Arts and Heritage
These meetings are open to all U3A members and take place either at the Petersfield Community Centre or occasionally at other venues. The meetings take place at 2.30pm on the third Wednesday of each month. There is a charge of £2.50 per person, to cover the cost of the room and equipment hire as well as any fees for the speaker.
For further information please contact Joan Shepley, A&H Convenor.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed May 15th||Jonathon Jones - “The Life and Poetry of Emily Bronte”|
Jonathon has visited us several times and is always most interesting. This talk will cover the life of Emily Bronte and touching on her novels which are well known, but her poetry less so, and this talk will give an insight into this aspect.
|Wed Jun 19th||Note: Change of event.|
Alan Saunders on "The Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard". Alan has been a member of the Queen's Body Guard since 2003, but the guards actually date back from 1485. The head of the Queen's bodyguard is now a political appointment. Many famous people were in the Monarch's bodyguard in the past including Walter Raleigh and Thomas Percy so I think we are going to have a fascinating afternoon with Alan who has stepped in to cover for the original speaker who has had to withdraw through illness.
|Wed Jul 10th||ELTHAM PALACE AND GARDENS |
Eltham Palace is an intriguing place, some of you may have seen some of it on a recent Antiques Road Show. The original palace was given to Edward II in 1305 by the Bishop of Durham, Anthony Bek and was used as a royal residence from the 14th to the 16th century. It is said that the incident which inspired Edward III’s foundation of the Order of the Garter took place here. Henry VIII grew up here and it was here in 1499 that he met and impressed the scholar, Erasmus. introduced to him by Thomas More.
It has had a very varied history, much of it falling into disrepair until the 1930s when Stephen and Virginia Courtauld acquired the lease of the palace site and restored the Great Hall, while building an elaborate home internally in the Art Deco style.
I think our trip in July promises to be a very good Summer's Day Out.
Details can be found in the booking form, (see Arts& Heritage page), which should be completed and returned to me with your cheque. The cost of the trip is £32 per head, however, if you are an English Heritage Member, or have a National Art Fund pass, you would only need to pay £20 to cover the cost of the coach and Driver’s gratuity.
Arts and Heritage Group
|Wed Jul 17th||Andy Skinner on “Chalk Figures in England”. |
Some years ago Andy did some geophysical work on the Long Man of Wilmington in East Sussex, this started a fascination with the incredible world of chalk cut figures in down land. These embrace such fascinating themes, on identity to religious expressions and even poking fun at the famous.
|Wed Sep 18th||Mark Watts on “The History of Winchester Prison”.|
There has been a jail in Winchester since the 13th century at Jewry St (now a pub). The present one built in 1849 in the “Classical Victorian Radial Design”, covers 6 acres of land and has stood punishment, hangings and rehabilitation. Mark joined Winchester Prison in 1988 and retired in 2017 as Head of Security, so will be well qualified to unveil it’s secrets, both dark and humorous.
|Wed Oct 16th||Alexandra Loske on "Chinoiserie. Alexandra returns once again, this time to talk about the decorations every grand home in mid 18th century had, inspired by the Far East, predominantly China. This lecture (always beautifully illustrated) will explain the origins, with particular focus on various East India Companies around the year 1600.|
|Wed Nov 20th||Ryan Watts on “People and Archeology of Petersfield Heath”.|
Ryan studied at Exeter University with a keen interest in Prehistoric people of Britain. He now works as Learning & Community Engagement Officer at Petersfield Museum & hopes to expand the museum’s reach to schools, colleges and special interest groups. His talk will cover the Prehistoric Petersfield exploring those who lived here 4000 years ago. There have been exciting discoveries on the Heath over the last 4 years and Ryan will talk about the first people to live here, as well as about the artefacts & monuments left behind.