Meetings normally take place at 6.30pm in the Community Learning Centre, King Street, Wimborne (adjacent to the King Street Car Park).

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Date Lecture Lecturer
28 Mar The Car in Art and the Car as Art
Julian has previously talked about Stonehenge and Prehistoric potters. This lecture will showcase the beautiful and the bizarre, celebrating the dynamic, creative, and sometimes unsettling relationship between cars and art. With the promise that all cars will be electric with a generation, will all the examples shown end up not on the road but in galleries and museums?
Julian Richards
25 Apr Rags to Riches
Paul Stevenson is a senior lecturer in modern music at Bournemouth College'. This talk explores the transition of popular music from its origins in ragtime, folk, blues and jazz to its emergence as an established commercial art form. The talk is accompanied by live music from the FB Pocket Orchestra.
Paul Stevenson
23 May The Golden Age of Piracy
It is estimated that 50,000 pirates roamed the seas during the Golden Age of piracy. Who were they and how did they live? Find out in this fascinating look at the life of the 'Sea Dogs' who tried to command the seas and the riches of the world. Hear too about modern day piracy and how it compares to that mythical Golden Age.
Kathy McNally
27 June The English Domestic Revival
A renewed interest in English rural architecture led to the ‘English Domestic Revival’. Inspired by English farmhouses and the work of Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren, many houses and public buildings were erected at the end of the 19th century by Norman Shaw, Nesfield, Lutyens and other architects.
Christopher Rogers
25 July The King’s mother: Lady Margaret Beaufort
Lady Margaret Beaufort was mother to King Henry VII. Margaret survived a tumultuous childhood and four marriages to emerge after 1485 as the most powerful woman in England. This lecture presents a survey of her life and discussion of the various building projects with which she was involved and art that she commissioned.
Dr Angela Smith
22 Aug Wessex explored: Thomas Hardy’s world
Thomas Hardy’s Wessex is the land of his creative imagination - a sort of ‘dream Dorset’. He changed names and locations, enlarging or shrinking areas as it suited his creative purpose. Through the paintings of Henry Moule and Walter Tyndale and Hardy’s own words we will be able to explore Hardy’s Wessex.
Liz Merry
26 Sept The Legacy of Antoni Gaudi
The Legacy of Antoni Gaudi - Gaudi's masterpiece the Sagrada Familia (Basilica of the Sacred Family) will take till 2026 to finish. This illustrated presentation looks at the magnificent building and many of Gaudi's other works in Barcelona and Palma.
Christopher Legrand
24 Oct Portals of Salvation: The Medieval art of the door
The church door provided the first experience that a visitor would have with a place of Christian worship. These thresholds signify the moment of transition between the mundane exterior and the sacred space within, and in the great abbey and pilgrimage churches their adornment reflected that importance. This lecture includes examples of high Romanesque and Gothic designs.
Jethro Lyne
28 Nov Santa Clause – The Art that turns him from St. Nicholas into Santa Claus
Nicholas was the Greek Bishop of Myra, a 4th century port. Following his death, his legendary generosity established him as the principle gift-giving saint. Over the centuries the image of St Nicholas changed constantly until the Dutch re-invented him as Sinterklaas. In America, he transformed into kindly Santa Claus. Later re-imported into Britain without his Catholic baggage, he gradually emerged as Father Christmas - the jovial giver of presents.
Christopher Bradley