Monday 16th January 2012
Leonardo: Painter at the Court of Milan
The visit to the exhibition will be preceded by an introductory lecture
Wednesday 18th April 2012
The Olympic Site and the Docklands Museum of London
Thursday 19th July 2012
Pallant House Gallery
Pallant House Gallery houses one of the best
collections of 20th century art in the world and is housed in a
grade I listed Queen Anne townhouse. The collection is founded
on works left to the city of Chichester by Walter Hussy, a
former Dean of the Cathedral. It includes works by Barbara
Hepworth, Henry Moore, John Piper and Paul Cezanne. Further
donations included works by Ben Nicholson, Walter Sickert and
Lucian Freud. The Gallery also has one of the world’s
outstanding collections of 18th century Bow porcelain. As well
as the permanent collection, the Gallery has special exhibitions
throughout the year. In July there will be an exhibition of
Peter Blake’s work.
The Cathedral was founded in 1108. Although a typical medieval
cathedral with fine Norman and Gothic architecture, it has two
architectural features that are unique among England’s medieval
cathedrals -a freestanding bell tower and double aisles. Inside
the cathedral, there is an eclectic collection of treasures and
artworks dated from the 12th to the 20th centuries. These
include the 12th century carved reliefs of the Lazarus tablets,
Tudor panel paintings and many ornate tombs including the 14th
century Arundel tomb. A Roman mosaic can also be seen though a
glass window in the nave. Among the more modern works are
tapestries by John Piper, a window by Marc Chagall, Graham
Sutherland’s painting ‘Noli me tangere’ and a reredos for St
John the Baptist Chapel by Patrick Procktor.
The window by Marc Chagall is on the right. It is based on the theme of Psalm 150
'...let everything that hath breath praise the Lord' (1978)
Thursday 18th October 2012
The medieval village of Clerkenwell derives its name from The Clerk’s Well.
In the Middle Ages, the London Parish clerks took services in Parish Churches
and also performed annual mystery plays. The area was a hot spot for monastic foundations.
A Carthusian Priory was founded in 1371 and, after the dissolution of the Monasteries,
became a Tudor home until 1611 when Sir Thomas Sutton established a school and Sutton’s Hospital.
This still exists as the Charterhouse, an almshouse for ‘gentlemen pensioners’ known as ‘Brothers’.
From the Crusades to St John’s Ambulance, St John’s Priory Gate Museum of
tells the story of the Order of the Hospitaller Knights of St John. Founded in 1023,
The Brothers both fought and nursed in the Holy Land and on their island fortresses of
Rhodes and Malta. In addition to the Museum space, concealed within the Tudor building,
is the Chapter House of the Order with some impressive paintings, and spanning the
arch of St John’s Gate, is the Council Chamber with a high vaulted ceiling and
windows set with Whitefriar’s glass.
In thanksgiving for his recovery from illness (with the help of St Bartholomew) Rahere,
a courtier of Henry I, founded St Bartholomew’s Priory and Hospital in 1123. Both these
foundations still exist.
Parts of the monastic church survive as a Parish church, a
continuous place of worship since 1123. There is a fine Norman nave with a
pre-reformation font and a 13th Century coffin amongst many interesting
funereal monuments. The 0riel window was installed in the 16th
Century by Prior William so that he could spy on his monks. In more recent times
the church has been the location for scenes in several films including
Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, the Other Boleyn Girl
and Sherlock Holmes.