The Music Lesson - a piece of Chelsea pottery
from Upton Park, Warwickshire.



Beatrix Potter (second right) and family
at Wray Castle, 1882.







Salts Mill from Robert's Park c. 1890.

 



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THURSDAY 9 OCTOBER 2014, 7.30PM

DR ADAM BOWETT
Mahogany is still the world's most highly-regarded furniture wood. Now under threat of extinction, this once-abundant timber transformed British furniture-making in the 18th and 19th centuries and became the benchmark by which other timbers were judged. Adam Bowett looks at the origins of the mahogany trade, its development and its impact on furniture-making. He also considers the vital role played by economics, war and colonial policy in shaping not only the trade but the history of British furniture.

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THURSDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2014, 8.00PM

TREVOR MOODY
The National Trust is the nationís guardian of over three hundred historic houses in which there are 750,000 items of furniture, paintings, decorative arts, ceramics, costumes, books and historic household objects. Trevor Moody has been giving talks on behalf of the Trust as a Volunteer for the last 15 years and presents a personal selection of these amazing treasures from its collection and the houses where you can find them.

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THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER 2014 8.00PM

JANET NIEPOKOJCZYCKA
The children's writer and illustrator was brought up in a wealthy middle class family that spent long summer holidays in Scotland and the Lake District where Beatrix developed her interest in nature, particularly the study of fungi. Her earnings as a writer enabled her to settle in the Lakes, where she married a local solicitor, bought extensive tracts of farmland and became an expert in Herdwick sheep. Janet Niepokojczcka, a Lakes Guide, traces Beatrix Potter's life and legacy.

THURSDAY 8 JANUARY 2015 8.00PM

SIMON TOMSOM
A welcome return for archaeologist Simon Tomson, who will trace the story of the Moorish conquest of the southern Iberian Peninsula in 711AD and the establishment of the Caliphate of Cůrdoba in 929AD that lasted for a century, during which time it became the intellectual and cultural centre of Europe. Simon will examine the rich architectural and artistic legacy that can be seen today, and which is still being discovered.

THURSDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2015 8.00PM

SUSAN RUMFITT
Harrogate-based jewellery advisor and auction consultant Susan Rumfitt tells the stories of a variety of Royal jewels that have caused shock or amazement over the last 500 years. From the powerful jewels of Henry VIII, the scandalous jewels associated with Charles II, George IV and the Duchess of Windsor, to the romantic jewels belonging to Queen Victoria there really is a Royal jewel for every occasion. Susan is a specialist on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2015 8.00PM

SALLY CLEGG
The village of Saltaire and its massive mill was created by the woollen manufacturer Titus Salt in the 1850s. Now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is a finely-preserved example of a model industrial village, it was built to provide good living amenities for Saltís workforce in close proximity to their workplace. Sally Clegg, one of the team of dramatic re-enactors of the events of the villageís history, outlines the early years of the textile mill.

THURSDAY 9 APRIL 2015 7.30PM

SIR THOMAS INGILBY
Few are better qualified to talk about what it is really like to live in one of Britainís stately homes open to the public all-year-round and frequently used as a venue for weddings and other events than Sir Thomas Ingilby, the owner of Ripley Castle, whose family has occupied the house for over 700 years. This anecdotal talk will give you a good idea of how strange an existence families like the Ingilbys lead and how many funny incidents they witness. It will also leave you eternally grateful that you donít own a castle.

PRECEDED BY THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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