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May 2019

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May
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Rediscovery of Tudor Wall-Paintings at Bramall Hall, Cheshire

Dr David Bostwick is a lecturer and consultant in the Cultural History of the Medieval, Tudor and Stuart periods. A specialist in medieval imagery and interior furnishings and decoration 1400-1700 and a tour leader. He is the former Keeper of the Social History Collections, Sheffield City Museums. He also acts as a consultant on historic buildings and their interpretation to the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Scotland. Bramall Hall is one of Cheshire’s grandest black and white timber-framed buildings.…

June 2019

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June
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Warwick Castle ‘A Forgotten Collection’

Warwick Castle remains one of Britain’s best preserved and most popular medieval castles. The imposing stone walls and towers were raised by the powerful Earls of Warwick, who took a leading role in the most important events of Medieval England. From 1604, the castle was transformed from a fortification and into a luxurious stately home. The treasures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Earls filled the castle with arguably one of Britain’s most undiscovered collections of Old Master Painting, Furniture,…

September 2019

11
September
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Mad Men and Artists: How the Advertising Industry Exploited Fine Art

Fine art has provided advertisers and their agencies with a great deal of material to use in their creative campaigns. I describe some of the processes by which these advertisements have been created and why the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo have been a particularly rich source. From the Renaissance, through to the present day, fine art continues to provide opportunities to enhance Brand imagery with admiration, humour, satire and irony. In what I hope is an…

October 2019

09
October
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Nicola Moorby

Nicola Moorby is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She studied at the University of York and Birkbeck College, London. Formerly a curator at Tate Britain she has curated a number of exhibitions and has published widely on J.M.W. Turner, including contributions to the forthcoming online catalogue of the Turner Bequest. She is also co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner (Tate Publishing, 2010). In addition, she has published on Walter…

November 2019

13
November
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Sex and the City: Hogarth and 18th Century London

Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on to become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She now has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She…

December 2019

11
December
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Champagne: The Drink Divine

Charles Hajdamach is a former Director of Broadfield House Glass Museum (1974-2003) and one of the top authorities on glass in the country. Author of British Glass 1800-1914 (1991), 20th Century British Glass (2009) and contributor to numerous books and magazines. He lectures internationally to glass museums and collector’s societies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, and a member of the Arts Advisory Board at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. He is also president of the Glass Association which he…

January 2020

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January
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Thomas Moran 1837-1926 the Turner of the American West(s)

Studied History at Oxford and Fine Art at Leeds. Awarded Churchill Fellowship to travel and study in USA. Former College Vice-Principal who now lectures for University of Liverpool and for Adult Residential Colleges. Organises and leads country house study tours, and tries to find time to do research on British and American Country Houses. Thomas Moran was the greatest American landscape painter of his time. He deserves to be as well known and as highly regarded here in England, where…

February 2020

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February
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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Irving Finkle – The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Irving Finkel is a British philologist and Assyriologist. He is currently the Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum, where he specialises in cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia. Irving is the author of several academic articles and books on ancient Babylon. He also studies the history of board games, and is on the Editorial Board of Board Game Studies. Among his breakthrough works is the determination of the rules of the Royal Game of Ur.…

March 2020

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March
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The World’s Most Expensive Art

Ian Swankie is a Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives regular tours at each venue. Also a qualified and active freelance London guide and a member of both the City of London and Westminster Guide Lecturer Associations. Clients include WEA groups, Transport for London, the National Trust and London Open House. In 2012 he established a weekly independent art…

April 2020

08
April
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm
@ HCCS Theatre
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The Sublime in the Everyday : Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675 and the Delft School of Painting

Holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He was Visiting Lecturer in Art History at the University of Reading in 2005 and 2007, and gives lectures and guided tours at the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery and other famous London and nationwide venues. In 1866 the modern day revival of Vermeer began with an article entitled ‘the Sphinx of Delft’. Leslie Primo will examine Vermeer’s origins, his…

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