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November 2020

Wharfs, wheelhouses and watermen: the history of Hobbs of Henley – online talk

26th November 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

This talk by Dr Simon Wenham, author of a new book written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Hobbs of Henley, explores the history of the firm, one of the best-known boating businesses on the Thames.  Hear how a 17th century family from Hambleden became not only notable pillars of the establishment in Henley and integral to the fabric of the regatta town, but also established a market-leading hospitality company.  The talk will include a Q & A with Managing…

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December 2020

John Piper – online talk SOLD OUT

3rd December 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Alexandra Epps is an accredited Arts Society Lecturer, Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern and Tate Britain and official Guide to the City of London  From cathedrals to churches, cottages to coastlines we are never very far from a place John Piper has painted, written about or undertaken a commission for. This illustrated talk will explore one of the most versatile British artists of
the twentieth century - painter, designer, stained glass artist, photographer and writer on the arts - a…

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John Piper Christmas Curator’s Tour – Cancelled

18th December 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

John Piper is one of the most prolific and versatile British artists of the 20th Century. The Museum’s gallery features works from private and public collections, many on display for the first time, which demonstrate Piper’s outstanding ability to diversify from paintings and drawings to stained glass and ceramics. The gallery is shining a spotlight on Piper’s Stones and Bones portfolio. Published in 1978, this ambitious set of 27 prints reproduced the artist’s work across a wide range of media,…

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January 2021

In the not-so Bleak Midwinter – online talk

12th January 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Timothy Walker was director of Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum for 26 years and since 2014 has been a Biology lecturer at Somerville College Oxford. Gardening books speak of putting the garden to bed for the winter.  While many plants become dormant during this cold, wet and dark time of year, some are providing fruit for the birds and other animals and while others are flowering.  Winter may not be the traditional season of big borders and drifts of different…

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February 2021

Coventry Cathedral: Icon and Inspiration – online talk

4th February 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Ticket sales for this event are now closed.  Sign up to our e-newsletter and be among the first to hear when new Museum events and talks go on sale. Alexandra Epps is an accredited Arts Society Lecturer, Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern and Tate Britain and official Guide to the City of London  The extraordinary story of the rebuilding of the Cathedral as a symbol of peace and reconciliation and its inspiring commitment to the modern. Experience the work of…

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March 2021

The Secret Archaeology of the Chilterns – online talk

2nd March 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr Edward Peveler is the Landscape Heritage Officer for the Beacons of the Past project, based at the Chilterns Conservation Board.  Hear about the Chilterns Conservation Board’s Beacons of the Past project, whose LiDAR survey is revealing undiscovered archaeology across the Area of Outstanding National Beauty with the help of Citizen Scientists. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, find out about the secrets hiding in the woods around you, and how you can get involved in helping to uncover…

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CANCELLED – The journey of Norman the elephant: a story of animal specimen collection – online talk

24th March 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This talk has been cancelled.  All tickets will be refunded. Amanda Callaghan is Professor of Invertebrate Zoology and curator of the Cole Museum at the University of Reading. The Cole Museum of Zoology is the collection of Professor Francis Cole who in 1906 was the first Professor of Zoology at University College, Reading now the University of Reading. This talk by the curator Professor Callaghan will take you behind the scenes to hear the stories of individual specimens. You will…

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April 2021

Colour in a Small Garden – online talk

13th April 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Timothy Walker was director of Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum for 26 years and since 2014 has been a Biology lecturer at Somerville College Oxford. Inspired by the Botanic Garden’s Gold Medal winning exhibit at the 1994 Chelsea Flower Show this talk explains some of the theory employed by artists and gardeners to achieve a variety of effects. Theory is supported by examples of specific colour combinations from a garden of 1/5 acre. The talk will take place online via…

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Life Lessons from Women in Rowing – online talk

22nd April 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

How does rowing shape us as people? What does it teach us about success (and failure)? This special online discussion, chaired by Annamarie Phelps, with GB rowing champions Cath Bishop, Frances Houghton and Naomi Riches, will look at how rowing is a platform for life. Hear from them on what rowing has taught them about relationships, change and perspective. With thanks to the British Association of Rowing Journalists (BARJ). The talk will take place online via Zoom. We will contact…

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May 2021

Three Colours in Art – online talk

6th May 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Alexandra Epps is an accredited Arts Society Lecturer, Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern and Tate Britain and official Guide to the City of London.  The symbolism, significance and spirituality of colour throughout the history of art. Experience the power of the red of the Tudors; the utopian white of Abstraction; the secret formula of International Klein Blue and Mondrian’s dynamic combination of all three. The talk will take place online via Zoom. We will contact you via email with…

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