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Tuesday 18th April 2017
Painting on Light: A History of Stained Glass
Roger Rosewell

This richly illustrated lecture traces the history of stained glass in churches from Anglo-Saxon England until the present day. It explains evolving styles and techniques and discusses why some of Europe's greatest painters created these masterpieces of colour and storytelling. It explores how medieval people responded to these images, the lives of the artists who made them, and the relationships between stained glass windows and other works of art. Foreign glass imported into Britain, Victorian windows and the oeuvre of modern artists are also considered.

Roger is a professional lecturer, award-winning author and widely published photographer. He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. His books include Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches; A History of Stained Glass, The Medieval Monastery and Medieval Wall Paintings. His lecture will include local examples of wall paintings, stained glass and monastic remains.

Detail of a Tree of Jesse from York Minster c. 1170.
Detail of a Tree of Jesse from
York Minster c. 1170.
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 (please note date)
Children's Book Illustrations
John Ericson

As adults we carry in our heads huge numbers of images from childhood, and some of those most deeply etched come from illustrations in books that we read as children. Images of 'Tigger' and 'Toad' or even 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' will probably remain with us for ever! In addition to a wide range of examples John will examine how illustrations contribute to the development of understanding and how the interaction of image and narrative creates such powerful memories.

John entertained us four years ago and returns with an entirely different subject. He was a lecturer at the University of Bath where he was Director of Studies in the School of Education with responsibility for the development of teachers. John has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and has given lectures and presentations all over the world. His talks are entertaining, informative, very well illustrated and presented with warmth and humour.

Illustration from
Illustration from "The House that Jack Built"
by Randolph Caldecott (1887)
Tuesday 20th June 2017
'Faking It — A Desire to Deceive' — The Allure of Imitation Jewels and Gems from 1500
Susan Rumfitt

Today we are used to wearing costume jewellery and buying stones that have been enhanced in some way. But how did all this begin and when, if at all, did it become an acceptable practice? From counterfeit balas rubies found in the Cheapside Hoard to the foiling of precious gemstones, and the production of the cultured pearl, this lecture will take you on an exciting journey about the intriguing behaviour of gemstone dealers and jewellers across Europe since 1500 in their quest to deceive!

Susan is an independent jewellery advisor, auction consultant and lecturer who has studied for a postgraduate degree at Glasgow University. She was international jewellery specialist at Phillips Auctioneers from 1996 and then Head of Department 1999—2002 and is a specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

The gemstone at the front of George Vs Imperial State Crown
The gemstone at the front of
George V's Imperial State Crown


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