2003-12 Lecture Archive


Peter Osborne, The Fun of the Fable

Barbara Peacock, Great Buildings and Gardens of Portugal

Chloe Sayer, The Arts & Crafts of Mexico:  Past & Present

Dr Kevin Leahy, The Staffordshire Hoard

Lois Oliver, Tailoring the Image:  Costume & Accessories in Art

Monica Bohm-Duchen, Marc Chagall:  Wandering Jew or Citizen of the World?

Louise Schofield, Rescuing Zeugma from the Euphrates

Dr Rosamund Bartlett, Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes

Colin Williamson, From Blood &  Sawdust to Lycra

Clare Ford-Wille, The Mirror of Reality: Flemish Art from Van Eyck to Breughel


Jane Angelini, Medieval Gold & Enamel Work

Ghislaine Howard, An Artist’s View of Art

Gail Turner, Velazquez: A Genius at the Court of Philip IV

John Vigar, Britain with Betjeman

Nicholas Merchant, Peter Carl Fabergé, Jeweller to the Courts of Europe

Peter Darty, The Development of Interior Design 1700-Present Day

Lynne Gibson, Culture & Kitsch:  Art & Taste

Launce Gribbin, Palladio: 16th C villas, Palaces & Churches in the Veneto

Elizabeth Merry, Once Upon a Time: Children’s Books through the Ages

Shirley Smith, Pearls & Pomegranates, Peacocks & Pipes: the Hidden Language of Renaissance Art


Rick Norman, The Victorian Country House in North Lancashire

Evelyn Silber, Raising Modern Sculpture from the Dead:  Epstein, Gill & Gaudier-Brzeska

Dr Michael Winstanley, Thomas Allom - Lake District Illustrator

Amanda Herries, East meets West:  The influence of Chinese & Japanese Art on Western Decoration

Matthew Williams, ‘Chopping up the Chiffonier’!

Thirza Vallois, Art Nouveau & Art Deco in Paris

Mike Higginbottom, Next to Godliness – The Architecture & Decoration of Victorian Sanitation

Prof. John Hedley Brooke, Charles Darwin & Design in Nature

Peter Dewar, Right Royal Bastards: the Fruits of Passion

Nirvana Romell, Meet the Master: Sandro Botticelli


Mr John Clegg, Chopin & the Romantic Tradition

Jane Gardiner, Wedgwood

Peter Osborne, William Kent – the first Design Guru

Edward Saunders, Hill Towns of Italy

Dr Sam Riches, Dragonslayer, Martyr & our Lady’s Knight:  the Iconography of St George

John Champness, Thomas Harrison – Architect of Chester & Lancaster

Lizzie Darbyshire, Taking a Likeness – the Art of 18th Century Portraiture

Lois Oliver, Love & Loss:  the story of Orpheus & Eurydice in Art & Music

Dr Claire Walsh, Whimples to Wellingtons

David Evans, Painting in Newlyn 1880-1914


Professor Michael Wheeler, Ruskin – Local, National & International

Matthew Hyde, Updating Pevsner Lancashire & Cumbria

George Niven, A History of Wallpaper

Peter Osborne, Thomas Bewick – Wood Engraver

Dennis Brooke, The History & Culture of Ancient Egypt

James Malpas, Salvador Dali & Surrealism

Dr Laura de Beden, Sculpture in Landscape

Nicholas Merchant, Linley – A Continuing Tradition

Douglas Skeggs, Klimt & The Viennese Secession

Anthea Streeter, Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Hugh Cantlie, The Lindisfarne Gospels

David Hartnup, Art of the First World War

Mrs Marilyn Elm, The Garden – A Reflection of its Time

Peter Osborne, The Development of Celtic Crosses

Dr Colin Lattimore, History of the Long Case Clock

Anna Hallett, On the tiles – decorative tile making

Miss Susan Rumfitt, The Symbolism of Renaissance Jewellery

Mrs Eveline Eaton, The new Berlin Art & Architecture

Mrs Ann Bond, Organ Cases in Architecture

Professor David Shotter, How Roman Emperors used Temples – buildings & image creation


William Waters, A Model of Stained Glass as it ought to be

Professor Jeffrey Richards, Sir Henry Irving & the Great Victorian Composers

Mrs Maggy Howarth,The Art of Pebble Mosaic

Mrs Mary Bartlett, Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Richard Norman, A Village of Vision: Port Sunlight

Mrs Diana Lloyd, Tiffany, first great American Glassmaker

Professor Nigel Whitely, The Rise & Fall of Abstract Art

Susan Stuart, Gillows of Lancaster & London

Mrs Jacqueline Hyman, Preserving Antique Textiles

Peter Osborne, A Palette full of Sun


Philip Banham, 300 Years of English Painting on Glass

Andrew Davies, The History of the British Theatre

J Karcewski-Slowikowski, 18th Century Furniture

Andrew Brunt, 18th Century Meissen & Sevres

Peter Osborne, The Art of Umbria

Prof. William Vaughan,The Music of the Eye – Paul Klee

Dr Neil Faulkner, The Romanisation of Britain

Peter Gibson, The Christmas Story in Glass

Richard Norman, Every Picture tells a Story

Ann Paludin, The Hidden Treasures of China


Brian Cairns, An Introduction to Fine Arts

John Clegg, French Music at the turn of the 20th Century

Maeve Greenwood, Embroidery & the Arts

Dr Henson, English Garden from Elizabeth I to George IV

Peter Osborne, Turner in the Lune Valley

Michael Howard, Poetry Passion & Painting – The Pre-Raphaelites

Roger Mitchell, Holiday Homes of the American Rich

Dr Colin Lattimore, Styles in English Silver

Dr David Bostwick, Deck the Halls: Yuletide Customs

Dr Andrew White, Who Built the Music Room?