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Walton and Hersham

This historical information is supplied as a record of past lectures.  

This year's lecture programme.



January 13 Douglas Skeggs

Van Gogh & Gaugin


February 10 Ann Birchall

 Journey Through China’s Past



March 10 William Forrester

The Percy Family of Alnwick, Syon & Petworth



April 14 Clare Ford-Wille

The Secret Life of Painting: Symbolism & Meaning



May 12 Janet Canetty-Clarke

Grieg & His House in Bergen 



June 9 May Woods

Great Landscape Gardens of the 19th Century: Revolution in the Park.
Visitors from the continent and the USA as well as England, flocked to see English gardens throughout the 18th century. Gradually, the 17th century geometric formal gardens were relaxed by including serpentine paths and irregular shaped ponds. In the 1730s, William Kent created the Elysian Fields at Stowe. Temples and bridges, grottoes and gateways enhanced the gardens.
Capability Brown was the fashionable landscape architect from the 1740s onwards but 20 years later, people were bored by Brown’s simplicity and the Picturesque style with romantic ruins and dramatic waterfalls became popular. Humphrey Repton, another noted gardener preferred the classic approach; he framed a house by building terraces around it.







July 14 AGM at 2:30pm
followed by Peter Clayton

Ancient Egypt, Israel & the Bible: Faith & the Archaeological Evidence.
A look at the archaeological and background evidence for some of the stories in the Old and New Testaments. Eastern archaeology was very much biblical-led and inspired such 19th century artists as Edwin Long and David Roberts.



September 8 Edward Saunders

Florence & the Medici.
Many of the great names of Italian civilisation are associated with the Medici family – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Cellini, Galileo . The lecture will consider the impact of this amazing, extraordinary family upon the whole spectrum of Western art and culture. Of peasant farming stock in the early 15th century, the family rose first to become bankers, then power-brokers in Florence and finally Grand Dukes, marrying into the royal houses of France and Austria.



October 13 Andrew Davies

New York, New York: An Architectural Discovery.
Bustling, noisy, vibrant New York epitomises the modern city at its best (and occasional worst). Sailing past the Statue of Liberty, we begin by being processed as immigrants at Ellis Island before marvelling at this Leviathan whose skyline bristles with skyscrapers.
We take in the architecture of the Brooklyn Bridge, the two cathedrals, several museums, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim, and the lavishly refurbished Grand Central Station.


November 10 Daniel Snowman

The Culture Carriers: Their Impact on British Artistic & Cultural Life.
This lecture describes the huge impact on British life of those who found refuge in Britain having fled from Nazi Germany during the 20th century. Artists and architects, film makers and philosophers, musicians and publishers, psychologists and scientists all brought something of their continental legacy to Britain. Their collective talent was enormous and their influence far in excess of their numbers.



December 8 Social Event

Our Christmas Event at St. George’s Hill Golf Club