Past Lectures

Velázquez – ‘The Great Magician of Art’

Thu 7th Nov 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Girls Behaving Badly: Jane Austen’s Wicked Women

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Women behind the Lens

Thu 6th Jun 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Role of the Arts in the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Re-offending

Thu 9th May 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Updated on: 12/05/2019

Art UK: Uncovering the Nation’s Hidden Oil Paintings

Thu 4th Apr 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – the black brow’d cantor

Thu 7th Mar 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

From Bronzes to Banksy

Thu 7th Feb 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Inspired by Stonehenge

Thu 3rd Jan 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Post War British Theatre: a second Golden Age?

Thu 6th Dec 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Next Monthly Lecture

The Origins of our English Christmas

Thu 5th Dec 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The origins of our English Christmas lie in distant European history, combining the pagan traditions of the Roman and Scandinavian winter festivals.  In the 4thC AD the Christian Church began to celebrate the birth of Christ, and pagan and religious traditions blended, changing with the social and political landscape. This lecture explores the resultant rich tapestry of music, art and folk customs which interweave to create the festival that most touches everyone in our society.  


Roger Askew  MA BMus
Roger was a chorister at Wells Cathedral School and a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with an honours degree in English.  He combined a teaching career with professional singing in London, and after obtaining a further degree in Music became Director of Music at Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College in Edinburgh. After retiring in 2003 he returned to the south of England.  He is President Emeritus of The Stoke Poges Society and Chairman of Windsor and Maidenhead Decorative and Fine Arts Society.


Venue: Stalbridge Hall

Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom

Oganiser: The Arts Society Blackmore Vale


Upcoming Lectures

Rebuilding Ypres

Lecturer: Christopher Chanter
Thu 9th Jan 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm