Lecture Programme

All our lectures commence at 10.45 am coffee is available from 10.00 a.m.

14September Wednesday
Lecture Programme

Hogarth: Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China: Hogarth’s Pots – Lars Tharp

Time: Wednesday, 14 September 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
A ‘cracking’ talk.  It will fundamentally change your view of William Hogarth. Pots, crocks and chinaware tumble through Hogarth’s domestic dramas.  His detailed paintings and prints are wittily infiltrated with recognizable ceramics  – earthenwares, stonewares and ‘china’-  in an age drunk on Luxury.  Potters across continents compete with each other, fuelled by the ‘china mania’ […]
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12October Wednesday
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The Ultimate Luxury: The Story of Chinese Wallpaper – Hanne Sutcliffe

Time: Wednesday, 12 October 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
Chinese wallpapers were an absolute status symbol among the aristocrats and upper classes. A room or more decorated in ‘China Paper’ was a must in the late 17th century and 18th century. The imported painted Chinese sheets were auctioned in London and were extremely expensive. Each sheet had either exotic flower and bird patterns or scenes of ‘life […]
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09November Wednesday
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Cave Paintings and Pre-History Carvings: Can we really call them art – Geri Parlby

Time: Wednesday, 9 November 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
It was once thought that art did not exist in any form until around 30,000 BC when the Cro-Magnons took over from the Neanderthals in the Palaeolithic period. However a carved and painted figurine found in Morocco in 1999 is now said to be at least 400,000 years old. Throughout this lecture we will look […]
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14December Wednesday
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The Secret Dress Diary of Mrs Anne Sykes – Kate Strasdin

Time: Wednesday, 14 December 2022 10:45 am - 12:00 pm / Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury, Preston New Road, Preston PR5 0UL
A gift from a friend in 2016 led me on a journey that is not yet completed but is proving to be utterly fascinating. A pink silk covered accounts ledger was revealed to be filled with swatches of dress fabrics, each sample accompanied by a caption describing the owner, the year and sometimes the occasion […]
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