Thursday, 17th March
Tribal Rugs, Treasures of the Black Tent
Brian MacDonald – A journey through the Weaving History of the Nomadic Tribes
of the Near East, Persia and Central Asia. The lecture comes from the title of
the lecturer’s books and draws on his experience of living amongst the nomads
of Iran and his travels throughout the Near East and Afghanistan. Brian will
bring along a selection of rugs for a hands-on experience. Members are encouraged
to bring along their own specimens for identification and information.
Brian has been a dealer and consultant in antique oriental rugs since 1979.
He is one of the few western dealers to have lived and worked among tribal groups
in remote areas of Iran and Afghanistan. He has been a Fellow of the
Royal Geographical Society since 1990.
Thursday, 1st September
Court Dress, 1809
Dress at the Court of George II, George IV & Queen Victoria
Jacqui Ansell – A look at the rules and regulations governing dress
for court presentation and the many disasters and experiences that befell
those who wished to make a stately show on such occasions.
Jacqui is a lecturer in Fine & Decorative Art from the Renaissance
to Modernism. She read History of Art and Theory and gained an MA in
History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute. She lectures regularly at
the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the V & A. She
currently contributes to the short course programme at Christies Education.
Tuesday, 1st December - Christmas Supper Lecture
Wonder Worker & The Art of Illusion
Bertie Pearce – The History of Magic through Art and Pictures – a ‘wacky’ talk
with conjuring and tricks to get us in the mood for Christmas.
Bertie Pearce has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University and
Diploma Internationale from the Ecole Internationale du Theatre, Jacques Lecoq.
He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. He has written an article
on entertainment for the Guardian newspaper.