2016-17 Season

2.15pm Borwick & Priest Hutton Memorial Hall. 

Tea/coffee available before and after lectures.

Guests by prior appointment with the Membership Secretary - £5 guest charge per meeting. 

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Faking It - a Desire to Deceive. 

The allure of imitation Jewels and Gems, from 1500

Susan Rumfitt BA

In today’s society we are used to wearing costume jewellery and buying stones that have been  enhanced  in some way to meet consumer demand.  But  when and  how  did  this  begin and  when,  if  at  all,  did  it  become  an  acceptable practice?  Susan Rumfitt,  one of the jewellery specialists on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow tells the  intriguing  story of the  role of  fake gems and jewels in the jewellery industry over the last five hundred years.

Tuesday 15 March 2016

The Impressionists & the Painting of Modern Life

Lois Oliver MA

In an influential essay The Painter of Modern Life (1863), the poet and art critic Charles  Baudelaire  described his ideal artist going out into the city to seek out new subjects for art:  a  “flâneur”,  or  “passionate spectator”,  rejoicing  in  the experience of the crowd.  Taking  Baudelaire’s  essay  as  a  starting  point, this lecture explores celebrated paintings of Parisian life by artists including Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Mary Cassatt. 



Tuesday 19 April 2016

English Furniture in the 18th Century - the Golden Age

Deborah Lambert BA

In  the 18th Century English craftsmen and designers  for the first time began to have a significant affect on furniture making throughout Europe .  From the beginning  of the century there was a new emphasis on the decorative quality of timber,  and  designers  created  forms  that  are  instantly recognizable as ‘English’.   These  new  designs  were  circulated  through  the  publication  of ‘catalogues’ by some of the great names of the century, such as  Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton. This lecture will explore  the development of style, design  and  materials  to  try and throw light on what is it that makes English furniture of this golden age so highly distinctive and recognizable. 

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Threads of Feeling

The London Foundlings Hospital's 18th Century Textile Tokens

John Styles MA

In the 18th Century London’s  Foundling  Hospital accepted babies for adoption on an  anonymous basis. However, a  mother would leave a piece of fabric with the baby and this would be pinned to its admission card and in some few cases the child would be reclaimed by the mother- the piece of fabric proving identity. The fabrics witness a rich social history albeit often a poignant one; the stories they  tell  us  about  individual  babies,  their  mothers  and  their  lives are the subject of this lecture.


Tuesday 21 June 2016 - LDFAS AGM 1.45 pm

Sir Edwin Lutyens

Anthea Streeter M Ed

Lutyens  ( 1869 - 1944 )  is  often  described  as  England’s  greatest  architect since Christopher Wren.  He was influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement and later by what he called the ‘High Game’ of classicism.   The lecture will consider his prolific career of over half a  century  demonstrating  the  sheer variety and extent of his work: his country houses, the Cenotaph and his other work for the War Graves Commission, commercial buildings built during the inter-war years, and perhaps his greatest achievement of all - the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi.

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Roman Britain Unearthed: what the Romans really did for Art

Gillian Hovell BA

Our art (even in our modern homes) owes so much to the Romans. When the Romans invaded in  AD 43 they came to stay and they brought with them not just their soldiers  and  their  language,  but their culture,  way of life and art. Archaeology  can  tell us about the lives of ancient Britons as they adapted to Roman rule.  As town life became the way ahead, art and skills flourished and became embedded in our society.  This  lecture  will  explore  and bring to life continuing impact of Rome’s invasion of Britain.

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Dürer - The Italian & Northern Renaissance

Leslie Primo MA

This lecture charts the rise of the  precocious  youth  that  was  Albrecht  Dürer, born in Nuremberg in the Holy Roman Empire on 21st May 1471.  It will explore his early life and works,  and also the  long  lasting  influence that Dürer had on the    Italian   Renaissance ,   not  to  mention  the  influence  that  the   Italian Renaissance had on Dürer. The years following the early Renaissance in Europe opened up a world of cultural,  artistic  and  intellectual  exchange for the gifted and the curious.  The map of  Europe at that time was  determined by the reach of the Holy Roman Empire.  Trade  between  all  parts  of  the  Empire  was  the norm,  allowing  for  the  spread  of  goods  and  ideas  to  flourish, and  it  was into this world that Albrecht Dürer was born. 


Tuesday 15 November 2016

Silver & Social Customs

Ian Pickford

In order to fully appreciate any piece of silver it is essential to look at them in the context of the social customs and ways of life of the periods in which they were made. Only  then  can  the  reason  for  such  things  as  silver chamber pots, elaborate  dressing-table  sets,  and  lids  on  cups be  fully  understood. Why  for  example  were   such  extraordinary  objects  such  as  Clock  Salts produced  in  the Tudor  period,  and  what  was  mustard  served  in  before 1760 ?   All  will  be revealed  during  this  lecture  which  will  use images of contemporary  painting  and  objects  to   illustrate  the  evolution  of   social custom  from  1066  through  to the early 19th century.



Tuesday 20 December 2016

Alphonse Mucha & the Creative Process

Charles Harris BSc

Czech  artist  Alphonse  Mucha  quite  literally  wrote  the book on Art Nouveau. Documents  Décoratifs  became  the  definitive  text on the subject.  Everything that is best about the style - elaborate ornamentation with themes from nature, fine  draftsmanship,  idealised  feminine  subjects,  symbolism  and  allegory all flourished through him at the highest level. The Master of the Decorative Panel and one of the four great masters of the Poster in the Belle Epoque, he learned much from Sarah Bernhardt and created jewellery, stained glass windows and the Great Slav Epic.



Tuesday 17 January 2017

Vincent Van Gogh: A Personal Journey Through the Places He Painted

Peter Webb

Details to follow