New Milton DFAS Programme of Events until June 2016
Next Event: Thursday 9 June 2016
Splendour at Court: dressing for Royal Occasions since 1600Lecturer: Nigel Arch
Today's relaxed young royals like to dress down - but what was life like at court when you had to dress up? Rigid rules ( and rigid corsets!) made court appearances an uncomfortable experience for novices. But debutantes and diplomats alike had to suffer for the honour. To tell us all about it, Nigel Arch will present ' Splendour at Court: dressing for Royal Occasions since 1600'
His talk will be at the Memorial Hall, Whitefield Road, at 10.30 am on Thursday 9th June. Coffee is served from 10.00am and visitors are welcome at a charge of £5. More details from Ann Clegg on 01590 643046 or email
This is the last lecture in this year's season. We will reconvene on 8th September for a presentation on Masterpieces of Chinese Landscape Painting.
Lecturer: Dr Caroline Shenton
'Everything you always wanted to know about Magna Carta'.
For the start of our new season of talks we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Dr Caroline Shenton, archivist and historian, will explore the 'Great Charter' that is the cornerstone of our constitution - the materials it was made from, its political purpose and importance, and the depictions of it in art throughout history. Finally, Dr Shenton will look at the buildings where the surviving originals of the 1215 Magna Carta are held today - Lincoln Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral and the British Library
Lecturer: Alice Foster
About Face: How to Read Portraits.
What do portraits tell us about the sitters? Are they shy? Are they powerful?: And what aspects of character are revealed? All these questions and more are covered in Alice Foster's October lecture.
Alice also deals with the wider themes of family, friendship, power and status. She considers the role of costume, emblems and coats of arms and asks what do portraits tell us about the period of painting.
Lecturer: Tony Faber
Faber & Faber -
its designs and history.
Faber and Faber is the last of the great publishing houses to remain independent, and Toby Faber, the grandson of its founder, will be our November speaker. Mr. Faber, who was managing director of the firm for four years, will trace its history through its eminent editorial team, including T.S. Eliot who became a director. Faber and Faber is renowned for its celebrated artists and illustrators such as Rex Whistler and Peter Blake and for its insistence on excellent design and innovative typography.
Lecturer: Sarah Deere-Jones
'Singe We Yule'
a musical portrait of a medieval Christmas.
Singe we Yule’ is a musical celebration of a medieval Christmas, brought to us by the renowned harpist Sarah Deere-Jones, who will entertain us with illustrations, readings and music for the Christmas season. Her presentation will feature a range of unusual instruments such as psalteries, hammered dulcimer, Hurdy-Gurdy and Gemshorn, as well as harps, in a joyful recreation of the atmosphere of Yuletide in a medieval manor.
Lecturer: Stephen Duffy
The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection.
To start the New Year, Stephen Duffy will celebrate the rich treasures of the Wallace Collection and its founders – five generations of one family. For a century between 1780 and 1880 they established this fine assembly of old master paintings. The greatest collectors were the 4th Marquess of Hertford and his illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace, who lived most of their lives in Paris. Yet their passion for great art gave London one of its finest galleries, recently refurbished at a cost of £5 million. To learn more about this aristocratic family and its lavish art collection join us at the Memorial Hall at 10.30am on Thursday 14th January.
Lecturer: Paul Harris
The Best Photographs of the 20th Century.
Does every photo tell a story? It does if the photographer is Cartier Bresson or Don McCullin. 'The Best Photographs of the 20th Century' will be brought to us in a vivid presentation by lecturer Paul Harris who will present 50 of his favourite photographs and explain why they are significant. The lecture comes with a warning - some of the images shown may appear challenging. They are meant to be!
Lecturer: Christopher Rogers
Mother Nature's second husband: Lancelot Brown.
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Brown, universally known as 'Capability'. The great English gardener believed all landscapes had 'capabilities' for enhancement and beauty, and even though at the time his work often appeared to be ruthless, it has matured into the most exquisite and memorable settings for many of our stately homes. Christopher Rogers will talk to us about Capability Brown and his legacy at such famous houses as Stowe and Petworth, Chatsworth, Blenheim and Harewood among others. Christopher has called his lecture by the amusing title Lancelot Brown - 'Mother Nature's Second Husband'. Come and join us for inspiration on how to improve your own little plot.
17 March 2016 - Special Interest Day
Lecturer: Dr. Annie Gray
The Art of Dining in Georgian England.
Lecturer: Naomi Motley
Inessential Necessities of the 18th century England.
If you are acting in an 18th century drama or attending a fancy dress ball you may find a fan or a snuff box an essential prop - as did the ladies and gentlemen of the time. But these items can also be described as 'Inessential Necessssities of 18th century England', which is the title of Naomi Motley's forthcoming talk.
It promises to be an amusing presentation so please join us at the Memorial Hall, Whitefield Road on Thursday 14 April. This month we make an early start for the AGM at 10.15, followed by the lecture, so please be seated by 10.10am. Coffee is served from 9.45am and visitors are welcome at a charge of £5.
Lecturer: Lynne Gibson
'What is Modern Art?'.
Is modern art mystery or magic? Are you a believer in its beauty or a sceptic who sees it as a con trick? When there are so many different styles and so many ' isms' it is not surprising that many people are bothered and bewildered by what is on show in today's galleries such as Tate Modern. Yet some people are also bewitched. So what is modern art? That is the question posed by our May lecturer, Lynne Gibson, who believes that the enormous changes in Europe in the last century - political, social, industrial and technological - have had an important effect on the art we now call 'modern' . Come and join us and have your eyes opened!
Lecturer: Nigel Arch
Splendour at Court: dressing for Royal Occasions since 1600
Today's relaxed young royals like to dress down - but what was life like at court when you had to dress up? Rigid rules ( and rigid corsets!) made court appearances an uncomfortable experience for novices. But debutantes and diplomats alike had to suffer for the honour. To tell us all about it, Nigel Arch will present ' Splendour at Court: dressing for Royal Occasions since 1600'.
Special Interest Day
Lecturer: Dr. Annie Gray