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10 OCTOBER 2019, 7.30PM

SARAH MAUDE
Sarah is a Geographer who has lived in China and travelled widely there on regular visits since 1990.   She shows how Chinese attitudes to the protection and management of historic sites, including UNESCO World Heritage sites, often differ from British ones.  While there is excellent conservation work going on in many places, financial and visitor pressures influence development.


14 NOVEMBER 2019, 8.00PM


PETER THORNBORROW
Peter is an architectural and furniture historian and a former Inspector of Historic Buildings who resurveyed Linton and Wetherby (and most of West Yorkshire) for listed buildings in the 1980s. His restoration of a derelict farmhouse above Hebden Bridge, won him the 'Best House Restoration in the North-West of England' award in 1975. He willl share with us his love of vernacular buildings and 17th century oak furniture, particularly of the Pennine region, and how this passion shaped his life.


12 DECEMBER 2019, 8.00PM
HAREWOOD SUITE,MERCURE HOTEL, WETHERBY LS22 5HE


JACKIE DEPELLE
The roof tops of properties are a neglected source of domestic and industrial history. There is so much of interest if we only look up! Jackie presents a selection of chimney stacks and pots from a wide range of general and listed buildings in her local area, and introduces us to 'little beehives', 'curved crowns' and 'straight bishops'.
SEASONAL REFRESHMENTS AFTER THE TALK.

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9 JANUARY 2020, 8.00PM


ROBERT SOPER
Robert spent 25 years organising top-of-the-range antique fairs in some of Britain's finest stately homes. He describes how just two people changed the worlds of antiques and stately homes from moribund complacency into dynamic multi-million-pound world beaters, almost by accident. Along the way, he recalls some of the amazing people he encountered - aristocrats, forgers, Admirals, Holocaust survivors and spies, to name but a few.

13 FEBRUARY 2020, 8.00PM

ALISON LARKIN
Alison is a specialist in historical hand embroidery techniques. She explores one of the best-loved periods of historical costume in which both men and women dressed in embroidered finery - the reigns of the Georges from 1714-1837 - and shows how fashions changed and affected the embroidery on costume.

12 MARCH 2020, 8.00PM

GILL MOORE
In 2014, the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough opened a gallery dedicated to the 'Father of Industrial Design', Christopher Dresser. He was the co-founder of the local Linthorpe Art Pottery, but his ambitions extended beyond ceramics. Gill Moore was a member of the team that curated the gallery and recounts its many ups and downs, why Dresser was one of Britain's most innovative designers and the campaign to give him greater recognition.

THE MEETING 0N 9 APRIL IS CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
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9 APRIL 2020, 7.30PM
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
followed by

PROFESSOR JOYCE HILL
What is it like to stay in the Vatican? What is the history of this remarkable city-state? How does it function? And why was the great church built just here? Answers to these questions, based upon Professor Hill's personal experience, provide an unusual insight into the world that lies behind and beneath the familiar fašade of St Peter's Basilica.