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10 DECEMBER 2020, 8.00PM

CHRIS CADE
A light-hearted opener for the season with actor Chris Cade (whom we last met as a stately home butler) as that curmudgeonly old character Scrooge reading from and performing Dickens’ famous story of redemption through charity and goodwill towards your fellow man (and woman!).  Be prepared for some audience participation in cameo roles.

14 JANUARY 2021, 8.00PM

DR SUZANNE FAGENCE COOPER
John Ruskin was the greatest critic of the 19th century, writing major works not just on art and architecture but on society and life too. Suzanne Fagence Cooper shows how his writings – on beauty and truth, work and leisure, commerce and capitalism, on life and how to live it – can teach us more than ever about how to see the world around us clearly and how to live.

11 FEBRUARY 2021, 8.00PM

RALPH HOYLE
Following his fascinating talk in 2018, Ralph returns with more intriguing information about some further mid-eighteenth century pieces of silver, their owners and their adventures, concluding with a look at the World's most famous mid-eighteenth century carriage.

18 MARCH 2021, 8.00PM - NOTE DATE CHANGE

LARS THARP
The distinguished ceramic, antiques and art expert Lars Tharp travels through William Hogarth's detailed interiors in The Harlot, The Rake and Marriage-à-la-Mode. High life and low, players, real and fictional. Humdrum chattels and faddish luxuries - including most of the ceramic traditions of the time, up to the eve of the Wedgwood revolution.

8 APRIL 2021, 8.00PM

MARDI JACOBS
The story of penniless Swiss baker Frederick Belmont's journey to England and how he created the iconic and much-loved Yorkshire business - Bettys. Drawing on artefacts from the wonderfully rich Bettys & Taylors Archive, of which she is the Archivist, Mardi Jacobs describes how Bettys has survived and thrived through many challenges, remaining an independent family business owned by the founder's descendants and continuing to serve third, fourth and fifth generations of his customers.

13 MAY 2021, 8.00PM

CHARLES HANSON
The well-known auctioneer and TV personality will talk About his recent experience of unearthing finds during the periods of lockdown this year. Treasures are there to be discovered - including this rare (and valuable) Quainlong period wine ewer stored in a garage since its owners' death, intended for a charity shop. But lockdown gave their son time to sort out the garage and he took it to Hansons for an opinion. .

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