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11 OCTOBER 2012 7.30PM
JOHN GRIFFITHS
There's much more to the history of pottery in Yorkshire than the famous work produced at the Leeds and Burmantofts potteries, as you will discover in this talk by ceramics expert John Griffiths, author of a recent book on the subject.

8 NOVEMBER 2012 8.00PM

TONY POWELL
Gibbons was, quite simply, England's greatest wood carver. The imagination and skill of his work still astonishes us today, nearly three centuries after his death. Tony Powell examines his life and unveils some of the secrets of his working methods.

13 DECEMBER 2012 8.00PM

SIMON TOMSON
The illuminated manuscript produced in the eighth century by the monks at the Priory on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland coast is one of the great treasures of the British Library. Simon Tompson looks at the history of the monastic settlement and how the Lindisfarne Gospels came to be made.

10 JANUARY 2013 8.00PM

JAMES LOMAX
James Lomax, past Curator of Collections at Temple Newsam House and author of Country House Silver, guides us though the fascinating development and social history of the elaborate silver toilet sets that adorned ladies dressing tables in the 17th and 18th centuries.

14 FEBRUARY 2013 8.00PM

COLIN GRIFFITHS
With his life-long fascination for church architecture and history, Colin Griffiths is well placed to explain how to date churches from their architectural details and layout, and to understand the variety of ways in which they were used. He also reveals the whereabouts of some unusual and little-known churches in Yorkshire.
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4 MARCH 2013 8.00PM
ANDREW MIDDLETON
Andrew Middleton, author of Rugs and Carpets,: Techniques, Traditions & Designs, is the Rugs, Carpets and Tapestries Consultant for Tennants Auctioneers. He brings thirty years of experience to the subject of how oriental carpet weaving has developed and reflects the societies in which carpets are made and the needs of the markets in which they are sold.
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11 APRIL 2013 7.30PM
MALCOLM OXLEY
The great 19th century artist J M W Turner made the first of his many visits to Yorkshire in 1797 at the invitation of Edward Lascelles and, later, Walter Fawkes of Farnley Hall (left). Inspired by the variety of Yorkshire's landscape Turner visited more than 70 places - from Harewood to Fountains Abbey,Wetherby to Scarborough - producing hundreds of sketches and paintings. Art historian Malcolm Oxley explains the significance of his landscape watercolours in changing the direction of British Art.
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