2021 Programme


Previously postponed lectures will be rescheduled where possible.


At 10:45a.m. members and guests are invited to access the link to enter the meeting “waiting room”. The “doors” will be opened and you will be admitted by the host. The live ZOOM webinar will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

We remind members and guests that the “doors” will close at 11:00 a.m, and no one will be admitted after that time.

All lectures are sponsored by Blevins Franks

THURSDAY, 6th MAY 2021 at 11:00am
ZOOM Webinar Presentation
Underground Cathedrals: The World Class Art & Architecture of the London Underground.
Ian Swankie
The world’s first underground railway has a unique heritage of architecture, ingenious design, powerful advertising posters and unique calligraphy. This talk plots the early development of the Underground, examines the legacy of Frank Pick and Charles Holden, looks at some of the iconic posters, and celebrates the award-winning architecture of the modern Tube.
THURSDAY, 3rd JUNE 2021 at 11:00am
Art Inspired by Wine
John Ericson
In this lively presentation John shares his knowledge and lifelong enthusiasm for wine in general and the huge contribution 'wine art' makes to our colourful world. We will examine some of the myths and rituals that have grown up around wine and perhaps debunk some of them!
Many 'imbibers' seek out attractive accessories, such as corkscrews, decanters and wine glasses, many of which can be regarded as antiques. Some modern decanters may be regarded as pieces of sculpture in their own right.
THURSDAY, 7th OCTOBER 2021 at 11:00am
Backstage at the Opera.
Simon Rees
Opera requires the work of composers, librettists, conductors, directors, designers, wardrobe, as well as orchestra, chorus, soloists, and stage crew. This lecture traces opera productions from costume designs and set models through to the making of costumes and sets, and rehearsals in the studio and auditorium.
THURSDAY, 4th NOVEMBER 2021 at 11:00am
Dickens: The Man & His Life Through His Characters.

Bertie Pearce
Charles Dickens brought into the world a staggering array of wonderful characters with orphans, starving children, misers, murderers and abusive school teachers among them. In his lecture Bertie Pearce looks at the life and places of Dickens through his characters. The talk is interspersed with readings of this works.
THURSDAY, 2nd DECEMBER 2021 at 11:00am
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao & The Architecture of Frank Gehry.
Sian Walters
The Guggenheim is one of the most exciting buildings of the 20th C. The lecture begins with an introduction to the Guggenheim Foundation and then moves on to describe the very particular circumstances that led to the commission in Bilbao. The lecture ends with an introduction to the collection of the artwork contained within the museum.