Walton and Hersham

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Special Interest Days 2016 

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Walton and Hersham


These special interest days take place at the Riverhouse 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 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Thursday, 17th March

Tribal Rugs Brian MacDonald

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

A lady in court dress 1809
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

Bertie Pearce
Bertie Pearce

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.