Events Calendar

October 3rd 2017 The Monument
The Monument to the Great Fire of London is one of London’s great landmarks. Designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, it was opened in 1677 and since then it has been involved in various historic events as well as appearing in various novels. David Laird will be telling us more about this historic column.

Speaker: David Laird, Lecturer and City of London Learning Officer.

November 7th 2017 Railway Art
The railways have long inspired a wide range of arts and crafts from posters to fine art paintings and from models and souvenirs to a wide range of dinnerware and textiles. Tony Drake, a long-time railway enthusiast, will show us some of the fine work that the railways have inspired.

Speaker: Tony Drake, Lecturer and Curator of the Bluebell Railway Museum.

December 5th 2017 AGM & Quiz on unusual antiques
Our Annual General Meeting will be followed by our Christmas party and a quiz on unusual antiques. How good is your knowledge?

Quiz Mistress: Dot Davison, MADAS member

January 9th 2018 Princess Charlotte: the finest Queen Britain never had
Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817), daughter of George IV, was much loved by the British public. They saw her as a sign of hope and a contrast to her unpopular father and grandfather. Her death at a very young age in childbirth set off a wave of unprecedented public mourning. James Eaton will tell us her story.

Speaker: James Eaton, Lecturer and Royal Palace guide.

February 6th 2018 The London Livery Companies
The livery companies of London, both old and new, have played an important role in the development of the City of London. In this lively talk, Christine Jarvis will discuss the various companies, their histories and their activities today.

Speaker: Christine Jarvis, Blue Badge guide.

March 6th 2018 Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau is an international style of art, architecture and applied art that flourished between 1890 and 1910. Mark Lewis will discuss this Movement, the major artists involved and its influence in the arts today.

Speaker: Mark Lewis, Artist and lecturer.

April 3rd 2018 The Decorative Arts of Ballet
From the court of Louis XIV to the world of classical ballet today, the decorative arts have played a key part in the development of this stylised art form. Our speaker, Pat Mitchinson, will be looking at some of the influential costume and set designers who have helped shape ballet as we know it today.

Speaker: Pat Mitchinson, Art and History lecturer.

May 1st 2018 John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent was an American painter who became known as ‘the leading portrait painter of his generation’. Marcia Page will look at his life, the portraits for which he was so rightly famous and his also very fine landscapes.



Speaker: Marcia Page, Art historian and lecturer.

June 5th 2018 Clandon House
The 18th century Palladian mansion, Clandon House, was long the dwelling of the Onslow family. In 2015 a fire tore through the house and what was left was essentially a shell. A National Trust representative from Clandon will speak on the history of the house and the work that is being done to restore it.

Speaker: A National Trust representative.