Programme New membership year 2023/4 At our new venue: Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall, 50a Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, LE12 8RZ. 7.15pm for 7.45pm 8th February 2024 Tyler Butterworth What a Carry On! From the son of Peter: come and hear the history and art of the Carry On films from within the family. The remarkable untold story of Carry On actor Peter Butterworth, and his wife, Britain’s first female tv impressionist Janet Brown, best known for her impression of Mrs Thatcher. British actor Peter Butterworth's ID card when he was a prisoner at Stalag Luft III camp in 1943. Using classic film and tv clips, personal mementos, and rare photographs and letters from his family’s unseen collection, Tyler reveals the private story behind his parents’ public lives. Janet Brown as Mrs Thatcher It’s a journey that takes in MI9, the building of a theatre in the notorious WW2 Prisoner of War camp Stalag Luft III, nights at Chequers with a Prime Minister, This Is Your Life, and many more moments in their long, shared life in the theatre. 14th March 2024 (date changed) Ralph Hoyle Mid 18th Century English Rococo Silver, it’s Social Context, and the Adventures of it’s Owners and Makers Ralph's interest is mid eighteenth century English Rococo silver. He brings with him the pieces he is going to talk about for the listeners to handle and examine, together with a comprehensive collection of power point images, with close ups of features of interest. The Huguenot influence on this most decorative period is discussed, where new silversmith techniques fused with new designs; together with methods of manufacture, interpreting the engraved heraldry of the items, and the social context. He makes the talk entertaining as well as informative by taking the audience on a journey to uncover the original owners by tracing the heraldry, shows portraits of them, and reveals some of the life story associated with them; fabulously wealthy aristocrats and middling sorts, they variously had a stint in the Tower of London, had tragic family circumstances, had their descendants gamble away their estates, found their wife in a bed she should certainly not have been in, or were dragged to their death in an overturned carriage... Knowing the exploits of these original owners of these pieces adds considerably to their interest and brings another dimension to the handling. This format also lends itself to study sessions, particularly a small group at a single table, where a greater range of pieces can be shown, and discussed in more detail, together with a session looking at silver wine labels*; their evolving design from the 1730s, how wars with France determined the wines that were drunk, and how some makers families supplied them for several generations. * Also known as decanter labels. Originally introduced to identify the contents of opaque and dark coloured bottles. Brazier by silversmith Charles Friedrich Kander (1735), Metropolitan Museum 11th April 2024 Keith Bonser Caravaggio Painter Extraordinaire, Flawed Genius &…..? Murderer. My presentation is a very personal account of how Caravaggio came into my life. This journey embraces the story of his life and his paintings, and epitomises the ability of Art to inspire anyone. The core presentation is followed by an interactive open discussion on related topics. For example; The Betrayal of Christ; A painting ‘lost’ for almost 400 years, found by chance in Dublin 1990 No body, no grave, no record of his death. How did Caravaggio die? Caravaggio and his models, including himself Did Caravaggio’s alleged bi-sexuality, trigger a sequence of events which directly led to his premature death? Malta; A year on the island which promised so much, but ended in disaster Caravaggio and Costanza Colonna; A bond that helped him throughout his life and very nearly saved him …….., but not quite. A portrait of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio 9th May 2024 Mark Temple A Picture Tour of Woodhouse Eaves and its neighbours. Changes over 100 years House party at Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse Eaves in 1926. Photo: WikiMedia Commons 13th June 2024 David Rosier Imperial Chinese Court Art & Portraiture. David returns from the Scottish Highlands to present more from his vast collections of Chinese Culture, some of which he will bring. This lecture explores the origins and evolution of the nature and function of paintings created under an Emperor's patronage by artists of the Imperial School of Art. Court art evolved separately from classical Chinese paintings and included portraiture plus scenes of court life and significant State Events. These were used as visual evidence of the political power of the Emperor and the splendour of his court. The lecture concludes by considering the revolution in court art that occured in the 18th century as Emperor Qianlong deployed Western artistic skills and techniques brought by Jesuits invited to the Forbidden City. A Chinese Mandarin by George Chinnery New membership year 2024/5 SEPT Brian MacDonald – “Treasures of the Black Tent.” OCT James Wright – “In Search of Britain’s Oldest Pubs.” NOV Rosamund Bartlett – “The Culture of Ukraine.” DEC Barry Venning – “Giles Cartoons.”
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