Royston Pike

The Royston Pike Lecture Series 2017/2018 kicked off last month with a fascinating talk by Sir Gerald Acher about his adventures on the 1997 Peking to Paris Rally, following in the wheel-tracks of the original pioneers 90 years before.

The next talk will be held at King George’s Hall, Esher on Friday 13 October at 1.30pm and sees the return of an old friend of the series, John Pilkington, who will be sharing his journey across Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan with the audience. John is often called ‘one of Britain’s greatest tellers of travellers’ tales’ and is a well-respected author, journalist and broadcaster. His extensive travels have won him the much-coveted Royal Society Ness Award for popularising geography and the wider understanding of the world.

The Royston Pike Lectures are a popular fixture on the Elmbridge cultural calendar. They were first introduced by Edgar Royston Pike, formerly Chairman of the Esher Council, as the ‘Esher Library Lectures’ in the late sixties. Now in their 43rd year, they continue to attract audiences with their eclectic mix of subjects and speakers. Highlights from the 2017/2018 season include the Making of the Queen’s Barge - The Gloriana, WW1 history, a foray into the botanical heritage of tulips and Keith Holmes’ talk on the villas and gardens of Lake Como.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Every year on the series, we are fortunate to welcome authors, historians and professional lecturers who are passionate about their subjects and so enthusiastic about sharing their experience and knowledge. Please check what is on offer in the programme and come along”.

Tickets are priced at £3 per person, payable in cash and available at the door. There is no need to book. Just turn up!

For further details of the forthcoming Royston Pike Lectures, please see the full programme, email or call 01372 474568.

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