New Royston Pike Lecture Series

13 September 2016 

History, art, fashion, travel and politics are on the agenda of the 2016/2017 Royston Pike Lecture Series

September sees the return of the ever popular Royston Pike Lectures. The 2016-2017 series includes new speakers and explores brand new topics such as the Pre-Raphaelites art movement, WW1 in Surrey, all time Christmas favourite film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ anniversary, fashion folly through historic costumes, dramatic Cornwall landscapes and an exploration of the natural and human history on the local commons. Favourite lecturers David Edwards will be back with a ‘seismic’ lecture on Pompeii and Terry Johnson will not be able to resist a whiff of scandal with the life story of Mandy Rice Davies.

The new series will kick off on Thursday 22 September at 7.30pm at The Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames with a talk about Vernon Lushington and the Pre-Raphaelites by David Taylor. The introduction of British designer and artist Edward Burne-Jones to painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Vernon Lushington of Cobham is an event which led to the second phase of the Pre-Raphaelite art movement. This lecture considers Lushington’s place in the world of the Pre-Raphaelites. Dr. David Taylor is a well-known local historian, writer and speaker. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Chairman of the Surrey History Trust. He has published several works on the history of his home town of Cobham, which was also the home of Vernon Lushington and has travelled widely in the UK and the USA lecturing on various aspects of the Lushington family.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “This year’s Royston Pike programme is a real treat. Every year, we are fortunate to welcome authors, historians and professional lecturers who are passionate about their subjects and are so enthusiastic when sharing their experience and knowledge with the audience. Please check what is on offer in the programme and come along to meet like-minded people and discuss common interests. Tickets are priced £3 per person which represents extraordinary value for such a stimulating evening.”

For further details read about the forthcoming Royston Pike Lectures, email or call 01372 474 568.

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