L S Lowry: Coming from the Mill, 1930

Meet the Butler

Rococo Silver

Archibald Knox

Faberge egg

Modern Miss.

 



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11 OCTOBER 2018, 7.30PM

CAROLINE HAWLEY
As in other fields, the antique market is subject to the vagaries of fashion and is constantly changing. Auctioneer Caroline Hawley will explain the influences on the trade, including the internet and the proliferation of television programmes, and will illustrate what is hot and what is not in the world of antiques. Are you at the cutting edge of fashion?
She will also show what goes on behind the scenes in the television programmes like Flog It! in which she appears.

COMPLEMENTARY DRINK ON ARRIVAL.

8 NOVEMBER 2018, 8.00PM

TOM RATCLIFFE
19th century industrialisation changed Britain and continental Europe, re-configuring the landscape and human life. Tom Ratcliffe examines how artists have responded to these changes through their art, resulting in a romanticization of, and nostalgia for, a landscape irrevocably changed. He will feature images by Turner, Stanley Spencer, L. S. Lowry and Peter Brook, all of whom encapsulated the changes that have become the modern world..

13 DECEMBER 2018, 8.00PM

CHRIS CADE
Meet actor and storyteller Chris Cade in the guise of David Chuck, butler at Brodsworth Hall. The year is 1871. There are two vacancies: junior housemaid and junior footman. The butler will detail their duties and introduce a few tools of the trade. He will also give insights into the Thellusson family, who own the Hall, but we must remember that some of us are born to serve, and some are born to be served. We know our place in the social order.

MUSIC, MULLED WINE AND MINCE PIES AFTER THE TALK.

10 JANUARY 2019, 8.00 PM

RALPH HOYLE
Ralph Hoyle will discuss the innovative design of mid-18th century English Rococo silver and its place in social history. Along the way, he will reveal the adventures and misfortunes that befell the original owners of a number of pieces he will bring to show.

14 FEBRUARY 2019, 8.00PM

JOHN WYLES
Archibald Knox was influenced by the Celtic history of the Isle of Man where he was born and spent much of his life. He produced many metalwork and jewellery designs for Liberty's in the early 20th century but because they were never credited he is less well-known than other Art Nouveau designers. However, Knox is renowned as an artist in the Isle of Man. John Wyles traces his life story and focuses on his work for Liberty.

14 MARCH 2019, 8.00PM

NICHOLAS MERCHANT
No jeweller since Benvenuto Cellini in the 16th century has captured people’s imagination like the Russian, Peter Carl Fabergé.  His reputation rested on the quality and ingenuity of his works which, in their novelty and style, were in a different league to other contemporary craftsmen.
Nicholas Merchant looks at the objects created by this genius, ranging from personal jewels like tiaras, through hardstone figures, cigarette cases and writing accessories to the Easter Eggs, including latest discoveries created mainly for the Imperial family.

11 APRIL 2019, 7.30PM
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
followed by

SUE SEEGER
With a lifetime of teaching the history of textiles and fashion, Sue Seeger brings a wealth of experience to the subject of the development of women’s fashion between the 1860s and 1990s. During this time there have been enormous social, technological and political changes, all of which has been reflected in fashion, which has both expressed and defined the status and aspirations of women in our society.