Forthcoming Lectures
6th March, 2018Graham TwemlowArt and Design in the Chilterns

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chilterns has played host to many artists and craftsmen. Graham’s talk will focus on some of the 20th century artists who either made the Chilterns their home or found inspiration here – and sometimes both. Works by artists such as, Paul & John Nash, John Piper, Eric Gill, Clare Leighton, E. McKnight Kauffer and the textile designer Marion Dorn will be discussed and include their contribution to the applied arts in its many forms A retired University academic Dr Twemlow writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. He has given talks at numerous institutes and venues including Christie’s South Kensington, the Royal Society of Arts and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

3rd April, 2018Caroline BrownAnne Damer: Sculpting Society

1st May, 2018James MatherThe Watlington Hoard

5th June, 2018Jack OgdenInvincible No Longer: Diamonds in the Mediaeval World

This talk will look as the early history of diamonds with a particular focus on the medieval European world where there was increasing trade in diamonds from India and the first steps in the development of diamond cutting. There had been some use of diamonds in antiquity, first for working other gems and then set in jewellery, but these extraordinarily hard stones could not be cut or polished were seen as 'invincible' and surrounded by myth. Then gradually, rudimentary polishing developed and by the end of the Medieval period we have true diamond cutting and the birth of the diamond industry as we know it today. Jack Ogden is an archaeologist and historian who focuses on the development of jewellery materials and technology. He is an acknowledged authority in this field and has written and lectured widely on the subject for more than forty years. He has a PhD from Durham University, is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, an elected Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and holds a Diploma in Art Law. He lives in Henley on Thames with his partner Sara Abey, plus piles of books and a banjo

2nd October, 2018Jill EyersBoudicca – Warrior Queen or Rebel?

Who was Boudicca? What precisely happened during and shortly after the Roman invasion of Britain, and how did we get to the rebellion of some British tribes in AD60? This talk goes into the hard evidence and some of it might surprise you.

6th November, 2018Phillada BallardCookham Court

4th December, 2018 AGM 2018