2015-16 Season

2.15pm Borwick & Priest Hutton Memorial Hall. 

Tea/coffee available before and after lectures. 

Tuesday 17 February 2015

The Whole Art of the Book

Dominic Riley

The art of bookbinding, one of the most complex of all hand crafts, is as beguiling and enchanting today as it was when it was invented on the banks of the Nile 2,000 years ago   Dominic Riley, a bookbinder, artist and teacher and winner of the first prize in the 2013 Paul Getty International Bookbinding Competition tells the fascinating story of everything that makes a traditional hand bound book - why  the best paper was made from the old clothes of peasants; why  gold leaf so thin that it cannot be touched with the hands and why gold finishers got paid more than other book binders.

Tuesday 17 March 2015

The Wallace Collection's Rembrandts

Stephen Duffy

When the Wallace Collection was bequeathed to the nation in 1897 it was believed that it contained twelve paintings by Rembrandt.  In the following decades most of these paintings were re-attributed to other artists and eventually it was thought that there was only one genuine work by Rembrandt - the wonderful portrait of the artist’s son Titus. Since then further work on four of the other paintings has suggested that they are also by the artist. Stephen Duffy, a Curator at the Wallace will tell the fascinating story of how connoisseurship changes and the impact this had on how we look at works of art.



Tuesday 21 April 2015

The Green Man in Art

David Bostwick

In the 20th Century, medieval images of the human face surrounded by and disgorging leaves became popularly known as ‘The Green Man’.  Believed by many to represent pre-Christian nature gods, and found painted in manuscripts, stained glass and carved in wood and stone in churches and houses across Europe.  After nearly twenty years’ research into medieval imagery it is now possible to reveal the revolutionary truth about the Green Man - that it is an entirely Christian image, which accounts for its huge popularity in the Art of the Middle Ages.

Tuesday 19 May 2015

The Country House in the 20th Century

Roger Mitchell

A look at houses built in the 20th Century like Manderston, Blackwell, Castle Drogo, Rodmarten and Eltham Palace as well as the fascinating story of how the Country House coped with the challenges of the 20th Century - agricultural depression, high taxation, two World Wars, the National Trust and much else. After the dark days of the 1950’s we will look to the more optimistic outlook at the start of a new millennium. Over the last forty years old houses have been restored and new houses like Meols Hall and Henbury Hall have been built.


Tuesday 16 June 2015 - LDFAS AGM 1.45 pm

The Fascinating World of Playing Cards

Yasha Beresiner

Surprisingly today’s playing cards date back to 1377.Decks from 1475 still survive. The English deck is of French origin and the Company of Makers of Playing Cards was founded in 1628 to protect the English makers from French importations.  Cards were used as a medium of communications, propaganda or education: the 1678 Titus Oates plot is illustrated on a 52 card deck published at the time and known as the Horrid Popish Plot. Francis Barlow illustrated the cards depicting Marlborough’s victories in 1707.  Modern cards follow in these old traditions with some wonderful collectors’ decks of today.

Tuesday 15 September 2015

The Early Flowering of the Renaissance

Fenella Billington

The ‘‘Renaissance”  is a well known label for the art and architecture developed in Italy from the 13th to the 16th century. But why was such a “rebirth” needed? What had died or been lost ?  Fenella Billington outlines the legacies left by the Ancient Greeks and Romans and  events between the fall of the Roman Empire and the 13th century.  In Italy and particularly in Florence, the Italians believed it was up to them to recreate their glorious past. The ‘golden age’ that followed is examined showing the innovative works created by the great artists of the times - Giotto, Pisano, Brunelleschi. Ghiberti, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli and Leonardo de Vinci.

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Designing Women

Paul Atterbury

Paul Atterbury of ‘Antiques Roadshow’ fame will explain how women have always been important in the ceramics industry, often carrying out skilled but repetitive work - for which they were traditionally badly paid. At the end of the 19th century the first independent women decorators and designers appeared, able to use their own names. By the 1920’s major women designers such as Clarice Cliff and Suzie Cooper were dominating the tableware industry.  This trend continued during the 1950’s and 60’s, and today the biggest employers in Stoke are women like Emma Bridgewater.


Tuesday 17 November 2015

The Mediterranean - Cradle of Western Art and Culture

Hugh Ellwood

Hugh Ellwood makes a return visit to Lunesdale  to describe how many different civilisations have flourished around the shores of the Mediterranean, interacting and influencing each other. As each flourished and declined, the banner of culture was developed and passed from one to the other to form our own inheritance.



Tuesday 15 December 2015

The Art of Cuisine and the Cuisine of Art

Ghislaine Howard

This lecture will be a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds and an inspiration for your cooking and looking.. It will feature the art, anecdotes and recipes of artists who loved their food. Hear about Toulouse Lautrec, famous in his day for his truly fabulous meals and infamous cook book; Renoir, who introduced Paris to the pleasures of Provencal peasant cooking as well as Monet, Cezanne, Picasso and many others.  Bring a pen to record the recipes !



Tuesday 19 January 2016

Wrestlers, Crucks and Mullions - Traditional Lake District Architecture

Andrew Lowe

Andrew Lowe, the former Building Conservation Officer for the Lake District National Park Authority, will talk about traditional Lake District architecture.  He will describe the many features of vernacular architecture still to be seen in buildings throughout Cumbria.