Royston Pike Lecture Series

Now in its 43rd year, the Royston Pike Lecture Series continues to attract audiences with its eclectic mix of subjects. While we are finalising the programme, here are some highlights from the 2018-2019 series: 

Thursday 13 September - 7.30pm
‘From One Extreme to Another’ by Martin Pailthorpe
Riverhouse Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF

From the slopes of Everest to the Australian and African bush, from Siberia and the Arctic to the jungles of Guyana and South East Asia, Martin Pailthorpe draws from his 30 years experience as a TV producer in some of the most remote and challenging environments on earth to explore how film crews mount far flung expeditions and return with the goods.

Thursday 11 October - 7.30pm
‘The Real Journey’s End’ by Roland Wales (in partnership with the RC Sherriff Trust, celebrating 25 years of supporting the arts in Elmbridge)
Riverhouse Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF

R C Sherriff arrived in France in September 1916 and remained there until wounded in the third battle of Ypres in August 1917. During those months, he wrote many letters home to his parents and siblings, letters he later used as the basis for "Journey’s End" - a play which became a worldwide phenomenon. RolandWales, Sherriff’s biographer, links the characters, language and events of the play to the wartime experiences of Sherriff and his Battalion.

 Wednesday 7 November - 7.30pm
‘Across the Lake - The Donald Campbell Story’ Phil Holt
Civic Centre, Off High Street, Esher KT10 9SD

Born no more than 5 miles from Esher, Donald Campbell is the only man in history to hold both the world land and water speed records in the same year. Find out what made him a legend but also caused his fatal crash in 1967 when his last attempt to break the world record failed. Phil will talk about the recovery of Bluebird from Coniston Water and its restoration. Philip Holt was an Air Traffic Controller for almost 40 years and has served as a reservist in the R.A.F. as a flying instructor and in Maritime Air Region operations.

Tickets are £3 per person, payable in cash and available at the door. No advance booking required.

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