Lectures Membership year 2019/2020 Our 2019 Summer buffet will be on 22 August at Greetham Valley Golf Club, following the morning lecture. Booking form for members and guests is available here When Cotton was King: the architectural legacy of nineteenth century Manchester Brian Healey 'Cottonopolis’ as it became known, was the world’s first industrialized city that enjoyed unstoppable growth for much of the last century. With it came grand commercial and civic buildings on a scale and of a quality never witnessed in the city before. This lecture examines the extraordinary variety of such buildings and shows how their architects and stonemasons brought directly into the streets of Manchester the golden age of Pericles, the architecture of Renaissance Italy and the Gothic of the Grand Canal. It goes into a detailed study of the allegorical sculpture and decoration of many of these buildings, many of which have fascinating stories to tell and which were designed by eminent architects such as Charles Barry and Alfred Waterhouse even before they went on to make names for themselves in the capital itself. Click here for more information on Cottonopolis Lectures start at 11.00am with coffee from 10.15am and are held at Victoria Hall, Oakham September 26 Post War Theatre : From Coward’s Cocktails to the Angry Young Men Giles Ramsey Lecture synopsis to follow. October 24 The Guggenheims: A Dynasty of Art Collections Andrew Hopkins What other family in the twentieth century managed to amass such extraordinary art collections, and design or purchase such astounding buildings to display their collections? Compared to the Frick and Gulbenkian, individual collections displayed in single museums, the Guggenheim name was transformed in the late twentieth century into a brand, some would say a chain. With celebrated museums in New York, with the flagship Solomon R. Guggenheim landmark on Fifth Avenue, together with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, the family foundation did not stop there. They commissioned the celebrated building by Frank Gehry in Bilbao, which opened in 1997, and which is now considered a masterpiece of modern architecture and design. Other expansion plans have not fared so well, with outposts in Las Vegas and Berlin closing after some years, and new building projects in Vilnius and Helsinki have been abandoned after opposition by residents, who were not persuaded they needed a Guggenheim in their city. This lecture looks at the beginning of both Solomon’s and Peggy’s collections in New York City, with artists they acquired such as Kandinsky and Pollock, and traces the development and expansion of their collections over more than half a century, by which time the Guggenheim name had become synonymous with some of the most inspiring art and museums in the world.   Click here for the history of the family and their wealth New membership year 2019/2020 November 28 IO Saturnalia: Happy Christmas the Roman Way Gillian Hovell Early Christians celebrated Christmas at the same tie as the ancient Romans were feasting and partying for their pagan Saturnalia festival. Many of the pagan habits were therefore absorbed into our Christmas traditions. Present-giving, holly and even party-hats all have their origins in this 2000 year old party. This talk will revel in artwork that is ancient and modern as we unwrap the images and stories behind our festive season.
Web site designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training.
Lectures 2019/20  Membership Year Our 2019 Summer buffet will be on 22 August at Greetham Valley Golf Club, following the morning lecture. Booking form for members and guests is available here When Cotton was King: the architectural legacy of nineteenth century Manchester Brian Healey 'Cottonopolis’ as it became known, was the world’s first industrialized city that enjoyed unstoppable growth for much of the last century. With it came grand commercial and civic buildings on a scale and of a quality never witnessed in the city before. This lecture examines the extraordinary variety of such buildings and shows how their architects and stonemasons brought directly into the streets of Manchester the golden age of Pericles, the architecture of Renaissance Italy and the Gothic of the Grand Canal. It goes into a detailed study of the allegorical sculpture and decoration of many of these buildings, many of which have fascinating stories to tell and which were designed by eminent architects such as Charles Barry and Alfred Waterhouse even before they went on to make names for themselves in the capital itself. Click here for more information on Cottonopolis Lectures start at 11.00am with coffee from 10.15am and are held at Victoria Hall, Oakham September 26 Post War Theatre : From Coward’s Cocktails to the Angry Young Men Giles Ramsey Lecture synopsis to follow. October 24 The Guggenheims: A Dynasty of Art Collections Andrew Hopkins What other family in the twentieth century managed to amass such extraordinary art collections, and design or purchase such astounding buildings to display their collections? Compared to the Frick and Gulbenkian, individual collections displayed in single museums, the Guggenheim name was transformed in the late twentieth century into a brand, some would say a chain. With celebrated museums in New York, with the flagship Solomon R. Guggenheim landmark on Fifth Avenue, together with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, the family foundation did not stop there. They commissioned the celebrated building by Frank Gehry in Bilbao, which opened in 1997, and which is now considered a masterpiece of modern architecture and design. Other expansion plans have not fared so well, with outposts in Las Vegas and Berlin closing after some years, and new building projects in Vilnius and Helsinki have been abandoned after opposition by residents, who were not persuaded they needed a Guggenheim in their city. This lecture looks at the beginning of both Solomon’s and Peggy’s collections in New York City, with artists they acquired such as Kandinsky and Pollock, and traces the development and expansion of their collections over more than half a century, by which time the Guggenheim name had become synonymous with some of the most inspiring art and museums in the world.   Click here for the history of the family and their wealth New membership year 2019/2020 November 28 IO Saturnalia: Happy Christmas the Roman Way Gillian Hovell Early Christians celebrated Christmas at the same tie as the ancient Romans were feasting and partying for their pagan Saturnalia festival. Many of the pagan habits were therefore absorbed into our Christmas traditions. Present-giving, holly and even party-hats all have their origins in this 2000 year old party. This talk will revel in artwork that is ancient and modern as we unwrap the images and stories behind our festive season.
Web site designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome, Handshake Computer Training.