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Programme of Lectures 2021-2022

Until further notice all lectures will be  held on line via Zoom on the internet, details of how to gain access can be accessed by clicking here. The Next Lecture will start at 8:00pm (not 7:30pm as before)


15th September 2021
Janet Gough

Cathedrals, safe places to do risky things 
This talk provides an overview of the Church of England's magnificent 42 cathedrals, jewels in the crown of England's built heritage, some recognised as World Heritage Sites. The talk is beautifully illustrated by Country Life photographer, Paul Barker. In addition to looking at their history and stories, evolving architecture and treasures, the talk considers the role of cathedrals over the centuries and specifically their role today.   

Rochester 1        Rochester 2

St Paul's stair case


20th October 2021
Lecturer: Barry Venning

…With a little help from their friends: The Beatles and their Artists
This is a journey through the 60s in music and images, following the Beatles from the Hamburg Reeperbahn in 1960 to Abbey Road in 1969. The band was always fascinated by the visual arts - the ‘fifth Beatle’, Stuart Sutcliffe, was a prodigiously talented painter - and they also learned very early on that artists and designers could help promote their image and their music. Their rise to global fame was aided and recorded by an impressive roster of photographers, including Astrid Kirchherr, Bob Freeman, Robert Whitaker, Angus McBean and Linda McCartney. The innovative covers for releases such as Rubber Soul (Bob Freeman) Revolver (Klaus Voormann), the White Album (Richard Hamilton) and Sgt. Pepper (Peter Blake & Jann Haworth) turned album design into an art form in its own right.

17th November 2021
Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe

“First Catch A Squirrel…….Historical Materials and Techniques of Painting in the 15th - 18th Century”
 The 14th century artist Cennino Cennini recommended using “the chicken bones that you will find under the dining table” for making charcoaled bone black to paint with. His treatise, The Artists’ handbook, gives us an understanding of some of the surprising materials which any artist had to master before he could begin to paint, such as the tail of a squirrel to make his paintbrushes. But many of these materials were difficult to use and had an effect on the finished look of paintings from the centuries before industrial processes changed the artist’s world. This lecture will explain the techniques and the reasons for some of the features of 15th and 16th century paintings which may seem odd to our modern eyes. Chantal will bring examples of the materials mentioned in the talk to pass round and discuss with participants.

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