Florence Nightingale from Letters, Diaries, and Art

Dorothy Wordsworth

Tuesday 19th July 2022 at 10.45am


Lecturer: Karin Fernald

This lecture deals with aspects of Nightingale’s life and thought before, during and after the Crimean War. The war occupied just two years of Florence Nightingale’s long life (1820-1910). Much of the rest of it was employed in passionate writing.  In later life her topics were demanding and tough – sanitation reform; nursing reform: the health of the British army; hospital construction and even the nature of God. But she writes about herself too, vividly and often with biting wit.

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P.D. Ruel – Pioneer Dealer of the Impressionists

Money Painting

Tuesday 20th September 2022 at 10.45am

Lecturer: Natalia Murray

Despite the popularity of Impressionism today, the ground-breaking shifts that occurred in French painting at the end of the nineteenth century were not immediately embraced by collectors, dealers, or the public. A vital figure in the rise of Impressionism was Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922). This talk aims to retrace the critical years from the late 1860s to 1905.

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The Odd Couple – Lutyens and Jekyll

Lutyens - Jekyll

Tuesday 18th October 2022 at 10.45am

Lecturer: Steven Desmond

In the spring of 1889 the young Edwin Lutyens, later to become the most famous British architect of the 20th century, met the artist-gardener-craftswoman Gertrude Jekyll for the first time at an afternoon tea-party in rural Surrey. She was a well-known eccentric, of whom her parents had despaired, and a generation older than the young man who communicated with the world through drawings and elaborate jokes. Separately they were interesting, curious, isolated: together they proved irresistible.
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Lancaster Priory – 2,000 Years of History

Lancaster Priory

Tuesday 15th November 2022 at 10.45am

Lecturer: Christopher Newlands

The mother-church of the City and County of Lancaster, this site of this ancient Priory Church reveals elements of the Roman fort on the site, a Celtic burial site, a Saxon church, a Benedictine Monastery, and a historic parish church. Its history tells the story of this city covering wars, plagues, and the Kings and Queens of England who have held the title 'Duke of Lancaster'.
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