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Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom

Thu 5th Oct 2017

Up the Nile with Amelia: a Victorian voyage

Thu 5th Oct 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Amelia Edwards, writer, artist, musician and collector, in 1873, travelled the length of Egypt recording impressions of all she saw. Using extracts from her book and watercolour illustrations by her contemporaries, we will follow her remarkable journey.

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Thu 2nd Nov 2017

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Sienese Master Painter

Thu 2nd Nov 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Through his astonishing virtuoso technique and original blending of the latest Byzantine and French Gothic artistic styles, Duccio di Buoninsegna introduced a new sensibility into Sienese panel painting between 1278 and 1319.   The Lecturer: Dr. Janet Robson BA MA PhD

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Thu 7th Dec 2017

BETTY JOEL: GLAMOUR AND INNOVATION IN 1930S DESIGN

Thu 7th Dec 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom

Betty Joel, born Mary Stewart Lockhart, ran a furniture making and design business. At its peak, in the 1920s and 30s, Betty Joel Ltd employed 50 craftsmen and had showrooms in Knightsbridge. With no formal training, she created, through a flair for branding and marketing, the leading furnishing company of the day in London. The talk explores her early life and marriage to David Joel, exhibitions, and projects. Her clients included royalty, high society, politicians, banks, hotels (such as the…

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Thu 4th Jan 2018

Palladio: his work and influence on European Architecture

Thu 4th Jan 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom

The Italian architect, Andrea Palladio, was born in Padua in 1508. His work was based on the symmetry, perspective and values of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Palladianism became popular during the mid 17th century but its flowering was cut short by the onset of the Civil War and the austerity which followed. The Lecturer: Tom Duncan Tom Duncan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied History of Art and Classical Archaeology.…

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Thu 1st Feb 2018

FOREIGNERS IN LONDON 1520-1677: ARTISTS THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF BRITISH ART

Thu 1st Feb 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom

A lecture which explores how refugees and travellers from across Europe and Asia brought new skills and talents which both affected and changed the development of art in Britain. Why were foreigner 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 practise? The lecture will look at the various formats and uses…

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Thu 1st Mar 2018

Art Exhibition and Competition

Thu 1st Mar 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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  Many of you will be aware that we hold an exhibition of members' art. Our most recent and highly successful exhibition in 2016 saw the winners being entered into the Wessex Area ArtFest. NEW Invitation to Submit works of Art Our next Member's Exhibition is to take place on March 1st 2018 and all members of the The Arts Society Blackmore Vale are invited to submit work. There are two categories: Fine Art Decorative Art and Craft The winner…

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Don’t forget to book your coach trip to A La Ronde

Tue 27th Mar 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Thu 5th Apr 2018

A Photographic Odyssey: Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition 1914-1916

Thu 5th Apr 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Frank Hurley’s photographs are a visual narrative, captured with great artistry, of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914-16 expedition to Antarctica and the epic story of survival which followed the loss of the Endurance. On Ernest Shackleton’s third Antarctic expedition in 1914, his ship, the Endurance, was trapped and eventually crushed in the pack ice. After camping for five months on the ice, Shackleton’s men rowed to the remote Elephant Island. From there, Shackleton sailed for help to South Georgia over 800 miles…

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Thu 3rd May 2018

Legend and Lustre: Jim Thompson and Thai Silk

Thu 3rd May 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Jim Thompson arrived in Bangkok as a US army officer in 1945, fell in love with it and stayed. Captivated by the beauty of Thai silk, an ancient craft in decline, he resuscitated it and made it famous, creating costumes for films and embellishing his house, which today is a museum. An aesthete and art  collector, he created an exquisite home from six handcarved teakwood houses brought from the countryside and filled it with Asian art. Here he became a…

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A Message from our Chairman

Thu 31st May 2018
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Thu 7th Jun 2018

The Royal Academy 1768-2018

Thu 7th Jun 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Britain’s oldest fine arts institution will be celebrating its 250th Anniversary in 2018. The Royal Academy has an illustrious history that spans from the mid 18th century through to the 21st century.  We contemplate its past and review its various homes before settling on its current Mayfair location in Burlington House. This fully illustrated talk explores a selection of its ground–breaking temporary loan exhibitions and considers its role and impact on the art scene, both on British soil and overseas.  The talk…

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Thu 5th Jul 2018

‘Sweet Swan of Avon’: William Shakespeare and his Turbulent World

Thu 5th Jul 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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In his tribute to Shakespeare on the publication of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays in 1623, Ben Jonson addresses him as ‘Sweet Swan of Avon’ , ‘Thou Star of Poets’ and ‘Not of an Age, but for all Time’. 400 years after Shakespeare’s death his words still have the power to thrill, to move, to uplift the soul. In fact, it’s said that a Shakespeare play is being performed somewhere in the world every minute of every day. In…

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Thu 4th Oct 2018

19th Century British Marine Painting

Thu 4th Oct 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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This lecture traces British marine painting back to the Van de Veldes, father and son, who were invited to England in 1672 and shows how they influenced British marine painters. After a brief look at the 18th century marine painters that followed, 19th century marine painters are divided into four categories: painters of naval battles, ships’ portrait painters, pure sea painters and landscape artists who turned to the sea for inspiration.  Lecturer:  Mrs Felicity Herring BA MA Felicity Herring has a…

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Thu 1st Nov 2018

The Music and Life of Johann Sebastian Bach

Thu 1st Nov 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Johann Sebastian Bach, composer of the Baroque era and the most celebrated member of a large family of north German musicians. Bach is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Appearing at a propitious moment in the history of music he was able to survey and bring together the principal styles, forms and national traditions which had developed during preceding generations and, by virtue of his synthesis, enrich them all. Lecturer:  Mr Peter Medhurst GRSM ARCM…

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Thu 6th Dec 2018

Post War British Theatre: a second Golden Age?

Thu 6th Dec 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Harold Pinter Terence Rattigan John Osborne This lecture examines how the theatre responded to the upheavals of the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Cold War, the Space Race and the Information Revolution.  It considers how, throughout this age of extremes, the show still went on and continues to reflect our story right up to the present. Lecturer: Mr Giles Ramsay BA MA PGCE Giles Ramsay is Course Leader in Theatre at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, an accredited Arts Society (formerly…

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Thu 3rd Jan 2019

Inspired by Stonehenge

Thu 3rd Jan 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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We explore how the iconic structure of Stonehenge has inspired painters, potters and poets resulting in a diverse catalogue of images and impressions which now grace tea towels in Wiltshire, phone cards in Japan and stamps from Bhutan.   Lecturer: Mr Julian Richards BA FSA Julian is an archaeologist who ran the Stonehenge Environs Project, a detailed study of Stonehenge and its surrounding landscape. This gave him his first experience of the media, where he contributed parts to programmes about Stonehenge. He…

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Thu 7th Feb 2019

From Bronzes to Banksy

Thu 7th Feb 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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London has a world-class reputation for art in its many galleries.  This, however, is a lecture about the remarkable range of art outside in the streets, ranging from huge and expensive commissions to unofficial graffiti, sometimes audacious and often playful. We look at why art is there, how it has developed over the years and discover many hidden gems.  Lecturer:Mr. Ian Swankie A Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall…

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Thu 7th Mar 2019

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – the black brow’d cantor

Thu 7th Mar 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Fanny Mendelssohn, who later came to be known as Fanny Hensel, was a German pianist and composer. She was the sister of the composer Felix Mendelssohn and is considered to have been as equally gifted as her genius brother.  Even though there is a constant comparison of her music with that of Felix, she had an altogether different expression, which was more passionate in nature. It is only now that her music is coming to light and being published. Lecturer: Miss…

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Thu 4th Apr 2019

Art UK: Uncovering the Nation’s Hidden Oil Paintings

Thu 4th Apr 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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The Picture Gallery Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum   In 2003 a project was set up to catalogue the UK’s national collection of oil paintings. It involved visiting over 3,000 collection locations across the UK and photographing 212,000 paintings. The lecture offers an insider’s view of this ambitious and unique project. Mrs Mary Rose Rivett –Carnac BA MA Mary Rose gained an MA in Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Several of her arts-related essays…

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Thu 9th May 2019

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

Thu 9th May 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Years of working as an artist within the Criminal Justice System in England and Germany have given Angela unique insights into the destructive and costly cycle of crime, prisons and re-offending. In this thought-provoking talk she offers a deeper understanding of the minds, lives and challenges of offenders. Lecturer: Ms Angela Findlay BA (Hons) Dip. Artistic Therapy Angela Findlay is a professional artist, writer and freelance lecturer with a long standing interest in the role the arts and the creative…

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Thu 6th Jun 2019

Women behind the Lens

Thu 6th Jun 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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The work of women photographers has often been unfairly neglected.  This lecture seeks to correct that by examining the contribution of three outstanding British practitioners: Julia Margaret Cameron, a Victorian pioneer, Jane Brown a brilliant portraitist and Faye Godwin, who excelled in landscape photography. We will also explore the work of two highly- influential Americans, Dorothy Lange who produced brilliant documentary images and Annie Leibovitz who continues to both surprise and delight her audience. Lecturer: Mr Brian Stater BA MSc…

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Thu 4th Jul 2019

Gilded Glories – the fascinating history of gilded decoration

Thu 4th Jul 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Gilding continues to be the ultimate faux embellishment and decoration.  This lecture explores the fascination for gilt and shows how gilding has been used throughout history to enhance various woodwork, sculptures, metals and paintwork. Lecturer:  Jo Mabbutt Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and Freeman of the City of London. Originally a trained singer, pianist and orchestra administrator, Jo is now a decorative artist who gilds antique lace and crochet, often combining with hand printing and painting.  She works to…

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Thu 3rd Oct 2019

Girls Behaving Badly: Jane Austen’s Wicked Women

Thu 3rd Oct 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Some Austen scholars consider that Jane Austen is much more subversive than is generally supposed.   In this lecture, Annalie Talent considers how far Austen rebels against expected codes of behaviour for women in her lifetime, with reference to her life and work. The Lecturer: Annalie Talent BA Annalie Talent has worked at several museums and writers’ houses, including Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton (where she currently works as Learning Officer), Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere, and the Ashmolean…

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Thu 7th Nov 2019

Velázquez – ‘The Great Magician of Art’

Thu 7th Nov 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Velázquez(1599-1660) was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV of spain, noted for his portraits, of the spanish royal family and others, culminating in the production of his masterpiece Las Meninas in 1656.  This Lecture considers the way in which the artist raises questions about reality and illusion, via complex and enigmatic composition.                   The Lecturer: Douglas Skeggs Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is…

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Thu 5th Dec 2019

The Origins of our English Christmas

Thu 5th Dec 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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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…

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Thu 9th Jan 2020

Rebuilding Ypres

Thu 9th Jan 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Ypres is an ancient town, known to have been raided by the Romans in 1stC BC.  During WW1, the town was all but obliterated by artillery fire and, in 1920, awarded the Military Cross by King George V.  After the war the town was extensively rebuilt with the main square, including the Cloth Hall and town hall, being rebuilt as close to the original designs as possible.  This lecture tells the story of that rebuilding. Chanter Christopher Architectural Historian Has…

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Thu 6th Feb 2020

FABER & FABER: 90 years of excellence in cover design

Thu 6th Feb 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Founded in 1929, Faber and Faber has built a reputation as one of London's most important literary publishing houses, partly due to the firm's insistence on good design and illustration.  This lecture traces its history through its illustrations, covers and designs, employing celebrated artists.  Toby Faber is the grandson of the firm's founder, so the talk will also be peppered with personal insight and anecdote. Has written two works of narrative history, Stradivarius and Fabergé's Eggs, published by Macmillan in…

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Thu 5th Mar 2020

Pierre Bonnard: The Old Master of Modern Art?

Thu 5th Mar 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
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  From his radical youth in the vibrant world of avant-garde 1890s Paris, to his death in rural Southern France in 1947, Pierre Bonnard moved from modern and urban subjects to the limited and domestic. Despite the glorious, atmospheric colour and shimmering decorative effect of his paintings, Bonnard was often dismissed by the avant-garde during his lifetime and by art historians after his death. More recent scholarship has revised this assessment, and this talk takes a close look at the…

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Thu 1st Apr 2021

The World in a Grain of Sand: William Blake

Thu 1st Apr 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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William Blake by Thomas Phillips This is a Zoom Lecture The Tygers of Wrath are wiser than the Horses of Instruction William Blake: Poet, Painter and Philosopher; Rebel, Radical, and Revolutionary. Called a man without a mask by his friends, Blake was always less ahead of his time than outside it, creating his own mythology to tell the truths he perceived as the heart of all existence. Yet he was also a passionate participant in the world of his own…

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Thu 6th May 2021

The Scottish Colourists

Thu 6th May 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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This is a Zoom Lecture  The work of S.J. Peploe and J.D. Fergusson was seen in Edinburgh and London in the decade leading up to World War 1, but Hunter and Cadell were less well known. All were bold pioneers in the field of rich colour and exuberant brushwork. The strong light and bright colour they discovered in France was easily harnessed to their favourite places in Scotland. Lecturer: Alice Foster MA Alice has lectured for Oxford University Department of…

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Thu 3rd Jun 2021

The Cultral Heritage of the Huguenots

Thu 3rd Jun 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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This is a Zoom Lecture The Huguenots came to England in huge numbers in the late 17th century bringing a wide variety of skills - as silk weavers, silversmiths, clock makers, opticians, bankers, gilders, ironworkers, horticulturists etc. Names such as Paul de Lamerie, Samuel Courtauld and Jean Tijou spring to mind. In virtually all areas, they were innovators and more advanced than the English who were forced to improve their own skills or go out of business. Although the majority…

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Thu 1st Jul 2021

A Design Evolution: Jewellery and Metalwork 1850-1940

Thu 1st Jul 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road
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This is a Zoom Lecture An overview of the work of this dynamic period of design, featuring key historicist, neo-Gothic, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modern jewelry and metalwork, beautifully-illustrated with works from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection. Lecturer: Helen Ritchie MA(Cantab) Curator, Modern Applied Arts, The Fitzwilliam Museum. Helen Ritchie is responsible for researching, interpreting and curating the modern Applied Arts collections. She was the sole curator of the exhibition Designers and Jewellery 1850-1940: Jewellery and Metalwork from The…

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Thu 7th Oct 2021

The Age of Jazz

Thu 7th Oct 2021 @ 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF United Kingdom
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Image by jokoPix from Pixabay One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. Drawing on his practical experience both as musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy’s talk touches on the disparate influences behind the emergence of jazz, and his musical illustrations range from the blues, ragtime…

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