The Shaking Quakers had their origins in 18th century England but are much better known as a successful 19th century North American fundamentalist sect. In this lecture we are told the extraordinary story of the Shakers, exploring their beginnings, what they believed and how they lived their lives, before examining examples of their wonderful buildings and furniture, for it is only with such an understanding of their devout faith and way of life that we can begin to appreciate the beauty of their intriguing legacy.
John is formerly a lecturer at the University of Bath and Director of Studies in the School of Education and has also worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant. This has given him the opportunity to give lectures and presentations to conferences all over the world. As well as the talks he has developed from his professional background, he offers presentations on an eclectic range of topics from antique corkscrews to Norman Rockwell; these derive from his diverse interests and enthusiasms.