LECTURE PROGRAMME 2021/22 Membership year Start of our 2021/2022 Membership year VENUE: The Theatre of the Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham 09.50 – 10.25 Coffee/Tea (complimentary to members) 10.50 Please be seated for Chairman’s welcome and notices 11.00 Lecture begins promptly 12.00 noon Approximate end of lecture Please ensure your mobile phone is switched off We share the concerns of many that the incidence of Covid infection is rising. The Government has not issued new guidelines and advice at this point, but we thought we would re-enforce the messages regarding safety at the Guildhall. MASKS – masks should be worn when moving around the Theatre. We leave it to personal choice whether they are worn when seated. Numbers attending also allow for greater spacing when seated. LATERAL FLOW TESTS – we would ask that members use a Lateral Flow Test on the day of attendance at lectures. Testing kits are available at no charge from most chemists, some surgeries and from the Testing Centre in Wyndham Park here in Grantham. Providing proof of having used the test will not be a requirement. 2022 18th January 2022 Caroline Shenton Packing Up the Nation This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during our Darkest Hour. As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel to threaten these islands, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections to safety. Utilising country houses from Buckinghamshire to Cumbria, tube tunnels, Welsh mines and Wiltshire quarries, a dedicated team of unlikely heroes packed up their greatest treasures in a race against time during the sweltering summer of 1939, dispatching them throughout the country on a series of secret wartime adventures, retold in this talk. 15th February 2022 Barbara Askew Windsor Castle from Medieval Fortress to Royal Palace This lecture traces the development of Windsor Castle from an 11th century fortress into a magnificent palace and illustrates how it has been successively enlarged, adapted and rebuilt by monarchs from Henry II to Queen Elizabeth II. Windsor Castle 1907 15th March 2022 Richard Thomas The Bronzes of Ife and Benin: And an Historical review of the Art of Nigeria Africa is not generally associated with great Art but Nigeria is the home of 3 major artistic traditions: the 2,000 year-old Nok terracottas of the North, the Bronzes of Ife from the 12-C15th and the later Benin Bronzes. Richard lived in Nigeria in the 1960s, near Ife, and became familiar with the Art of Ife and Benin and the role they played in society. The art, the technology (using the lost wax process) and the cultural relevance of the Bronzes will be illustrated and discussed in the Lecture. 19th April 2022 Jo Banham Papers from Peking: A History of Chinese Wallpapers Chinese wallpapers represent the most beautiful and sumptuous of wall decorations ever made. They first appeared in London in the late 17th century as part of the larger trade in Far Eastern lacquer, porcelain and silks, and rapidly came to dominate the market for luxury wallcoverings for the next hundred and fifty years. Unlike European wallpapers, Chinese papers were hand-painted and featured large- scale, non-repeating pictorial scenes of Chinese society and exotic plants and birds. Such was their reputation that before long European manufacturers were producing printed imitations, and the naturalism and detail of their designs suggested new standards of excellence to which wallpaper could aspire. This lecture explores the passion for Chinese and Chinoiserie wallpapers, and the role that they played in interior decoration from the early 18th to the mid 19th centuries and their revival in the mid 20th century and today. 17th May 2022 Helen Doe Merchant Ship Figureheads Why were they created and what and who did they represent? In the 19th century sailing ships with their colourful figureheads were a regular sight but now just a few figureheads survive. Pelican of London figurehead Creative Commons 21st June 2022 AGM followed by Roger Butler Hidden World of Canal Heritage (including the Grantham & Nottingham Canals) This lecture examines the unique buildings and structures associated with the UK’s canal network, with a vast array of distinctive designs, landmark features and unusual artefacts: only the National Trust and the Church of England have more listed structures than our canals. Look out for lock flights and lighthouses; cottages and clock towers; warehouses and lots of whimsical architecture - our canals delight the eye and refresh the spirit. GUESTS Please notify the Membership Secretary at least 7 days before the Lecture. A visitor may attend no more than 2 lectures as a guest each season. A fee of £5 per lecture is payable on the day. 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Start of our 2021/2022 Membership year VENUE: The Theatre of the Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham 09.50 – 10.25 Coffee/Tea (complimentary to members) 10.50 Please be seated for Chairman’s welcome and notices 11.00 Lecture begins promptly 12.00 noon Approximate end of lecture GUESTS Please notify the Membership Secretary at least 7 days before the Lecture. A visitor may attend no more than 2 lectures as a guest each season. A fee of £5 per lecture is payable on the day. Please remember to turn off you mobile phone. We share the concerns of many that the incidence of Covid infection is rising. The Government has not issued new guidelines and advice at this point, but we thought we would re-enforce the messages regarding safety at the Guildhall. MASKS – masks should be worn when moving around the Theatre. We leave it to personal choice whether they are worn when seated. Numbers attending also allow for greater spacing when seated. LATERAL FLOW TESTS – we would ask that members use a Lateral Flow Test on the day of attendance at lectures. Testing kits are available at no charge from most chemists, some surgeries and from the Testing Centre in Wyndham Park here in Grantham. Providing proof of having used the test will not be a requirement. 18th January 2022 Caroline Shenton Packing Up the Nation This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during our Darkest Hour. As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel to threaten these islands, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections to safety. Utilising country houses from Buckinghamshire to Cumbria, tube tunnels, Welsh mines and Wiltshire quarries, a dedicated team of unlikely heroes packed up their greatest treasures in a race against time during the sweltering summer of 1939, dispatching them throughout the country on a series of secret wartime adventures, retold in this talk. 15th February 2022 Barbara Askew Windsor Castle from Medieval Fortress to Royal Palace This lecture traces the development of Windsor Castle from an 11th century fortress into a magnificent palace and illustrates how it has been successively enlarged, adapted and rebuilt by monarchs from Henry II to Queen Elizabeth II. Windsor Castle 1907 15th March 2022 Richard Thomas The Bronzes of Ife and Benin: And an Historical review of the Art of Nigeria Africa is not generally associated with great Art but Nigeria is the home of 3 major artistic traditions: the 2,000 year-old Nok terracottas of the North, the Bronzes of Ife from the 12-C15th and the later Benin Bronzes. Richard lived in Nigeria in the 1960s, near Ife, and became familiar with the Art of Ife and Benin and the role they played in society. The art, the technology (using the lost wax process) and the cultural relevance of the Bronzes will be illustrated and discussed in the Lecture. 19th April 2022 Jo Banham Papers from Peking: A History of Chinese Wallpapers Chinese wallpapers represent the most beautiful and sumptuous of wall decorations ever made. They first appeared in London in the late 17th century as part of the larger trade in Far Eastern lacquer, porcelain and silks, and rapidly came to dominate the market for luxury wallcoverings for the next hundred and fifty years. Unlike European wallpapers, Chinese papers were hand-painted and featured large-scale, non-repeating pictorial scenes of Chinese society and exotic plants and birds. Such was their reputation that before long European manufacturers were producing printed imitations, and the naturalism and detail of their designs suggested new standards of excellence to which wallpaper could aspire. This lecture explores the passion for Chinese and Chinoiserie wallpapers, and the role that they played in interior decoration from the early 18th to the mid 19th centuries and their revival in the mid 20th century and today. 17th May 2022 Helen Doe Merchant Ship Figureheads Why were they created and what and who did they represent? In the 19th century sailing ships with their colourful figureheads were a regular sight but now just a few figureheads survive. Pelican of London figurehead Creative Commons 21st June 2022 AGM followed by Roger Butler Hidden World of Canal Heritage (including the Grantham & Nottingham Canals) This lecture examines the unique buildings and structures associated with the UK’s canal network, with a vast array of distinctive designs, landmark features and unusual artefacts: only the National Trust and the Church of England have more listed structures than our canals. Look out for lock flights and lighthouses; cottages and clock towers; warehouses and lots of whimsical architecture - our canals delight the eye and refresh the spirit.
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