

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED

“I very much enjoyed the talk yesterday and would very much like to watch it again”

“Many thanks. I very much enjoyed the entertaining and informative lecture”

“I enjoyed the lecture yesterday. I used to pass Dickens’ birthplace on the bus on my way to school in Southsea every day….so the lecture brought back happy memories”

“I attended the lecture yesterday and so enjoyed it I would like to watch it again. Am re-reading A Christmas Carol already.”

“Saw the lecture live and enjoyed it enormously.”

“Thank you for your email offering an alternative lecture for the Dickens Talk. We both watched and enjoyed it.”

“I watched the lecture on my computer thank you.It was very good.”

“Saw it yesterday via Zoom….and very interesting it was too…well done to whoever chose this one and thank you very much.”

“I would like to receive a copy of yesterday’s superb lecture.”

“I enjoyed that so much….He was interesting and entertaining”.

“Another excellent lecture.So lovely to have a lecture on Dickens – one of my favourite 19th century authors. Bertie Pearce has a very engaging delivery and is a brilliant lecturer. Many thanks again and to all the committee.”

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4 November 2020

Art: A Detective Story

Decoding Symbols in Paintings

LYDIA BAUMAN

The rich tradition of symbols, emblems and allegories used by artists through the ages to tell us more than just meets the eye

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED

“Thank you so much for that fascinating lecture. I did so enjoy it”
“Very good Zoom Lecture – much enjoyed – thank you”
“That was a brilliant lecture! Really excellent.”

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Adventures among the Nomadic Tribes of Iran and Afghanistan

Searching for the Woven Art of the Nomads

Brian MacDonald

The woven art of the nomads as they moved over the lands they have travelled for generations

SOME COMMENTS RECEIVED
I thought both lectures were very good and I am looking forward to the next one
The lecture itself was excellent and, as it happened, worth waiting for!
 I thoroughly enjoyed it and it makes such a difference to have plenty of slides moving quite quickly, as the lecture on zoom then seems to flow better

Thought it was excellent – what a fascinating adventure!

Thank you,  both John and I enjoyed the lecture very much

Worth waiting for. Really good. 

It was a super lecture which I could listen to , and watch, all over again.  Apart from being very interesting, it was done so well with some of the most delightful, colourful, pictures to illustrate it.  I could definitely listen to such a good speaker again

That lecture yesterday was utterly amazing and fascinating.

It was a brilliant lecture and  well worth waiting for

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Mad Enchantment

Claude Monet and the painting of the Water Lilies

ROSS KING

An examination of the personal and aesthetic motivations behind Monet’s immense canvases and their legacy in twentieth-century art