24 September 2019

Romancing the Rails. British Railway Posters – On Track with the World’s Best

The Flying Scotsman, Golden Arrows, Belles and Pullmans; no wonder Betjeman still stands in awe at St Pancras. Covering the Golden Age of British Railways, the era of the Big Four 1923 – 1947, this lecture celebrates the most romantic period of our British travel history. You’ll see how the best travel posters connect with your heart and your mind, and how they have closely reflected the evolution of British holidays.

Focusing on the role of posters and poster artists in the history of advertising, this global-award winning Creative Director of international advertising agencies has lectured extensively on design, illustration and photographic styles as they have influenced the building of brands. He has himself created posters for major brands including British Airways, Nestlé, Sony, General Motors and Shell. His travel writing and photography has appeared in various airline magazines as well as Time. He has also written and produced several hundred TV and Radio commercials and corporate video programmes. He is a member of Winchester DFAS.

Charles Harris

22 October 2019

The Model Wife: Effie Gray, Ruskin and Millais

Who were the women whose faces gaze out at us from the canvases of the Pre-Raphaelites? This lecture explores the private lives of a revolutionary group of Victorian artists, and the haunting stories of their loves – Lizzie Siddal, Janey Morris and Effie Gray. 

Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper

26 November 2019

Art of the Home

The home, as the place of the most intimate experiences of life and personal identity is a significant subject in the art of many periods. As the nature and view of domestic life has altered over the past centuries so too has the symbolic role of the home in art, from the virtuous context for religious narratives in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, to the portraiture of polite society in the eighteenth, moral posturing in the nineteenth and new concepts of the home and family in the twentieth century. This lecture takes examples of the diverse depiction of the home over the centuries to explore how domestic life has changed as also its depiction and symbolic role in art.

Dr Anthony Buxton