February update

Despite the rain, we had an almost full house at our lecture on 13 February when Anne Sebba told us the story of women’s lives during the dark days of Nazi occupation during World War II which included British and American women caught up in Paris, some of whom flourished in war time. Anne is a writer/presenter and lecturer. She loves interviewing extraordinary people and ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and is the author of nine non-fiction books, mostly biographies of iconic women with a strong historical context. This lecture certainly reflected on some of those women, who are the subject of her book “Les Parisiennes” – how the woman of Paris lived and died in the 1940s”.

On 12 March we welcome Mark Hill (Antiques Roadshow) to talk about “Regency Revelations – the Private Journal of a Regency Dandy”.

Our next Special Interest Day will take place on 16 April when Ian Swankie will hold two morning lectures on “The Brilliance of British Architecture and Design”. Tickets are already on sale (£27) so please contact Alison Lornie on 01932 845372 if you would like tickets.

John Smith reminded members of the work undertaken by TASW Young Arts and particularly Painshill Cobham. Members were encouraged to visit Painshill, an award-winning 18th century landscape garden where you are invited to walk around a work of art. Winding paths will take you on a journey to discover a living canvas with simply stunning views and beautiful garden buildings. Stroll around the Serpentine Lake, wander through woodland and promenade past follies, including the Ruined Abbey, Gothic Temple and Turkish Tent.

The Committee looks forward to seeing you soon.

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