Discovering MacDonald Gill: Artist and Mapmaker

Covent Garden Piazza

Tuesday 18th June 2024 at 10.45am

Lecturer: Caroline Walker

MacDonald Gill, brother of the sculptor Eric Gill, was an architect, illustrator, graphic designer and letterer, best known for his eye-catching pictorial map posters for London Underground and the Empire Marketing Board. He created beautiful painted map panels for buildings, magnificent murals for churches and Cunard liners as well as the alphabet and regimental badges for the Imperial War Graves Commission.

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Arts and Crafts of Mexico, Past and Present


Tuesday 16th July 2024 at 10.45am BUT meeting starts at 10.30am (AGM)


Lecturer: Chloe Sayer

Arts and crafts remain an essential part of Mexican life. After the Spanish conquest of 1521, the techniques and art styles of Europe merged with those of the New World. Drawing on skills inherited from Aztec, Maya and Spanish predecessors, makers bring a modern vision to ancient traditions. Exquisite textiles, silver jewellery, wooden dance-masks, imaginative toys and fine pottery are still used in many regions
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Grace Darling and the Fine Art of Saving Lives at Sea

Gertrude Bell

Tuesday 17th September 2024 at 10.45am

Lecturer: James Taylor

Darling’s daring rescue of steamship passengers off the Northumberland coast in 1838 brought her international fame. Discover more about her bravery and short life and the artistic contribution that has helped to keep her in the public eye. Grace became the ‘poster girl’ of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and was the first woman awarded their medal for gallantry.

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Murder, Mystery, and Paint – the Story of Walter Sickert

London Underground Design

Tuesday 15th October 2024 at 10.45am

Lecturer: Michael Howard

The well-known crime writer Patricia Cornwell has claimed that the celebrated artist Walter Sickert was responsible for the murders attributed to the infamous Jack the Ripper. This lecture will attempt to untangle the truth of this claim following a trail of murder, mystery, mayhem and paint. Was this much-loved, colourful and enigmatic painter Jack the Ripper – or not?

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Burton Constable, the House and its People

History of Wine

Tuesday 19th November 2024 at 10.45am

Lecturer: Jenny Scruton

Burton Constable Hall is a large Elizabethan country house set in a park designed by Capability Brown. With its 18th & 19th century interiors and a remarkable C18th ‘cabinet of curiosities’, the rooms at Burton Constable are filled with spectacular collections that survive from when the Hall was the Constable family home.

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