Special Interest Days 2019

These special interest days take place at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton and normally take the form of two lectures in the morning followed by lunch. A further lecture or discussion follows in the afternoon.

Previous years’ programmes for special interest days 201820172016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 20092008, 2007.


Thursday, 4 April, 2019 (2 lectures morning only)

Luxury Textiles: Embroidery and Tapestry from the 10th to the 16th Century – Dr Susan Kay-Williams (CEO of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court).

Bayeux Tapestry, Scene55, William the Conqueror on the Hastings battlefield

The first talk covers medieval embroidery from the Bayeux Tapestry to the Opus Anglicanum. The second talk deals with medieval and Tudor tapestry before 1600, including the Lady and the Unicorn and the Hunt of the Unicorn


Thursday, 19 September, 2019 (2 lectures morning only)

Behind the London Livery Companies – Objects and Stories – Jo Mabbutt

The Dunstable Swan Jewel

Over the centuries London’s Livery Companies have accumulated fascinating treasures which represent their craft and trade and reveal their vital  importance to the commercial life of the City of London. Collectors since medieval times, the modern livery companies continue to commission a great variety of fine and decorative arts to promote their skills, while supporting charity, education and training.


Thursday, 12 December, 2019 (Festive Supper)

Stocking Fillers from Fabergé – Clare Phillips (Curator at the V&A for the history of jewellery)

The Imperial Coronation Egg, one of the most famous and iconic of all the Fabergé eggs

Although the Russian jeweller, Carl Fabergé, is best known for his magnificent Imperial Easter Eggs, these represent only one aspect of his firm’s great creativity. The lecture will be a visual feast, in which we escape into the most privileged realms of Edwardian Christmas shopping.